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Discrimination Whistleblowers Deserve Retaliation Protection Even When No Victim Is Identified

Discrimination law in New Jersey was made clearer on July 17, 2013 with a New Jersey Supreme Court decision against the United Parcel Service (UPS). In October 2005, a UPS manager, Michael Battaglia, reported to his superiors about allegedly sexually suggestive remarks made by another employee, Wayne DeCraine, about a female employee, despite the fact Read More

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Understanding Whistleblower and Qui Tam Cases

Whistleblowers are courageous. They often act as society’s canaries in a coal mine, pointing out dangerous situations whose continuance can only lead to abuse and illegal activity that harms society. Unfortunately, instead of being rewarded for their courage in pointing out misdeeds, whistleblowers may be subjected to punishment, harassment, or outright termination of employment. Depending Read More

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Laws That Prevent Your Employer from Retaliating If You File a Claim

Employees often keep quiet when they are being harassed or when they observe illegal activity in the workplace because they have a strong fear of being fired or harassed in retaliation for their actions. However, it is important for employees to note that protections do exist for those who expose illegal activities such as harassment Read More

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Consequences of Firing a Worker for Reporting an Injury

You have the right to report any work-related injuries that occur. In addition, your employer may not retaliate against you for reporting an injury. Unfortunately, many companies and employers demote, terminate and withhold promotions from employees seeking to report injuries that occur at work. For example, in 2012, the Union Pacific Railroad Company fired an Read More

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How an Attorney Can Help You Negotiate a Severance Agreement

You’ve worked hard for your company. But in this economy, jobs come and go with great frequency. If you are being let go by your employer, he or she may offer you a severance agreement. This document should provide you with something substantial in exchange for your leaving. Further, the document should include very specific Read More

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Common Misconceptions About Workplace Discrimination

Misconceptions and myths about workplace discrimination have a habit of spreading like wildfire. Unfortunately, they can cause harm. If you believe you are the victim of discrimination, don’t do anything until you speak to a lawyer. Chances are you’ve heard some of the following misconceptions before: If you report workplace discrimination your employer can fire Read More

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What is Employer Retaliation?

As an employee, you are probably aware that there are laws preventing employers from discriminating against you based on race, creed, national origin, age, handicap, gender, sexual orientation or marital status. However, you may not realize that there are also laws that prevent your employer from punishing you for filing a complaint for discrimination, harassment Read More

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CEPA Does Not Protect New Jersey Whistleblowers Terminated for Doing Their Jobs

When you are an employee who witnesses unlawful, fraudulent or hazardous conduct by co-workers or supervisory personnel, you may find that you are in an awkward position. If you report the activity to managers, you may be afraid of some form of retribution from your employer, while remaining silent about the transgressions may expose you Read More

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Famous Whistleblowers

The definition of a whistleblower, from the Government Accountability Project, is “an employee who discloses information that s/he reasonably believes is evidence of illegality, gross waste or fraud, mismanagement, abuse of power, general wrongdoing, or a substantial and specific danger to public health and safety. Typically, whistleblowers speak out to parties that can influence and Read More

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Neil H. Deutsch
Senior Partner

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, 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 in a…

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Diane Englander Peyser
Attorney

About Diane Englander Peyser joined Deutsch Atkins, PC in September 2018 where she represents employees in wrongful termination, retaliation, harassment, and discrimination matters. Prior to joining Deutsch Atkins, PC, Diane represented clients in all aspects of employment law on behalf of employees involving unemployment appeals, claims of sexual harassment, LGBT discrimination, disability discrimination, FMLA, New…

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Debra M. McGarvey
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About Debra M. McGarvey joined Deutsch Atkins, 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 Americans…

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