The New Jersey Supreme Court has ruled for the first time on the proof employees must offer to make a religion-based hostile work environment claim stick. The case, Cutler v. Dorn, established that New Jersey courts must decide workplace religious discrimination claims using the same legal standards they use in racial and gender discrimination claims.
Anti-Semitism in Haddonfield
Jason Cutler was a police officer employed by the borough of Haddonfield. Cutler, who is Jewish, said his supervisors and co-workers made demeaning comments about Jews.
He alleged that the chief of police referred to Cutler as “the Jew,” and asked Cutler “where [his] big Jew … nose” was. He also alleged that a lieutenant made comments like, “Why didn’t you go into your family business?” and “Jews make all the money.”
Cutler said he remained silent because he feared speaking up would limit his advancement opportunities.
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