Current and former employees have up to two years to sue under the New Jersey Civil Rights Act (NJCRA).
Recent case: Lucy Gracia-Brown sued her employer, the city of Newark. She claimed that she had been “affiliated” with former Mayor Sharpe James. Once Cory Booker was elected mayor, she found herself moved to jobs she considered undesirable. For example, shortly after the election, Gracia-Brown was transferred to the sanitation department, where she was assigned to “a filthy, empty desk, devoid of a computer or any office supplies.”
Gracia-Brown’s lawsuit alleged that the city retaliated against her for her association with the former mayor, in violation of the NJCRA.
The court dismissed Gracia-Brown’s suit because she filed it too late. The NJCRA requires plaintiffs to sue within two years of an alleged retaliatory act. Gracia-Brown missed that deadline. (Gracia-Brown v. City of Newark, No. 09-3752, DC NJ, 2010)