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Family and Medical Leave Act

New Jersey FMLA Lawyer Help Enforce Family and Medical Leave Act

Fighting violations of your federally guaranteed rights

When a family faces a crisis, it’s all hands on deck. When you have to be present for a family member, you shouldn’t have to choose between your loved one and your job. Nor should you lose your job while you’re battling a serious illness. That’s why the federal government enacted the Family and Medical Leave Act, and that’s why Deutsch Atkins & Kleinfeldt, P.C. fights for workers when employers fail to follow the law. If your employer gives you trouble over exercising your federally guaranteed right to time off, it’s time to visit one of New Jersey’s largest and most successful employment discrimination law firms.

Understanding your rights under the FMLA

Under the FMLA, certain employees are entitled to unpaid leave if they have a “serious health condition” or need to care for a family member, such as a child, parent or spouse, who has a “serious health condition.” You qualify for the FMLA, if you have been employed for more than a year by a company with more than50 workers.

Eligible employees are entitled to take as much as 12 weeks off, either intermittently in separate spans of days, weeks or even hours or consecutively. Unless your company policy provides otherwise, your family or medical leave is unpaid.

At the expiration of a family or medical leave, employees are entitled to return to their former positions or equivalent positions, unless they would otherwise have lost their jobs in connection with a reduction in the workforce or a previously made decision to terminate them based upon poor performance or misconduct discovered during their FMLA leave. The 12-week job protection is not absolute.

You may be eligible for compensation for adverse treatment

Employers may have to pay economic damages if they interfere with an employee’s FMLA rights or retaliate against an employee for exercising those rights. Retaliation is any adverse job action, such as termination, denial of a promotion or assignment to duties that could be perceived as punishment.

Get the professional assistance you need in New Jersey for your FMLA claim

To determine if your employer violated your FMLA rights and to pursue compensation, you need the help of an experienced employment lawyer. Deutsch Atkins & Kleinfeldt, P.C. is one of New Jersey’s largest and most highly regarded employee rights law firms. We can help if your FMLA rights have been violated. If you have been terminated in violation of your FMLA rights, we can protect your rights and maximize your compensation. For a consultation with Deutsch Atkins & Kleinfeldt, P.C., call 551-245-8894 or contact us online.

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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 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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