Job discrimination can take subtle forms, but being assigned to hear criminal cases in Essex County isn’t one of them, the Appellate Division said July 13 in a ruling that prevents Judge Francine Schott from suing her superiors for gender bias.

The court affirmed dismissal of Schott’s claim that her 2001 transfer from civil to criminal cases was an adverse job action for which she could seek relief under the state Law Against Discrimination.

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