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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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U.S. High Court Rules Arbitration Clause Waived by Employer’s Delay in Opting to Enforce It

Arbitration provisions in employment agreements require employees to have their disputes decided by private judges, usually of the employer’s own choosing, rather than go to court. Employers generally benefit from these clauses. But the U.S. Supreme Court has now ruled that an employer might waive its right to compel arbitration by not making a timely Read More

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NJ Appeals Court Upholds Non-Disparagement Clauses in Employment Contracts

A recent decision by a New Jersey appeals court upholds the enforceability of contract provisions that forbid employers or employees from disparaging or impugning each other’s reputation. The ruling is notable because the court distinguished non-disparagement clauses from nondisclosure agreements (NDAs), which in many cases are unenforceable against employees or former employees under NJ law. Read More

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When is an Employer Liable for Sexual Harassment by a Co-worker?

Sexual harassment is a form of illegal discrimination that exists in public and private workplaces throughout the country. There are several different types and degrees of sexual harassment. Some employees use their authority, control or influence to coerce employees under them into accepting or tolerating sexual advances. However, harassment can also be peer-to-peer. One employee Read More

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Filing a Discrimination Claim With the Division on Civil Rights vs. Going Straight to Court

In New Jersey, an employee with a claim of discrimination has two options on how and where to pursue it. They can bring the matter to a state administrative body called the Division on Civil Rights (DCR) or they can go straight to court. Each option has advantages and disadvantages to be considered before proceeding. Read More

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What is the Difference Between Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault?

Unfortunately, many people are victims of highly inappropriate behavior or violence that is sexual in nature, whether in or out of the workplace. In modern parlance, the terms “sexual harassment” and “sexual assault” are sometimes used interchangeably. But from a legal perspective, they are very different. Sexual harassment is a civil offense that gives the Read More

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Proving a Hostile Workplace Discrimination Claim

The workplace is supposed to be a professional and safe environment where people can do their jobs without interference. Unfortunately, some people bring discriminatory attitudes and behaviors to work, to the annoyance of subordinates or co-workers. In New Jersey, if the conduct is sufficiently severe or pervasive, it can create a hostile work environment, which Read More

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SAFE Act: Employee Rights for Domestic Violence Victims

The legal and personal issues that go along with being a victim of domestic violence can be overwhelming. As a result, many victims find that their work lives suffer while they are recovering from the trauma of domestic violence. To address this issue, New Jersey lawmakers passed the Security and Financial Empowerment (SAFE) Act to Read More

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New Jersey Passes Significant Minimum Wage Increase

Recent protests by fast-food workers throughout the nation have led to a renewed discussion of the minimum wage and what constitutes an honest day’s pay for an honest day’s work. While the federal minimum wage remains $7.25 per hour, individual states are free to impose higher minimum wage requirements. New Jersey is among the states 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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