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Torres v. Amerada Hess Corp.

SUPERIOR COURT OF NEW JERSEY APPELLATE DIVISION


October 23, 2008

KAREN TORRES, APPELLANT,
v.
AMERADA HESS CORPORATION, RESPONDENT.

On appeal from the Department of Law and Public Safety, Division on Civil Rights, Docket No. EM25WB-50957.

Per curiam.

NOT FOR PUBLICATION WITHOUT THE APPROVAL OF THE APPELLATE DIVISION

Submitted September 29, 2008

Before Judges Skillman and Grall.

Complainant Karen Torres appeals from a final determination of the Director of the Division on Civil Rights. Torres alleged that her employer, respondent Amerada Hess Corporation, discriminated against her on the basis of her race and disability and terminated her employment in retaliation for her prior complaints about discrimination in violation of N.J.S.A. 10:5-4 and N.J.S.A. 10:5-12(a), (d). After an investigation and initial finding of no probable cause, the Director reopened the case on Torres's motion for reconsideration. The Division conducted a further investigation, and, for reasons stated in written "findings of the investigation" determined that there was no probable cause to believe that the employer had discriminated or retaliated against Torres. On October 24, 2007, the Director approved the "findings of the investigation" and, on that ground, dismissed her complaint, in accordance with N.J.S.A. 10:5-4 and N.J.A.C. 13:4-6.1(b)(1).

The Director's determination "is supported by sufficient credible evidence on the record as a whole," R. 2:11-3(e)(1)(D), and we affirm substantially for the reasons stated in the "findings of the investigation."

Affirmed.

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