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August 2012
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Wrongful Termination: The Basics

While employers have a right to fire workers at will in New Jersey, they cannot do so for unlawful reasons. If you are wrongfully terminated, you have the right to bring an action against your employer. Although these cases are not easy to prove, an experienced employment attorney can work to present your case in Read More

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Texting, Sexting and Workplace Harassment

Not too long ago, it was only inappropriate email that kept cropping up in the workplace. Inappropriate email is still with us, but there are newer ways for employees to engage in illegal sexually harassing behavior. Texting inappropriate messages and sexting inappropriate pictures in the workplace can give rise to a sexual harassment claim. Cell Read More

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Understanding How Wage and Overtime Disputes Come into Court

Under laws such as the Fair Labor Standard Act (FLSA), employees have a right to certain wages and overtime payments depending on their classification as exempt or non-exempt employees. When individuals are not treated fairly and do not receive the legally mandated payments to which they are entitled, options exist to ensure employers comply with Read More

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Mediation is an Option for Employment Law Issues

An all-out hostile court battle is not the only method to solve issues that arise in the workplace. Mediation is an alternative dispute resolution form that allows parties to stay out of the courtroom and resolve issues in a less contentious manner. In mediation a neutral third party assists the parties with their dispute and Read More

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Know Your Rights under Employment Law

Often employees do not understand that they have options available if they believe they have been the victim of discrimination. Because of fear, an employee may accept illegal and harassing behavior. It is important to understand your rights in the workplace to protect yourself and your family. For example, plain and simple it is illegal Read More

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I’m Pregnant. Can my Boss Fire Me?

Although women have come a long way with regard to job protection and discrimination, there are many ways that a pregnant worker can still feel the brunt of unequal treatment. The Federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act affords protections, but only applies to employers who have 15 or more employees on staff. The New Jersey state law Read More

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Types of Employment Contracts

If you’re reading this, chances are you’ve signed an employment contract at some point in your life.  The employment contract spells out the terms of the relationship between you and your employer. Contracts are useful for the employer to control the employee’s ability to leave the business. For example, an employee contract can lock the Read More

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Famous Whistleblowers

The definition of a whistleblower, from the Government Accountability Project, is “an employee who discloses information that s/he reasonably believes is evidence of illegality, gross waste or fraud, mismanagement, abuse of power, general wrongdoing, or a substantial and specific danger to public health and safety. Typically, whistleblowers speak out to parties that can influence and Read More

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What Constitutes a Hostile Work Environment?

Former Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway and three other employees at his Manhattan Beach Toyota dealership were recently sued for discrimination, harassment, and maintaining a hostile work environment. The suit alleges that Timothy Sandquist, an employee at the dealership, was paid less than his white peers and passed over for raises and promotions. He also Read More

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Neil H. Deutsch
Senior Partner

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
Senior Partner

About Bruce L. Atkins is regarded as one of New Jersey’s premier practitioners of employment and civil litigation. He has been selected to the New Jersey Super Lawyers prestigious list every year since 2005.  This honor, bestowed upon a recipient by the votes of his peers, is a powerful nod to the skill Mr. Atkins…

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Adam J. Kleinfeldt
Partner

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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Diane Englander Peyser
Attorney

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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Debra M. McGarvey
Attorney

About Debra M. McGarvey joined Deutsch Atkins, P.C. in December 2019. She has extensive experience defending employees and employers in state and federal court in employment litigation matters. She has represented clients on various issues arising out of the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (NJLAD), the New Jersey Conscientious Employee Protection Act (CEPA), the Americans…

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