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Claudia Reis’s Legal Cases

5 total

  • Quinlan v. Curtiss-Wright Corp.

    Practice Area:
    Employment and labor
    Date:
    Dec 02, 2010
    Outcome:
    Court adopted a multi-prong test similar to that proposed by Ms. Reis in her amicus submission.
    Description:
    Ms. Reis entered an appearance as amicus curiae (friend of the Court) in favor of plaintiff's position that plaintiff's copying documents that support her gender discrimination case and providing those copies solely to her attorney for purposes of assisting in the prosecution of her lawsuit may constitute protected conduct.
  • Cutler v. Dorn

    Practice Area:
    Discrimination
    Date:
    Jul 31, 2008
    Outcome:
    (not available)
    Description:
    Ms. Reis participated in the submission of an amicus brief on behalf of NELA-NJ in this Supreme Court of New Jersey case wherein the Court held that off-color jokes about one's religion will be tested by the same standards as those for hostile work environment claims brought on the basis of race and/or gender. Essentially, this case overruled the Heitzman v. Monmouth County, 321 N.J. Super. 133 (1999) case in which the Appellate Division suggested that hostile work environment claims on the basis of religion are tested by a more stringent standard than other hostile work environment cases.
  • Thomas v. St. Joseph's Hospital

    Practice Area:
    Discrimination
    Date:
    Jan 01, 2006
    Outcome:
    Jury Verdict Award plus Attorneys' Fees
    Description:
    Ms. Reis tried this race discrimination and retaliation case to a favorable verdict on behalf of her client.
  • Frizalone v. New Jersey Transit, et al.

    Practice Area:
    Employment and labor
    Outcome:
    Total award of $2,285,650.48
    Description:
    On February 24 and 25, 2009, after a month-long trial, a jury sitting in the Superior Court of New Jersey for Essex County in Newark unanimously found that New Jersey Transit Police Lieutenant Theresa Frizalone was denied four separate promotions to Captain in retaliation for her complaints of gender discrimination. The jury awarded $339,000 in compensatory damages for lost pension and retiree medical benefits, $210,000 in compensatory damages for emotional distress, and $1,000,000 in punitive damages against New Jersey Transit, for a total of $1,549,000 in damages. With a post-trial award of attorneys’ fees and prejudgment interest, the total award was $2,285,650.48.
  • Quinlan v. Curtiss-Wright Corporation

    Practice Area:
    Discrimination
    Outcome:
    Supreme Court reinstated jury verdict
    Description:
    On December 2, 2010, the Supreme Court of New Jersey reversed an Appellate Division decision and re-instated a more than $9.1 million dollar verdict in favor of a Human Resources Director who sued her former employer for gender discrimination and retaliation. Claudia Reis submitted an amicus (friend of the court) brief on behalf of the National Employment Lawyers Association of New Jersey. The position advocated in the brief was that the Court adopt a balancing test to determine when employees are entitled to legal protections for providing confidential company documents to their attorneys in connection with discrimination, harassment or retaliation claims. While the parties and the other organizations appearing as amicus proposed bright-line rules, the Supreme Court of New Jersey adopted a balancing test that incorporated the factors suggested by the Green, Savits & Lenzo attorneys in the amicus brief. This decision is an important one for employees across the State of New Jersey because it makes clear that employees do not necessarily lose the protections under the Law Against Discrimination for sharing certain confidential company information with their attorneys.