Paterson Top Stories

A $30,000 Settlement in Age Discrimination Case Brought by Former City Health Division Worker

February 14, 2013 at 8:15 AM


PATERSON, NJ – The City Council Wednesday night agreed to pay $30,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by 73-year-old doctor who says Paterson discriminated against her because of her age when municipal officials did not name her health officer several years ago.

In documents filed with the lawsuit, Jadwiga Warwas of Rutherford said she worked in the city’s health department from October 2003 through 2008 and had even received an extra $40,000 in February 2008 for her “exceptional performance” running the lead program.

Sign Up for E-News

The case documents say Warwas was a licensed physician in Virginia, but not in New Jersey. After being named director of Personal Health Services/Quality Assurance Control in March 20008, Warwas in court documents that Nilda Torres, the city’s human services director at the time, told her she would be named Health Officer as soon as the person in the position retired.

Instead, Warwas maintains, she was notified in December 2008 that the city no longer had enough funds to pay her and that she would be terminated at the end of the year. Warwas says she was locked out of her office. Her lawsuit also maintains that Paterson in January 2009 began looking for a new person for the job and ended up hiring someone, which she says undermined the city’s assertion that it no longer could afford to pay her.

Unlike many other lawsuits the city settles, this case actually began trial. But the council’s resolution says Paterson’s defense lawyer sought the settlement after the trial began. The resolution also says the settlement helped Paterson avoid being responsible for Warwas’ legal fees.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News


Pass me a Flagel with Cream Cheese, Please

“Ummm, this is good,” said my husband with a mouthful of food. “What is it?”

I looked up from the kitchen sink where I was doing dishes.  “It’s a cronut.”

“A what?”

“A cronut.  It’s part croissant part doughnut.”

He looked at me like I had two heads.

“I was actually going to get some duffins, ...

Woodland Park Residents Will Vote to Reopen School 1, As Crowding At Memorial Becomes An Issue

October 18, 2016

LITTLE FALLS, NJ – On November 8, Woodland Park residents will have the opportunity to vote for the school district’s bond referendum to reopen School No. 1, located on McBride Avenue.

The school district is in favor of reopening School No. 1 to address overcrowding at Memorial Middle School. There are currently classes being taught in the cafeteria and the library due to the ...

Impact 100 Garden State Announces Seven Finalists; Welcomes Wendy Steele as Keynoter

October 18, 2016

When Impact 100 Garden State arrived in New Jersey in 2012, it offered women an innovative way to transform the act of charitable giving.  The effort was local, but the founders’ inspiration came from Wendy Steele who created the Impact 100 concept in Cincinnati 2001. Her idea was straightforward: first recruit 100 women who would donate $1,000 each, then pool the money to fund a local ...