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Disability Discrimination

Experienced New Jersey Disability Discrimination Attorney support ADA claims

Generally, employers are given significant discretion when it comes to hiring, firing and promoting in the workplace. However, this does not mean they have unlimited freedom. Laws exist to prevent employers from discriminating against employees and job candidates on the basis of certain characteristics, including disabilities.

At the law firm of Deutsch Atkins & Kleinfeldt, P.C., we protect the rights of employees. Our founding partners have more than 50 years of combined experience serving employees who have faced discrimination or harassment in the workplace.

State and federal protection for disabled and handicapped workers

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the federal government requires employers to make reasonable accommodations to allow a disabled person who is otherwise qualified for a position to do the job. Employers must not discriminate against disabled individuals who can perform the required job responsibilities simply to avoid the costs of accommodation. The ADA also prohibits harassment in the workplace on the basis of an employee’s disability.

New Jersey has the even stronger Law Against Discrimination to protect disabled workers. Its protections extend to individuals with a mental disability, physical disability, or even a perceived disability. If you have encountered an employer who is unwilling to make basic accommodations, such as making an office wheelchair accessible, you may have a legal claim for disability discrimination.

Unequal treatment is only actionable if it is due to discrimination

Frequently, people mistake unequal treatment for employment discrimination. When you face unequal treatment in the workplace because of personality conflicts, favoritism, or just plain unfairness, the law offers no remedy. The law only provides a remedy when the unequal treatment is a reaction to a person’s protected status, such as when an employer denies a promotion opportunity because an employee has a disability.

To bring your legal claim for disability discrimination, you must establish that you received unequal treatment because of your disability. These claims are often difficult to prove; there is rarely “smoking gun” evidence where the employer or supervisor clearly states the bias. However, our attorneys have the experience necessary to effectively investigate these difficult claims.

Contact a leading NJ law firm regarding your disability discrimination claim

If you have been subject to discrimination as a result of your disability or perceived disability, come to the law firm of Deutsch Atkins & Kleinfeldt, P.C. We serve clients in New York and New Jersey and have offices in Hackensack, Bergen County, New Jersey; Rockland County, New York; and Midtown Manhattan. Call 551-245-8894 or contact us online to speak with an experienced attorney.

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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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