Anti-bias Policy Alone not Enough to Shield UMDNJ from Liability

The NJ Law Journal reports today:

An anti-harassment policy can provide employers with a safe haven from discrimination claims, but an Essex County judge was too quick in tossing a suit case against the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey without making sure its policy was a good one. Finding factual disputes existed in Allen v. Adecco, Inc., A-1708-09, an appeals court on Thursday reversed a grant of summary judgment and reinstated Jessica Allen’s sexual harassment claim against UMDNJ. The Appellate Division said of the allegations that there was “no question that … , if believed, they establish a prima facie case of gender discrimination based on a hostile work environment.” The panel also overturned dismissal of Allen’s retaliation claim, on the ground that a jury should get the chance to decide if her transfer to a different job after she complained of harassment was meant to get her away from the alleged harasser or to get back at her.

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