Judge rules in favor of Bayonne in hostile work case, sets deposition deadline


A judge has ruled in favor of the City of Bayonne in a nearly four-year-old hostile work environment case, setting a deposition deadline of about a month from now.

Bayonne City Hall. Photo via Google Maps.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Hudson County Superior Court Judge Joseph Turula set the deadline for depositions sought by Sincerrae Ross, a former municipal employee, for November 30th, with any expert reports due on December 8th for the plaintiff, and then December 15th for the defendants.

His October 20th ruling also notes that the depositions of experts must be completed by November 30th, with a discovery deadline of January 24th, 2024, and a trial date set for April 22nd, 2024 (it was originally October 24th of this year).

Turula’s decision came after both sides filed dueling motions earlier this month, with the city looking for the timeline on depositions to extended, while Ross to reinstate defendants’ answers and affirmative defenses and also strike them with prejudice, as only HCV reported.

Ross filed a lawsuit in December 2019 alleging that City Hall was “a sexually charged hostile work environment and a culture of sex within the work place.”

In June of this year, she unsuccessfully sought default judgement, while one of the defendants, Linda Vanderweeden, was unable to get a protective order against Ross the following month after alleging she was stalking her.

The lawsuit names nearly two dozen defendants, including Mayor Jimmy Davis, Business Administrator Donna Russo, former Business Administrator Joe DeMarco, Law Director Jay Coffey, and Public Safety Director Robert Kubert.

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