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New Jersey Sexual Harassment and Retaliation Lawsuit Settlement Against County Must be Made Public

By Thomas McKinney

In Asbury Park Press v. County of Monmouth, the Supreme Court of New Jersey ruled that the County’s settlement of a sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit must be made available to the public despite the agreement of the parties to keep it confidential.  The Open Public Records Act specifically exempts sexual harassment complaints as being a confidential government record.  Moreover, the court recognized that lawsuits are filed in the judicial system where the public has a right of access.

Dated: January 26, 2010 – Castronovo & McKinney, LLC

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Tom McKinney is an experienced NJ Employment Lawyer in all major areas of labor and employment law, including discrimination, harassment, overtime violations, wage and hour claims, sexual harassment, wrongful discharge, Title VII, ADA, ADEA, FMLA, LAD, FLSA, and all other employment law claims. Tom is admitted to practice in the States of New Jersey and New York, United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, Southern District of New York, District of New Jersey, and United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Prior to forming the firm, Tom practiced at Gibbons P.C. in Newark, NJ. If you have any questions regarding this article, contact Tom here today.