In LaPolla v. Union County, et al., the Plaintiff claimed he suffered from adverse employment actions in part because of his brother’s political affiliations. Plaintiff’s appeal from the dismissal of his complaint raised the issue of whether plaintiff’s familial political affiliations are constitutionally protected conduct under the New Jersey Civil Rights Act and retaliation.

The Appellate Division’s published opinion issued on March 28, 2017, affirmed the dismissal of the case as to the defendants, Union County and former county manager George Devanney, holding that the Plaintiff did not engage in a protected activity.

PR&D’s Robert F. Renaud, Esq., who successfully argued the appeal, commented that the Appellate Division ruling is “helpful to clarify the contours of the rights the Civil Rights Act protects” and further holds that “not any affiliation, or any action that in some peripheral way may involve politics, is a protected activity.” The opinion was also the subject of an article in the New Jersey Law Journal.

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