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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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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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New Jersey Legislators Taking Lead on Federal Bill Banning Natural Hair Discrimination

A bill that passed the U.S. House of Representatives would, if enacted into law, create federal protections for people with natural hair textures and hairstyles. This would prohibit the mistreatment that many Black workers have endured from employers. Two members of Congress from New Jersey are leaders in this effort. The Creating a Respectful and Read More

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Appeals Court Affirms Win for Deutsch Atkins & Kleinfeldt Clients in Discrimination Case

Deutsch Atkins & Kleinfeldt, P.C. recently recorded an important win for three discrimination plaintiffs forced to wait years for relief due to defendants’ refusal to meet their legal responsibility. Following the successful result, defendant employers were required to pay economic and emotional distress damages to the three women who worked for their healthcare company. In Jalil Read More

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Unemployment Discrimination?

Since the start of the Great Recession in late 2007, many people who lost their jobs have been struggling to reenter the workforce. Making things more difficult, employers have shown a growing prejudice against unemployed job seekers. Some have gone so far as to flatly state that the unemployed need not apply. New Jersey legislators Read More

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The Role of the Administrative Process in Employment Litigation

Many people come to us eager for their day in court against an employer who treated them unjustly or refused to address on-the-job harassment. They are surprised, however, when we tell them that they first must file an administrative complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The federal laws that prohibit employment discrimination make Read More

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What Is ENDA, and Where Is It Now?

Federal law shields a wide array of groups from employment discrimination, but members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community have received no such protection. In the flurry of news that has been coming out of Congress over the past several months, a landmark piece of legislation has attracted little attention until recently. Read More

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Is Disability Discrimination Affecting Your Job in New Jersey?

Even though Congress passed the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990, subtle forms of discrimination against the disabled persist. Some employers continue to discriminate against people with physical, mental or emotional disabilities in hiring, pay, promotion and termination decisions. This camouflaged discrimination occurs, for example, when an employer imposes physical requirements that actually are irrelevant Read More

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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

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Potential Relief in Employment Discrimination Cases

Being the victim of workplace discrimination can be a jarring experience. Not only can it result in thousands of dollars in lost wages, but also the stress and humiliation associated with it can negatively impact your quality of life. The psychological stresses of working in a hostile work environment can rise to the level of 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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