Settlement Reached in New Jersey Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

A New Jersey company has agreed to pay $325,000 to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit involving allegations that Closter’s top administrator exposed female employees to pornography. According to this news report, the settlement took place December 5, 2008 between the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and defendants AmerTac Holding and American Tack & Hardware required the companies to provide anti-discrimination training and information to employees in addition to the payout.

The New Jersey sexual harassment lawsuit filed by the commission five years ago on behalf of 13 women claimed that John Di Stefano exposed them to pornographic images on his computers on a daily basis while calling them derogatory names. Di Stefano was the vice president of information technology at the company between 2001 and 2002.

In this case, the company official’s unwanted sexual behavior or sexual references created a hostile working environment for those women, who were obviously embarrassed and humiliated by his behavior. Sexual harassment in the workplace can come in different forms – verbal, nonverbal or physical harassment.

It is the employer’s responsibility to keep employees safe and maintain a healthy environment for them. If you have been a victim of sexual harassment in New Jersey and believe that your employer has done nothing to protect you from such harassment, you need to seek legal advice from an experienced New Jersey sexual harassment victim attorney. Please call Lependorf & Silverstein for a free consultation today.