In a groundbreaking decision on an issue of first impression, the New Jersey appellate court has held that a plaintiff may proceed with a punitive damages claim against her former employer despite the fact that a jury found that she failed in proving the common law tort of intentional infliction of emotional distress under New Jersey law. Rusak v. Ryan Automotive, L.L.C., No. A-2002-09T1 (N.J. Super. Ct. App. Div. Feb. 8, 2011).
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The New Jersey Supreme Court has held that a wage claim may be timely even though the alleged discrimination occurred outside the New Jersey’s Law Against Discrimination’s two-year statute of limitations. Alexander v. Seton Hall Univ., No. A-87-09 (Nov. 23, 2010). According to the Court, this is because each alleged discriminatory paycheck is a separate act, re-starting the limitation period. The Court, however, limited the plaintiffs’ damages to the two-year period from the date they filed their complaint.
The New Jersey Supreme Court has ruled 5-2 that an employee who engages in self-help and circumvents the pretrial discovery process by secretly copying her employer’s records for use in a discrimination lawsuit may be insulated from discipline and/or termination. The Court’s decision in Quinlan v. Curtiss-Wright Corp., No. A-51-09 (Dec. 2, 2010), adopting a totality-of-circumstances approach, gives employees who believe they were discriminated against more legal protections than ever while making it more difficult for employers to respond to employee misconduct.