Relatively few lawsuits—including discrimination and employment-related cases—are actually tried in a courtroom. In most cases, the parties reach a private settlement.
In the typical settlement scenario, the employer agrees to pay a sum of money or provide some other benefit. The employee agrees to release his or her claims against the employer and then withdraws the lawsuit. The terms of the settlement are spelled out in a formal contract so both parties understand their rights and obligations.
But what happens if the parties reach a settlement and the employer holds up its end of the bargain, only to have the employee have second thoughts and bring another lawsuit?
In two recent cases, judges dismissed those subsequent suits and enforced the terms of the original settlements.
In Conti v. County of Mercer (WL 4255931, N.J. App. Div., 2009), a county employee claimed he had been the victim of workp...(register to read more)