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NJ Justices Force Employers To Play Long Game In Bias Rows

Publisher: Law360
June 16, 2016

Greg Parliman was quoted in an article,"NJ Justices Force Employers To Play Long Game In Bias Rows," in Law360. In the article, he comments on the significance of the New Jersey Supreme Court decision in Sergio Rodriguez v. Raymours Furniture. The justices ruled that the six-month litigation time limit spelled out in an employment application for Raymours Furniture Co. Inc. and signed by plaintiff Sergio Rodriguez ran counter to the state's Law Against Discrimination, which allows two years for aggrieved workers to file court claims under the statute. In response to the Court's reliance on the need to allow an employee to first file an administrative claim before the Division on Civil Rights, Parliman said the ruling isn't an accurate reflection of how discrimination claims are prosecuted because most litigants tend to bypass the Division on Civil Rights and file with the courts anyway. In response to the Court's reliance on the need to allow the employer sufficient time to investigate a complaint of discrimination and/or prevent the premature filing of lawsuits, Parliman also noted that parties "agree to toll statutes of limitation all the time — including limitation periods under the NJLAD — and there is no reason that could not have been done with the six-month limitation period on the employment application."


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