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The Employment Non-Discrimination Act

Did you know that in 29 states it’s still legal to fire someone solely because they are lesbian, gay or bisexual; and in 34 states it is legal to fire someone solely for being transgender? It’s true.

Even with all the anti-discriminatory laws in place, lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender (LGBT) employees may still find themselves unprotected. This is the reason behind the creation of the Employment  Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). Currently, there is no federal law protecting LGBT individuals from employment discrimination. Many experience harassment and discrimination on the job, including being passed over for promotions or even being terminated.

The law would be similar to Title VII or the Americans with Disabilities Act in the protections that it would provide. Prohibiting preferential treatment and quotas, it would give all Americans basic employment protection from discrimination. The bill was introduced to the House and Senate in April, 2011. It is not yet passed into law.

New Jersey and New York have already passed state laws prohibiting LGBT discrimination in an employment context. However, this doesn’t mean it never happens. Deutsch & Atkins P.C. has more than 50 years of combined experience protecting the rights of employees who have suffered discrimination, harassment, or wrongful termination. We understand the importance of protecting and enforcing the rights of gay and lesbian employees.

We work to ensure that employers in New York and New Jersey face the consequences for failing to comply with the anti-discrimination laws and that you receive full compensation for the effects of this discrimination.

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Neil H. Deutsch
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About Neil H. Deutsch has been practicing law for over 35 years and is known as a skilled negotiator in employment and discrimination law. He believes in a bottom-line approach of risk analysis and cost effectiveness for his clients. "Case evaluation is something we take seriously," says Mr. Deutsch who seeks top net dollar for…

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Bruce L. Atkins
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About Bruce L. Atkins is regarded as one of New Jersey's premiere practitioners of employment and civil litigation. Mr. Atkins has also been included in the Thomson Reuters list of New Jersey Super Lawyers* in Employment Litigation since 2005. Mr. Atkins believes employees have rights that should be aggressively pursued when an employer has wrongfully dealt…

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Adam J. Kleinfeldt
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About Adam J. Kleinfeldt joined Deutsch Atkins, P.C. in March of 2015.  He primarily represents individuals in employment litigations such as discrimination, retaliation, and whistle blowing matters.  He has extensive experience in all phases of the litigation process. Adam has obtained significant results for some of his clients, including a $525,000 jury verdict in a…

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Robert J. Pantina
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About Robert J. Pantina joined the firm in 2018. Mr. Pantina received his B.A. from Rider University in 2008. He received his J.D. from the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University in 2017. While in law school, Mr. Pantina interned for the Hon. Bonnie J. Mizdol, Assignment Judge of the Superior Court of…

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About Diane Englander Peyser joined Deutsch Atkins, PC in September 2018 where she represents employees in wrongful termination, retaliation, harassment, and discrimination matters. Prior to joining Deutsch Atkins, PC, Diane represented clients in all aspects of employment law on behalf of employees involving unemployment appeals, claims of sexual harassment, LGBT discrimination, disability discrimination, FMLA, New…

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