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Mistakes That Can Jeopardize Your Discrimination Case

You’ve been discriminated against at work. You asked your coworker or your employer to stop or you reported your coworker to your employer. Yet you remain a victim of discrimination.

Fortunately, your rights are protected under the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. As such, you do not have to endure discrimination. However, what you may not know is that the following common mistakes can jeopardize your legal case:

  • Not knowing your rights: Do you know your rights as a worker? If not, then how do you know if your rights are being violated? Prior to taking legal action, you should take a moment to find out your rights and entitlements while working for your employer. Once you understand your rights, you can the focus on building a legal case.
  • Not keeping a journal: If you observe a routine amount of discrimination at work, you should keep a journal. Be sure to jot down who made the discriminating remarks, how often they occur and if anyone participated in the discrimination.
  • Proceeding without an attorney: It is understandable for you to be angry and eager to take action. Yet the single biggest mistake you can make is to proceed without the help of a dedicated lawyer. He or she can help you understand the law and can fight passionately for your rights. However, it is essential that you tell your attorney the details about your case. If anyone else was a witness or victim of the discrimination, be sure to provide your lawyer with his or her contact information.
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Neil H. Deutsch
Retired

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 & 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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