Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Because of EEOC taking 19 years to resolve complaint, woman is still in litigation with state lottery officials for reneging on 1994 job promise.

On November 8, 2013, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) finally concluded its investigation into a Bradley Beach woman's 1995 administrative discrimination complaint alleging that the New Jersey Lottery Commission refused to hire her because she was a blonde.  The EEOC's November 8, 2013 letter is known as a "right to sue" letter and instructs complainants that they have 90 days within which to file a lawsuit.

The woman, Lorraine Scocozza, did file her lawsuit on February 7, 2014--within the 90 day window. According to the federal lawsuit, Scocozza was promised a position collecting lottery receipts from agents who hadn't turned in their sales receipts.  According to the lawsuit, her job was "primarily . . . to convince the agent to agree to cooperate in payment to avoid a visit by the State Police."  In December 1994, lottery officials allegedly reneged on their job promise and Scocozza said that one official told her that "Well, the high ups at the Lottery had a big problem with a blonde woman like you going into Newark."

Discover is now wrapping up and, according to an August 22, 2016 scheduling order, Magistrate Judge Douglas E. Arpert will conduct a status conference on September 28, 2016.