On June 9, 2014, the New Jersey Appellate Division reinstated a June 2012 Morris County jury verdict in favor of former Parsippany-Troy Hills Board of Education Transportation Coordinator, Kathleen Warrick, on her tortious interference claim against Michael Strumolo. Mr. Strumolo was the school bus maintenance contractor for the Parsippany Board of Ed for almost 30 years. A Morris County jury found in favor of Ms. Warrick’s claim that Mr. Strumolo’s conduct led to her being fired by the Board of Ed. Ms. Warrick, as Transportation Coordinator, had repeatedly raised concerns about Mr. Strumolo’s maintenance of the Parsippany Board’s school buses in light of multiple buses on numerous occasions failing New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission inspections and that Mr. Strumolo retaliated by using his political connections to get Ms. Warrick fired. The Appellate Division ruled that the trial judge erroneously threw out the jury verdict against Mr. Strumolo and concluded there was sufficient evidence for the jury to find that Mr. Stumolo had unlawfully interfered with Ms. Warrick’s Board of Ed position and ordered that a trial setting damages should take place. The same jury had ruled against her whistleblower claim against the Board of Education and the Appellate Division rejected her claims of trial errors on that claim. It is anticipated that aspect of the Appellate Division’s decision will be appealed to the New Jersey Supreme Court. Jon Green represented Ms. Warrick both at trial and on appeal. The Appellate Division decision and Star Ledger article reporting the opinion can be accessed by clicking on the links.
Employment Attorneys Serving Northern and Central New Jersey
In the May, 2014 edition of the AARP Bulletin, Glen Savits was quoted in an article entitled, Forced Out, Older Workers Are Fighting Back. The article highlighted Mr. Savits’ case Seibert v. Quest Diagnostics addressing the obstacles in proving age discrimination cases.
On March 26, 2014, Glen Savits gave a presentation to law students at Rutgers University School of Law in Newark, New Jersey concerning the misclassification of employees by employers in order to avoid paying overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
On March 26, 2014, Jon Green was a speaker at the 2014 Labor and Employment Law Forum held at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick, N. J. The conference was sponsored by the New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education. Mr. Green was a panel speaker that addressed legal ethical issues that arise when representing more than one employee in a single case. The program was entitled "Ethical Issues in Fee Agreements and Multi-Party Representation: Good Beginnings for Headache Free Endings".
On December 7 & 8, 2013, Jon Green was a judge at the Yale University Mock Trial Invitational Competition in New Haven, Connecticut.
On November 18, 2013, Jon Green was named Executive Committee Coordinator of the Civil & Personal Rights Subcommittee of the New Jersey Labor & Employment Section Executive Committee.
On November 14, 2013, Glen Savits spoke at a seminar presented by the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education entitled "Labor and Employment Issues for the Corporate and In-House Attorney." Mr. Savits discussed reasonable accommodations of employees with disabilities.
On November 1, 2013, US News & World Report listed Green, Savits & Lenzo as one of the Best Law Firms in the country for the fourth year in a row. The firm was ranked in Tier 1 in the New Jersey Metropolitan Area for labor and employment law litigation and Tier 2 in the New Jersey Metropolitan Area for representation of individuals in employment law matters.*
On September 20, 2013, Glen Savits participated in the Annual Employment Law Conference sponsored by NELA-NJ and NJ ICLE entitled "Weathering the Storm: Managing Urgent Issues in Employment Law". Mr. Savits was both the Master of Ceremonies for the seminar and moderator for a panel discussing important employment law cases within the last twelve months.