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Your Remedies for Discrimination Based on Recreational Marijuana Use

The New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory, Enforcement Assistance, and Marketplace Modernization Act (CREAMM Act) is a comprehensive law that legalizes and regulates the adult-use of cannabis in the state. The 2021 statute also includes a number of important employee protections, including a prohibition on employers taking adverse action against employees for cannabis use outside of the Read More

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New Jersey Supreme Court Declares LAD Protects Sexual Abuse Victims

In a groundbreaking ruling, the New Jersey Supreme Court has held that victims of sexual abuse can bring legal action under the state Law Against Discrimination (LAD), the statute that prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender, race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, genetic information or disability. The Read More

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New Jersey’s Temporary Workers Bill of Rights Now in Effect

New Jersey has enacted landmark legislation that gives temporary workers in the state important new protections and rights, including the right to equal pay and benefits. The law also creates a private right of action that gives temporary workers a powerful remedy to enforce their rights. The Temporary Workers’ Bill of Rights, which took effect Read More

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NJ Law Against Discrimination Can Apply to NJ Company’s Out-of-State Employee

In a recent landmark ruling, a federal court has allowed an out-of-state employee to pursue a discrimination claim under New Jersey law. The ruling is the first of its kind in the state and has the potential to impact thousands of employees who work remotely for New Jersey-based companies. Although the case concerned claims of Read More

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Recognizing the Signs that You’ve Been Wrongfully Terminated

New Jersey is an at-will employment state, meaning that an employee can be fired for most any reason or for no reason at all. But there are exceptions to this general rule. Certain actions by employers can constitute wrongful terminations, for which employees can sue under state or federal law. Reading the signs that your Read More

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High Court Lightens Employees’ Burden of Proof in Religious Bias Cases

Freedom of religion is a constitutional right and faith is an important part of the lives of many Americans. For some of the particularly devout, religious duties and practices can impact their jobs in ways that might not be entirely consistent with their employers’ modes of operating. Employers are required to make reasonable accommodations for Read More

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A Discrimination Claimant’s Social Media Posts Are Subject to Discovery, But Only to a Point

Like millions of Americans, you might use social media frequently to relate news about social events or personal accomplishments, or just to comment on current affairs. Although you share these posts with a wide audience, you probably never think the material could one day become evidence in court. Yet, that is quite the possibility. In Read More

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New Federal Law Expands Protections for Pregnant Workers

Pregnancy poses special challenges for working women. If you’re a pregnant worker, you might need to change your work space, forego or modify some of your normal tasks or take off work for medical care. However, employers are not always willing to make all of the accommodations that may be needed. Fortunately, a new federal Read More

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New Jersey Legislators Considering Significant Changes to the Law on Non-compete Agreements

Non-compete agreements are promises by employees not to compete with their employer during their tenure at the company and for some time thereafter. These contracts are subject to certain legal restrictions, so that former employees aren’t unfairly prevented from taking a new position. Overbroad restrictions also impede economic development by encouraging skilled labor to seek Read More

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CVS Fires New Jersey Executive Accused of Sexual Harassment

Despite numerous high-profile cases, sexual harassment remains a common problem for employees, especially for women. Even some of the largest corporations within the United States are still dealing with claims of inappropriate conduct. In March 2022, CVS Health Corp., the nationwide pharmacy chain with outlets all over New Jersey, announced that it fired several employees, 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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