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How Can You Prove a Case of Sexual Discrimination at Your Job?

Federal and state laws prohibit workplace discrimination based on sex, gender and orientation, requiring employers to treat everyone equally when it comes to interviewing, hiring, paying, promoting, disciplining and firing. Title VII of the federal Civil Rights Act and New Jersey’s Law Against Discrimination (NJLAD) also give victims of discrimination the ability to hold employers Read More

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What Remedies Do You Have if Your FMLA Rights Are Violated?

The federal Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) gives many employees the right to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave per year to take care of their own serious medical conditions or those of family members. However, employers sometimes fail to comply with the FMLA by disallowing leave, by cutting the pay of employees Read More

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What Is the ABC Test for Classifying a Worker as an Independent Contractor?

The difference between an independent contract and an employee is a major point of friction in employment law. Companies often misclassify workers as independent contractors, either intentionally or by mistake. When done intentionally, it’s usually an effort to save money by not having to pay for a worker’s health insurance and other benefits and not Read More

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Pending New Jersey Bill Aims to End Discrimination Against Temporary Workers

New Jersey’s warehouse and e-commerce sectors are booming but the growth depends in large part on the state’s 125,000-plus temp workers, who are disproportionately Black and Latino, and who are routinely paid less than permanent workers. State lawmakers are working on a bill called The Temporary Workers’ Bill of Rights to extend equal rights to Read More

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NJ Employers May Not Discriminate Against Recreational Marijuana Users

The New Jersey statute legalizing marijuana use also prohibits employers from discriminating against employees found to have cannabis in their systems.

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Employee’s Retaliation Claim Can Survive Reversal of Discrimination Award

When a retaliation claim is linked to the discrimination case, the proof the plaintiff needs to establish in the two cases is often intertwined. But in New Jersey, the claims are nonetheless distinct and are not codependent.

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Mandatory Arbitration Clauses Are No Longer Enforceable in Sexual Harassment Claims

Although mandatory arbitration clauses are generally upheld by the courts, a federal law provides that these clauses do not apply to sexual harassment or sexual assault claims.

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New Jersey Extends Age Discrimination Protection to Employees Over 70

New Jersey has expanded its law prohibiting discrimination against older workers, removing the upper age limit for an employee to be covered.

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Ways to Protect Yourself if You Believe You’re Being Sexually Harassed

New Jersey’s Law Against Discrimination (NJLAD) prohibits sexual harassment in the workplace. You are protected whether you are a full- or part-time employee, an intern or a volunteer. Yet, workers across the state are still subjected to harassment, whether through direct action or through tolerance of a hostile workplace. If you believe you are a Read More

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Proposed NJ Law Would Ban Employment Discrimination Based on Height and Weight

A New Jersey state senator in June introduced a bill that would make it illegal for employers to discriminate against someone because of their body size or shape. The measure, Senate Bill 2741, would expand the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (NJLAD) to include height and weight as protected characteristics. If the bill becomes law, Read More

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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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    I am extremely satisfied with my experience with Duetsch Atkins & Kleinfeldt law firm. Diane Peyser was always attentive with any questions or concerns I had during my case. I always felt like I was her number one priority when I needed her during t...

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    I am grateful to Bruce and his firm for his professionalism and guidance. His experience and calm demeanor really helped me through a tough case. He settled it very quickly which allowed me to put it behind me and move on. I highly recommend Bruce.

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    Having been a litigation attorney myself, I've seen it all from the "inside". I know that far too many lawyers care only about profit and have very little interest in the actual law or their clients. So I was very careful in selecting an attorney t...

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    Mr. Kleinfeldt and the law firm were simply excellent in their service. They were easy to reach, attentive, professional, prompt, and hospitable. I felt they were truly in my corner. My matter was resolved expeditiously and to my satisfaction. It...

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    Thrilled with our experience with the firm. It was a challenging case for sure, and Adam worked tirelessly to ensure we came out on top. His knowledge of the law and the "system" is first rate. I was prepared to walk away on a few occasions when t...

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