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LGBT Workers Are Entitled to New Jersey Family Leave Benefits

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provides protections for workers who need to take unpaid leave to care for ill or injured family members. The FMLA also guarantees unpaid leave for new parents, including adoptive parents. The U.S. Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division has ruled that, as of August 2013, people in… Read More »

Same-Sex Marriage Must Be Recognized by New Jersey Employers

New Jersey began to recognize same-sex marriages in October 2013 based on a unanimous decision by the New Jersey Supreme Court. Marriage can have major financial implications — largely for the better — for the couple and their dependents. Just a look at how it affects employee benefits helps illustrate this point. Employers who provide… Read More »

Even Judges Can Be Wrongfully Terminated

That is what former Linden Municipal Court judge Louis DiLeo alleges. Filing a wrongful termination lawsuit in the Union County Superior Court on July 10, 2013, DiLeo claimed several charges against the City of Linden and its mayor, Richard Gerbounka, including: Discrimination Retaliation Civil rights violations Wrongful termination As reported by the Star Ledger, according… Read More »

You Can Lose Your Case if You Don’t Follow the Rules

When a plaintiff files a lawsuit, the plaintiff often focuses on the facts of the case and the law that pertains to those facts. The plaintiff should prevail when the law supports the plaintiff’s allegations, and the plaintiff should lose when the law supports the defendant’s allegations. But there is another way that a plaintiff… Read More »

Why Claims of Racial Discrimination Against Paula Deen Were Dismissed

Celebrity chef Paul Deen has certainly been in the news this summer. As a defendant in a $1.2 million lawsuit filed by a former employee of Deen’s restaurants, Deen was deposed on May 17. During that deposition, Deen admitted that she had used a racial slur in the past. That revelation cost Deen her job… Read More »

Why Congress Needs to Pass the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

Pregnant workers face unique challenges in the workplace. Often pregnant workers are subjected to harassment, discrimination and wrongful termination. There are several laws on the books right now that can be used to protect the rights of pregnant workers, such as: The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which requires employers to make reasonable accommodations for… Read More »

Former Employees Sue Local Defense Contractor for Age Discrimination Terminations

On August 14, 2013, 12 former employees of Mission Solutions Engineering (MSE) filed suit in federal court alleging that their terminations constituted age discrimination. The plaintiffs are seeking back pay, damages and counsel fees. According to the local press, the company, located in Moorestown, New Jersey, is a defense contractor. In January 2012, the company… Read More »

What to Do if Your Employer Discriminates Against You Because of Your Weight

Move to Michigan! I hate to be so blunt, but that seems to be the best solution given a recent New Jersey Superior Court decision permitting weight discrimination in the workplace. Those who are discriminated against in New Jersey workplaces are protected by state and federal laws against discrimination based on: Race National origin Age… Read More »

Does Rutgers Have the Right not to Renew Someone’s Employment Contract?

The question about contract renewal is yet to be settled when that person is the former assistant coach of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights basketball team, Eric Murdock. The scandal involving head coach Mike Rice Jr., fired for harassment and intimidation of players, began when Murdock requested copies of practice videos. These videos showed Rice cursing… Read More »

Rutgers Basketball Is a Lesson Learned About Harassment and Intimidation

Learning at Rutgers University isn’t limited to the classroom. There are lessons to be learned even on the university’s basketball court. That’s where players suffered verbal and physical assaults by then head coach Mike Rice Jr. beginning in 2010. Rice’s coaching style included cursing at players, shoving them, and throwing basketballs at their heads. When… Read More »