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NJ Bill Would Make It Easier to Prove Hostile Workplace Sexual Harassment

A bill pending in the New Jersey Legislature is aimed at lowering the standard for proving hostile workplace sexual harassment under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (NJLAD). If passed, Assembly Bill 2443 would codify the definition of hostile workplace sexual harassment as conduct that occurred because of a person’s sex and which a reasonable Read More

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NJ Supreme Court Voids Non-Disparagement Provision in Employment Bias Case

In a significant decision for New Jersey workers, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled in that non-disparagement clauses cannot be used to silence victims of discrimination, harassment, or retaliation in employment or settlement agreements.  Non-disparagement clauses, often included in employment contracts and settlement agreements, are designed to prevent individuals from making negative statements about their Read More

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How the Speak Out Act Curtails the Use of NDAs Relating to Sexual Harassment

The MeToo movement has succeeded in exposing, in vivid detail, the ways in which powerful people committed acts of sexual harassment, sometimes for decades, without suffering consequences. The perpetrators of these acts were often the victims’ bosses or others in positions of authority. As such, victims who agreed to monetary settlements instead of taking legal Read More

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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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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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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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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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Signs of Sexual Harassment

Are you being sexually harassed in the workplace? Or do you suspect you are being sexually harassed? Many people fail to realize that the majority of sexual harassment cases do not involve blatant actions. Rather, sexual harassment often occurs subtly. However, no matter how it happens, sexual harassment can create a hostile work environment for Read More

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Online Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment in the workplace is unfortunately still commonplace. And it is not just face-to-face harassment that workers encounter on a frequent basis. Harassment online occurs even though many employers have strict policies about use of company computers for non-work and illegal activities. Even when a company fails to have a handbook policy regarding harassment, Read More

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Sexual Harassment at Work

The workplace is meant for work. Employees have the right to work at their jobs without being subjected to sexually harassing behavior. While most sexual harassment claims are filed by women, men can also be the object of sexual harassment. Regardless of gender, no employee should be subjected to an uncomfortable workplace. If you find 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
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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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