Child sexual abuse is a heinous crime, especially when the perpetrator is someone in a position of trust. Priests, teachers, coaches, and Boy Scout leaders often have one-on-one access to vulnerable young people and crimes are committed.
New Jersey recently made it easier for victims of sexual abuse to file civil actions against their attackers. The recently-signed legislation extends the statute of limitations in civil actions to the victim’s age 55 or 7 years after the victims realize their abuse, whichever is later.
If your child is one of the thousands of young athletes across New Jersey who spends hours working with coaches in their sport, the last thing that you would expect would be to have your child exposed to sexual abuse.
Almost one year ago, the Stop Sexual Harassment in NYC Act was signed into law by Mayor Bill de Blasio. This comprehensive legal package addresses sexual harassment in the workplace. An important component of the legislation expanded the City Human Rights Law for gender-based harassment by increasing the statute of limitations from one to three years.
A chance meet-up in Puerto Rico by JetBlue flight attendants and pilots ended with sexual assault of two of the flight attendants by one pilot, according to a lawsuit recently filed in a New York federal court.
The suit also accuses JetBlue of inaction after the incident was reported last year, soon after the alleged assault occurred.
Under a bill recently signed into law, New Jersey employers cannot force workers to obey nondisclosure agreements when they settle a sexual assault, sexual harassment or discrimination claim. The support for this legislation was overwhelming in the Legislature as well as from Governor Murphy who signed it into law.
Earlier this month, Governor Phil Murphy announced new state policies that establish procedures for managing sexual misconduct allegations against state employees.