Settlement Information

The plaintiffs in the Lawsuit allege that all female prisoners at EMCFW were subjected to a pattern and practice of sexual abuse and harassment by NJDOC staff since 2014 and that NJDOC administrators failed to prevent, halt or remedy such conduct. NJDOC and its representatives deny any wrongdoing and deny the claims and allegations asserted in the Lawsuit. The court has not ruled on the merits of the plaintiffs’ claims and has made no determination of violations or liability against the defendants. The parties nevertheless have agreed to settle the Lawsuit.

Class Members who timely submit a valid approved claim are entitled to compensation. The deadline for submitting a claim is October 29, 2021.

Who Is A Class Member?

You are a member of the Class if you are or were, at any time since January 1, 2014,  a woman inmate in the custody of NJDOC who was assigned to EMCFW in Union Township, New Jersey.

Your Legal Rights and Options

Option and Deadline

Your Legal Rights

Submit a Claim

by October 29, 2021

Receive a payment as part of the Settlement Class.

This is the only way to get a payment from the Settlement. You can submit a valid and timely claim form by mail (as described in Question 7 of the FAQ page). If you do not submit a claim, you will not receive a settlement payment. A description of available benefits to Settlement Class Members can be found in Question 5 of the FAQ page and in the Class Notice.

Exclude Yourself (Opt Out)

(deadline passed)

Remove yourself from the Settlement Class, and receive no payment.

If you do not want to be bound by the Settlement, you must request to be excluded (opt out) from the Settlement. If you request to be excluded, you will retain any individual rights you have against NJDOC and will not be deemed to have individually “released” NJDOC from any of the released claims. However, you will not be eligible to receive compensation under the Settlement. You also may not object to the Settlement if you request to be excluded. You must request to be excluded in writing, postmarked no later than September 14, 2021.

Object to the Settlement

(deadline passed)

Remain in the Settlement Class, but explain why the Settlement is unfair or inadequate. 

If you are a Class member, you can object to any part of the Settlement if you do not think it is fair, reasonable, or adequate. You may file a written objection no later than September 14, 2021. If you want to be heard orally in opposition to the settlement, either personally or through counsel, you must indicate your intention to appear at the hearing in your written objection.

Attend the Fairness Hearing

October 15, 2021 at 1:30 PM

If you submit a written objection, you may ask to speak in Court about your opinion of the Settlement Agreement.

Do Nothing

No Deadline

 

Receive no payment.

You will be included in the Settlement Class, but you will not receive a payment. You will still be bound by the release.

Dates and Deadlines

Claim Deadline

Postmarked by

October 29, 2021

Exclusion Deadline

Postmarked by

September 14, 2021

Objection Deadline

Postmarked by

September 14, 2021

Fairness Hearing

1:30 PM on

October 15, 2021