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Why Claims of Racial Discrimination Against Paula Deen Were Dismissed

Celebrity chef Paul Deen has certainly been in the news this summer. As a defendant in a $1.2 million lawsuit filed by a former employee of Deen’s restaurants, Deen was deposed on May 17. During that deposition, Deen admitted that she had used a racial slur in the past. That revelation cost Deen her job Read More

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Former Employees Sue Local Defense Contractor for Age Discrimination Terminations

On August 14, 2013, 12 former employees of Mission Solutions Engineering (MSE) filed suit in federal court alleging that their terminations constituted age discrimination. The plaintiffs are seeking back pay, damages and counsel fees. According to the local press, the company, located in Moorestown, New Jersey, is a defense contractor. In January 2012, the company Read More

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What to Do if Your Employer Discriminates Against You Because of Your Weight

Move to Michigan! I hate to be so blunt, but that seems to be the best solution given a recent New Jersey Superior Court decision permitting weight discrimination in the workplace. Those who are discriminated against in New Jersey workplaces are protected by state and federal laws against discrimination based on: Race National origin Age Read More

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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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What Is an “Employee” in Employee Discrimination Cases?

Whether a person is an “employee” is a frequent threshold issue in both state and federal employment discrimination and harassment cases. As the use of independent contractors becomes more prevalent in our economy, this question has become more common — and more difficult to answer. While the law is clear that employment discrimination laws do Read More

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Potential Relief in Employment Discrimination Cases

Being the victim of workplace discrimination can be a jarring experience. Not only can it result in thousands of dollars in lost wages, but also the stress and humiliation associated with it can negatively impact your quality of life. The psychological stresses of working in a hostile work environment can rise to the level of Read More

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Holding Your Employer Accountable for Discrimination by Co-workers

Employers are clearly liable for instances of employment discrimination and harassment they themselves perpetrate. Likewise, they are usually liable for instances of discrimination and harassment by managers and supervisors they employ. What you may not realize, however, is that under some circumstances your employer can be liable for harassment perpetrated upon you by your co-workers. Read More

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Discrimination Lawsuits and the EEOC Administrative Process

If you wish to file an employment complaint under the federal Americans with Disabilities Act, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act or Civil Rights Act, you must first contend with the administrative process of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Federal law requires that all complaints under these statutes originate through the Read More

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New Jersey’s Law Against Discrimination (LAD)

In the context of employment discrimination law, the federal statutes on the subject — the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, etc. — tend to get the most attention while the parallel state laws fall by the wayside. Employees in New Jersey, however, enjoy the protection of Read More

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EEOC Receives Record Number of Job Discrimination Complaints

In 2011, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) received a record number of job discrimination complaints, topping out at 99,947 discrimination charges. The most common complaint was “retaliation,” followed by “racial discrimination.”  New to the EEOC in 2011 was the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, which bans discrimination based on genetic information and family history. Read More

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Neil H. Deutsch
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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
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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
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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
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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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