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Recognizing Behaviors That Can Foster a Hostile Work Environment

For decades, New Jersey has been at the forefront of laws against discrimination in the workplace, including harassment of employees based on race, ethnicity, faith, gender and other personal characteristics. One type of harassment is the creation or tolerance of a hostile work environment. This means subjecting employees to unwelcome conduct that is severe or Read More

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Proving Disparate Impact Employment Discrimination in New Jersey

New Jersey law prohibits discrimination in employment. Most often, illegal discrimination takes the form of conduct that deliberately treats people differently based on their membership in a protected class. However, certain policies and practices — even if neutral on their face — might unduly impact employees in a protected class. This is known as disparate Read More

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White House Calls for Scrutinizing AI Discrimination in Hiring

Artificial intelligence (AI) is rapidly transforming modern businesses, notably in how they recruit and hire employees. AI tools offer efficiency and speed in sifting through resumes and applications and in curating talent. However, the increased use of these tools has raised concerns about their potential to perpetuate or even intensify discriminatory practices. Addressing this fear, Read More

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Reasons That At-Will Employees Can and Cannot be Fired in New Jersey

The majority of New Jersey workers are at-will employees, which simply means they are not under contract with the company they work for. They remain employed for only as long as their employer decides they are needed. An employer doesn’t need to have a justification for terminating them. However, there are laws protecting at-will employees Read More

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Appellate Division Holds Post-COVID Symptoms Do Not Qualify Employee for Disability Status

Employment discrimination against individuals with a disability is prohibited by the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (LAD). This is not in dispute, but determining exactly what qualifies a worker for disability status can lead to serious conflict, and sometimes even litigation. In June 2023, a case before the New Jersey Superior Court’s Appellate Division tested Read More

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NJ Supreme Court Allows a Religious Organization Exemption to the Law Against Discrimination

Across the country, there have been legal clashes between workers and the religious institutions that employ them, with each side seeking to exercise what they believe to be their fundamental rights. Courts often have to step in when churches, religious schools and other faith-based organizations institute conflict with anti-discrimination laws that purportedly protect all employees. Read More

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Owner of Four NJ Dairy Queens Cited for Child Labor Violations

Working at a Dairy Queen or other fast-food establishment is a rite of passage for many teenagers throughout the United States. However, these restaurants are subject to the same laws as other employers, and their owners can face serious penalties if they take advantage of their younger workers. In October 2023, the U.S. Department of Read More

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New Law Offers Protection to New Jersey Service Workers

Numerous service workers know firsthand how it feels to get fired suddenly after months or years of hard work simply because ownership of their employer has changed hands. Even top employees have been terminated without warning simply because the new owner wanted to “bring in their own people.” Now, a new law gives service workers Read More

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How Remote Employees Can Be Subject to Online Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment plagues workplaces across the country, from corporate offices to fast-food restaurants. Perhaps surprisingly, the transition to remote work prompted by the Covid pandemic has not abated the problem. Although lack of physical contact would seem to present fewer opportunities for one person to harass another, workers are often victimized by online sexual harassment. Read More

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NJ Appeals Court Expands Scope of Discrimination Law’s Ministerial Exception

State and federal laws protect employees from discrimination on account of their religion or other protected personal characteristics. However, there is a major exception. The U.S. Supreme Court in 2012 ruled that the First Amendment’s Free Exercise and Establishment Clauses prevent courts from applying anti-discrimination laws to religious organizations hiring or firing ministers. For example, Read More

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Neil H. Deutsch

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 his…

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Bruce L. Atkins
Senior Partner

Bruce L. Atkins is the Senior Managing Partner at Deutsch Atkins & Kleinfeldt P.C., a prominent plaintiff employment law firm in the tri-state area. Mr. Atkins believes employees’ rights should be aggressively pursued when they’ve been wrongfully dealt with by their employers. He brings this philosophy to his practice when considering each case and its…

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Adam J. Kleinfeldt

Adam J. Kleinfeldt joined Deutsch Atkins & Kleinfeldt, P.C. in March of 2015.  He primarily represents individuals in employment litigation 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 his clients, including a $525,000 jury verdict in a sexual…

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Debra M. McGarvey

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), the…

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Carly Skarbnik Meredith

Carly Skarbnik Meredith, Esq. is a Partner at the firm. Carly has focused her career exclusively in the field of employment law. She has a plethora of experience representing both employees and employers with their employment issues, needs, and concerns. She believes representing both employees and employers has made her an extremely well-rounded client advocate.…


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