NJ Bartender’s ‘vulgar’ behavior debunks bias claims

By Abby Wargo (April 20, 2022, 5:16 p.m. EDT) — A New Jersey state appeals court has denied a former bartender’s request to revive a sex discrimination lawsuit, saying his own conduct “offensive” at work undermined his allegations of harassment.

A three-judge panel on Tuesday declined to revive Lauren Bouziotis’ lawsuit against her former employer, Iron Bar, saying it violated New Jersey’s anti-discrimination law, saying the bar had a culture of vulgar behavior to which Bouziotis was involved and that the unprofessional behavior did not constitute discrimination.

“We are satisfied that plaintiff cannot prevail over her LAD claims based on her own offensive and inappropriate conduct at Iron Bar,” the judges wrote in…

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