SENATE, No. 1798

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

218th LEGISLATURE

INTRODUCED FEBRUARY 8, 2018

 


 

Sponsored by:

Senator† ROBERT W. SINGER

District 30 (Monmouth and Ocean)

Senator† LORETTA WEINBERG

District 37 (Bergen)

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

†††† Requires settlement agreements concerning equal employment opportunity to be approved by NJT board of directors.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

†††† As introduced.

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An Act concerning certain settlement agreements entered into by the New Jersey Transit Corporation and supplementing Title 27 of the Revised Statutes.

 

†††† Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

 

†††† 1.††† a.† The New Jersey Transit Corporation shall not enter into any discrimination-related settlement agreement unless the corporationís board of directors first approves the discrimination-related settlement agreement.

†††† b.††† The board of directors shall require a report to be prepared annually by the executive director and provided to the board which contains the discrimination-related settlement agreements approved in the immediately preceding year, a comparison of discrimination-related settlement agreements approved in the immediately preceding year with the discrimination-related settlement agreements approved in the preceding five years, and an indication of the department or unit subject to the complaint or allegations underlying the discrimination-related settlement agreement.† The report prepared pursuant to this subsection shall be immediately published on the corporationís website and, within 10 days, submitted to the Governor and, pursuant to section 2 of P.L.1991, c.164 (C.52:14-19.1), to the Legislature.

†††† c.†††† For the purposes of this section, ďdiscrimination-related settlement agreementĒ means any binding legal agreement between the corporation and any other party or parties arising from any complaint filed pursuant to the corporationís equal opportunity policy or under federal or State laws and regulations that prohibit discrimination.

 

†††† 2.††† This act shall take effect immediately.

 

 

STATEMENT

 

†††† This bill prohibits the New Jersey Transit Corporation (NJ Transit) from entering into any settlement agreement concerning equal employment opportunity or unlawful discrimination unless the settlement agreement is approved by the NJ Transit board of directors.† NJ Transitís bylaws only require approval from the board of directors if a settlement agreement involves an amount of money in excess of $500,000.

†††† The bill also requires NJ Transit to prepare an annual report that contains the discrimination-related settlement agreements approved in the immediately preceding year, a comparison of discrimination-related settlement agreements approved in the immediately preceding year with the discrimination-related settlement agreements approved in the preceding five years, and an indication of the department or unit subject to the complaint or allegations underlying the discrimination-related settlement agreement.† The report is required to be published on NJ Transitís website and submitted to the Governor and the Legislature.