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NJ Employment discrimination frequently asked questions

As a service to prospective clients and anyone struggling with discriminatory conduct in the workplace, Deutsch Atkins & Kleinfeldt, P.C., one of New Jersey’s largest and most successful employment discrimination law firms, presents answers to pressing questions:

Contact our employment discrimination lawyers for help in New Jersey and New York

Experienced attorneys at Deutsch Atkins & Kleinfeldt, P.C., are available to discuss your discrimination, whistle blowing, Family and Medical Leave Act, restrictive covenant, or other matter related to employee rights. Call 551-245-8894 or contact our office online to schedule a confidential consultation. We have offices in Bergen County, New Jersey and Rockland County, New York.

Q: Can my employer fire me because of my religion?

A: Employees are usually protected in the workplace from discrimination because of sincerely held religious beliefs, but there are exceptions. Consult with a NJ discrimination lawyer to determine if you have a case.


Q: I had a bad review and my employer says if I don’t shape up I’m going to be fired. But I’m pregnant. Am I protected?

A: Your pregnancy does not justify not fulfilling your obligations at work, so no, you are not protected.


Q: If I get fired and a younger employee is kept, is that discrimination?

A: If you’re 40 or older, you’re protected against age discrimination. Age cannot be the decisive factor in your firing. It must be related to your work. Contact a discrimination lawyer in New Jersey to see if you have a case.


Q: My employer keeps yelling at me for no reason. Is that discrimination?

A: It is not illegal for an employer to yell at employees, particularly if he or she yells at every employee. However, if you are being targeted unfairly, you may have a case. Contact a NJ discrimination lawyer to determine whether or not you have a case.


Q: What must my attorney prove to win an employment discrimination case?

A: A New Jersey discrimination attorney must show that his or her client

  • Is a member of a protected class
  • Is qualified to do the job
  • Was discharged
  • Was replaced by someone outside the protected class


Q: What types of damages can I recover for age discrimination?

A: Depending on the facts of the situation, a successful New Jersey discrimination lawyer can secure money damages. An individual may also be reinstated, promoted, or placed in a new position.


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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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