In Fouche v. New Jersey Transit, No. 11-3031, 2012 U.S. App. LEXIS 14524, (3rd Cir. July 16, 2012), a bus driver sued his employer under Title VII and the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination for refusing to accommodate his religion-based request not to drive on Sundays. Rejecting the plaintiff’s claim, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals held that the plaintiff’s requested accommodation would have caused the employer an undue hardship, insofar as it would have required the employer to shift some of the Sunday driving to other drivers, and it would have resulted in a breach of the seniority provision of the union’s collective bargaining agreement.
In early January, parallel Senate and Assembly bills (A580 and S334) were reintroduced in another attempt to make a number of significant changes to the Law Against Discrimination (LAD). (Prior unsuccessful versions of these bills were proposed in 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2010.) Among the many revisions sought by the legislators:
As yet another example of increased enforcement activity in immigration-related contexts, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) obtained a consent order resulting in a New Jersey computer consulting company agreeing to pay $638,449 in back wages and interest to 67 programmer analyst workers. In addition, the company must pay $126,778 in civil penalties and interest
Effective April 13, 2012, visa processing fees at U.S. consular posts for several types of nonimmigrant and immigrant visa applications have changed. The fees for most nonimmigrant visa applications have increased, while those for all immigrant visa applications and “Treaty Investor” and “Treaty Trader” (E) nonimmigrant visa applications have decreased.