Robert Woodruff and Kieran M. Dowling of Schiller, Pittenger & Galvin, P.C., recently settled an employment matter on behalf of a gay, white female, high school athletic director for the sum of $397,500.00.
The plaintiff supervised approximately 136 employees. Her duties included the hiring of coaches. The complaint, which alleged violations of New Jersey’s Law Against Discrimination, alleged when a new principal (who was male and African American) was hired, he attempted to undermine and usurp her position. His actions allegedly created a hostile work environment. Despite repeated complaints to her supervisors about the principal’s hostile and discriminatory treatment, the school board took no action in response.