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Sexual Orientation Discrimination

Attacking Sexual Orientation Discrimination

Skilled New Jersey employment discrimination attorneys

When it comes to civil rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals, New York and New Jersey have made significant strides. New Jersey recognizes civil unions; in New York same-sex marriage became legal in 2011. Both states have laws against sexual orientation discrimination in an employment context. However, all this does not mean that employers never discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation.

If you have encountered discrimination based on sexual orientation, the law offices of Deutsch Atkins & Kleinfeldt, P.C. can help. We have extensive experience handling a wide range of employment discrimination matters and have obtained millions of dollars in compensation for thousands of clients. Our practice has had particular success protecting the rights of senior executives, management and corporate officers.

Effectively protecting LGBT employee rights

Our founding partners have more than 50 years of combined experience litigating cases protecting the rights of employees who have suffered discrimination, harassment or wrongful termination. We understand the importance of protecting and enforcing the rights of gay and lesbian employees, who because of their sexual orientation often face unfair treatment in:

  • Hiring
  • Layoffs and firings
  • Compensation
  • Job assignments and job training
  • Promotions
  • Benefits

We work to ensure that employers in New York and New Jersey face the consequences for failing to comply with the antidiscrimination laws and that you receive full compensation for the effects of this discrimination.

Protection from wrongful termination

We represent clients who have faced wrongful termination or constructive discharge due to their sexual orientation and those who have been unable to continue working because a hostile environment made work intolerable. In such cases, the loss of employment likely had significant financial consequences for the employee, in addition to traumatic psychological consequences. We work to ensure that you are fairly compensated for this difficult time.

Contact our New Jersey employment discrimination lawyers today

If you have been subjected to sexual orientation discrimination in the workplace, come to the law firm of Deutsch Atkins & Kleinfeldt, P.C. We serve clients in both New York and New Jersey, with offices in Hackensack, Bergen County, New Jersey and Rockland County, New York. Call 551-245-8894 or contact our offices to discuss your case with an experienced discrimination attorney.

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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
Senior Partner

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 brings…

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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 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…

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Diane Englander Peyser

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, disability…

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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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