Wall Of Silence: NJ Pays Millions To Cover Up Sexual Harassment

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As New Jersey taxes continue to surge to new records the State of New Jersey has been paying out millions to keep sexual harassment claims off the public’s radar.

NJ Taxpayer taxes hard at work covering up sexual harassment claims against government workers.

I was just at my local Wawa and I couldn’t help but take the following picture and upload it Instragram.

 

 

That’s the front page of today’s Asbury Park Press, one of the largest newspapers in NJ, which was also put up with a stand alerting readers to the scandal.

Just one more reason that my property taxes are over $10,000 a year and property taxes throughout the state are absolutely through the roof.

 

Harassment settlements

Summary of state sexual harassment settlements since 2006:

Department Number of Cases Settlement
Dept. of Law and Public Safety (includes State Police) 4 $1 million
Dept. of Human Services 5 $945,000
Dept. of Corrections 5 $939,500
Courts 5 $525,000
NJ Transit 3 $307,500
Dept. of Transportation 1 $60,000
Dept. of Military and Veterans Affairs 1 $45,000
Montclair State University 1 $45,000
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey 1 $25,000
Kean University 1 $9,900

Sources: N.J. Department of Law and Public Safety; state and court records; NJ Press Media archives; news reports.

Here’s the first page of a 5 page piece on the Asbury Park Press

 

State of sexual harassment payouts

New Jersey has paid millions in sexual harassment cases, but little has been done to change the culture in some agencies

Soon after joining New Jersey’s corrections officer academy, Gina Marie DiPasquale was taken aback by what she saw as blatant harassment of female trainees.

DiPasquale, an instructor at the Sea Girt academy, complained to her superiors about sexually offensive cadences used in training, verbal obscenities, inappropriate touching of female trainees by male instructors and other issues, according to court documents.

As a result, she was called a “psycho-b—” and “snitch” by co-workers. She was also subject to on-the-job retaliation, sex and gender discrimination, sexual harassment and a hostile work environment, according to court documents.

Fed up, she filed suit against the state in 2005 and resigned. Last year, she agreed to accept $415,000 from the state to settle the case. As part of the settlement, the state admitted no liability on behalf of its employees.

t is not unusual for a civil case to take several years to reach a conclusion.

DiPasquale, who is now a senior corrections officer at New Jersey State Prison in Trenton, could not be reached for comment. According to the settlement, DiPasquale agreed not to seek work at the academy again, but there was no other bar against state employment.

Two decades after it became a hot-button issue in New Jersey and the nation, sexual harassment remains very much alive within state government, an Asbury Park Press investigation found.

Despite millions of dollars spent in settlements, state agencies declined to discuss any disciplinary actions that may have been taken against alleged harassers. The Department of Corrections, for example, does not comment on lawsuits, and disciplinary action is not public information, spokeswoman Deirdre Fedkenheuer said. The agency takes all equal-employment issues seriously, “places a high priority on training and prevention, and the department will take remedial action when appropriate,” she said in an email.

Many of the state employees and supervisors named in lawsuits remained on the job as of this summer or have retired with lucrative pensions.

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Source: Asbury Park Press

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