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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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How New Jersey’s Mini-WARN Act Protects Workers Facing Downsizing

Mass layoffs can hit workers at even the largest companies, whether as the result of economic conditions or mismanagement or both. Downsizing is worse still when it takes workers by surprise, leaving them no time to prepare for finding new employment. Federal and state laws are in place to ease the transition for workers in Read More

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What You Should Know About the New Jersey Temporary Workers’ Bill of Rights

Thousands of people are hired in New Jersey every year to work in warehousing, manufacturing, transportation and other fields — many by temp agencies who farm them out on a contract basis. Temp workers historically have been denied protections afforded to permanent employees, making them vulnerable to wage theft, unfair working arrangements and other abuses Read More

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How the Speak Out Act Curtails the Use of NDAs Relating to Sexual Harassment

The MeToo movement has succeeded in exposing, in vivid detail, the ways in which powerful people committed acts of sexual harassment, sometimes for decades, without suffering consequences. The perpetrators of these acts were often the victims’ bosses or others in positions of authority. As such, victims who agreed to monetary settlements instead of taking legal Read More

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New Jersey Bill Targets Artificial Intelligence Discrimination in Hiring

The use of artificial intelligence tools in the modern workplace has sparked all sorts of reactions, from people warning that AI will replace white collar workers to people urging workers to think of AI as a job aid they can use to become more productive. But one of the questions for lawmakers right now has Read More

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Proposed FTC Rule Would Ban Most Non-Compete Agreements

Non-compete agreements limit employees’ options after they leave a job. Sometimes the non-compete might have a geographic restriction, stopping an employee from working within a certain radius or in nearby cities or counties. Other times, the contract might prevent an employee from working for specific competitors or in certain lines of business. The intent of Read More

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NJ Whistleblower Law May Apply to a Company’s Out-of-State Employees

New Jersey’s Conscientious Employee Protection Act (CEPA) was described as the nation’s “most far reaching whistleblower statute” when it was enacted in 1986. The purpose of CEPA is to protect whistleblowing activities that benefit the health, safety and welfare of the public by giving employees protection when they report their employers’ unlawful conduct. It protects Read More

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Refusal to Hire Based on Immigration Status Is Illegal Discrimination

Among the many hurdles faced by immigrants to the U.S., getting a desirable job can be one of the biggest. Companies of all sizes and across various industries sometimes exhibit prejudice against hiring foreign-born workers, even those whose employment is authorized by law. However, it is illegal for employers to discriminate against job candidates or Read More

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What Is “Unwelcome Conduct” That Can Create a Sexually Hostile Workplace?

A hostile work environment is a type of sexual harassment that occurs when an employee is subjected to unwelcome verbal or physical conduct that is so severe or pervasive that a reasonable person would find the workplace intolerable. Typically, the unwelcome conduct must be persistent and repeated. However, in New Jersey, a single incident can 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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Diane Englander Peyser

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, disability…

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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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