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Tips for Handling Discrimination in the Workplace

Being discriminated against at work can be upsetting and disappointing, and it can deeply affect your life and the lives of the people you love. But workplace discrimination is illegal and you do not have to stand by and take it. If you find yourself as the victim of discrimination because of your age, sex, race, disability or national origin, you should seek legal counsel as soon as possible.

Listed below are tips for coping with discrimination in the work place:

  • Know your rights: If you are the subject of harassment or ridicule because of your race, age, sex, disability or national origin, you may feel depressed, upset and angry. However, one of the best ways to feel empowered is to take a moment to understand your rights as an employee. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 safeguards the rights of citizens in hiring, promotion, discharge, pay, fringe benefits, job training, classification, referral and other aspects of employment.
  • Ask them to stop: Believe it or not, some people do not even realize they are engaging in a discriminatory behavior. If a coworker makes a discriminatory comment, sometimes simply asking him or her to stop can be effective.
  • Get legal help: Discrimination in the workplace should not be tolerated. If you are judged at the workplace as a result of your belonging to a protected class, it is in your best interests to contact an experienced employment law attorney. He or she can help you file a civil claim against the person or party responsible for violating your right to non-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 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
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About Adam J. Kleinfeldt joined Deutsch Atkins & Kleinfeldt, 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…

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Diane Englander Peyser
Attorney

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

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Debra M. McGarvey
Attorney

About Debra M. McGarvey joined Deutsch Atkins & Kleinfeldt, 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),…

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