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What to Do if You are Discriminated Against in the Workplace

No one should have to tolerate workplace discrimination. If you find yourself being the victim of work place discrimination, don’t hesitate in taking action — discrimination of protected classes is illegal and you deserve better.

Below are the steps to take if you find yourself the victim of discrimination at work:

  • Check your company’s HR manual: Your first step should be to go over your company’s HR manual to determine whether you need to file a written complaint and who you need to file the complaint with.
  • Maintain a journal: If you are being discriminated against on a regular basis, it is in your best interests to actively keep a journal detailing the discrimination. Be sure to write down who the discriminator is, if anyone else participated, if there were any witnesses and where and when the discrimination occurs. If, subsequent to being discriminated against, you are fired, make sure you write down any conversations that took place leading up to your termination.
  • Retain competent counsel: You should contact a lawyer at any time if you are being discriminated against at work. In fact, speaking with an employment law attorney may very well be your first step, and not your last. He or she can promptly review the facts of your case and determine if your rights have been violated and what actions you may be able to take against your employer.

 

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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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