Sunday, April 2, 2017
RICHMOND LAPOLLA VS. COUNTY OF UNION, ET AL. A-2411-14T3
RICHMOND LAPOLLA VS. COUNTY OF UNION, ET AL.
Plaintiff claimed to be the victim of political patronage, suffering adverse employment actions in part because his politically active brother sparred with the chairwoman of the Union County Democratic Party. Plaintiff's appeal from the dismissal of his complaint presents the question whether his familial and social affiliations qualify as constitutionally protected conduct that satisfies an essential element of his claims for violation of the New Jersey Civil Rights Act (NJCRA), N.J.S.A. 10:6-1 to -2, and retaliation. We hold that they do not.