RACE DISCRIMINATION CASE FILED AGAINST SANTANDER BANK FOR CHARGING EXCESSIVELY HIGH-INTEREST RATE TO HISPANIC BORROWERS IN AN AUTOMOBILE LOAN. On behalf of our clients, who are Hispanics, a lawsuit was filed against Santander Consumer USA, INC (SANTANDER) and SUNRISE MOTORS in New Jersey in connection with the sale and financing of a motor vehicle. Some…

1. Bait and Switch This is the most classic types of scam. The dealer advertised the vehicle with a low price, or interest rate, or any other promised representations in the advertisement, in order to lure a customer into the dealership. After the customer comes into the dealership, he or she is met with a…

What you should know about employment discrimination law You got employed just over a year ago. You were very excited to be part of the team and something larger than you. From the day of your employment, you have put in your best to make sure you move your company forward. However, you have been…

In June 2016, the United States Equal Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency responsible for investigation and enforcing federal anti-discrimination laws, released a study of workplace harassment, which concluded that up to 85% of woman have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace, but most go unreported. According to another EEOC report, 75% of employees who…

In employment discrimination cases, such as age, race, ethnicity, disability, sex, etc., or discriminatory harassment, direct evidence of discrimination includes, but not limited to, for example, supervisor making discriminatory comments in emails, recorded telephone messages, text messages, social media positing’s, etc. While direct evidence of discrimination is preferred, a plaintiff is not required to come…

THE NEW JERSEY CONSUMER FRAUD ACT (CFA) IMPOSES STRICT LIABILITY FOR VIOLATION OF REGULATIONS PROMULGATED PURSUANT TO THE CFA Background of the Consumer Fraud Act (“CFA or the “Act”) The New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act, N.J.S.A. 56:8-1 et seq., (the “CFA” or the “ACT”) in pertinent parts, provides as follows: The act, use or employment…

The Fair Debt Collection Practice Act (FDCPA) is a federal law that protects consumers from certain improper debt collection practices. The FDCPA makes the following acts and conducts illegal: Contacting You or Third Parties A debt collector may not contact you before 8:00 am or after 9:00 pm any day, unless you agree. A debt…

We filed a pregnancy discrimination case against a human resource (HR) consulting firm that publishes HR magazines for the corporate world. The HR company terminated our client’s employment after she inquired about certain benefits related to her pregnancy. Our client was employed by the company for more than three (3) years. The company claimed that…

We filed a Pregnancy discrimination case against a New Jersey diner on behalf of a client who worked at the diner as a server and overnight shift manager for a period of 14 months. After the client became visibly pregnant, the owners of the diner began to reduce her hours from over 40 hours per week to…

Duty to defend arises from the Claim (the Complaint) An insurer’s broad duty to defend is well-settled in the State of New Jersey- it is triggered by the allegations contained in the complaint. SL Industries, Inc. v. American Motorists Ins. Co., 128 N.J. 188 (1992)(the duty to defend is generally determined by comparing the allegations…

On June 2, 2015, the Office of the Attorney General and the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs have obtained a $6.34 million default judgment against Anthony Angelo Pizza of Rutherford and two home improvement companies he operated, A. Pizza Contracting, LLC and AP Building & Construction, LLC, a/k/a “AP Builders & Construction, LLC,” after…

In employment discrimination cases, such as age, race, ethnicity, disability, sex, etc., or discriminatory harassment, direct evidence of discrimination includes, but not limited to, for example, supervisor making discriminatory comments in emails, recorded telephone messages, text messages, social media postings, etc. While direct evidence of discrimination is preferred, a plaintiff is not required to come…

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