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Ways to Protect Yourself if You Believe You’re Being Sexually Harassed

New Jersey’s Law Against Discrimination (NJLAD) prohibits sexual harassment in the workplace. You are protected whether you are a full- or part-time employee, an intern or a volunteer. Yet, workers across the state are still subjected to harassment, whether through direct action or through tolerance of a hostile workplace. If you believe you are a Read More

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Proposed NJ Law Would Ban Employment Discrimination Based on Height and Weight

A New Jersey state senator in June introduced a bill that would make it illegal for employers to discriminate against someone because of their body size or shape. The measure, Senate Bill 2741, would expand the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (NJLAD) to include height and weight as protected characteristics. If the bill becomes law, Read More

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Filing a Discrimination Claim With the Division on Civil Rights vs. Going Straight to Court

In New Jersey, an employee with a claim of discrimination has two options on how and where to pursue it. They can bring the matter to a state administrative body called the Division on Civil Rights (DCR) or they can go straight to court. Each option has advantages and disadvantages to be considered before proceeding. Read More

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New Jersey’s Conscientious Employee Protection Act

It is an unfortunate truth that objectionable practices are rampant in the workplace. Many employees, while bothered by it, are afraid to take action because they know it could mean their jobs. Fortunately, the state of New Jersey has taken special steps to protect the brave employees who stand up to unacceptable practices in the Read More

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New Jersey Supreme Court Allows LAD Suit with No Victim

The goal of state and federal anti-discrimination and harassment laws has always been to discourage these practices by making harassers and their employers liable to the victims for the harm they cause. A recent N.J. Supreme Court decision, however, has allowed a claim under the state’s Law Against Discrimination (LAD) in which there was no Read More

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Why Taking a Salaried Position May Not Be a Step Up

Many people view transfer from an hourly position to a salaried position as a major step forward in their careers, and for many it is. Others, however, are unpleasantly surprised to see their pay dramatically reduced despite the fact they are working the same if not more hours than previously. The answer lies in the Read More

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What Does Employment-at-Will Actually Mean?

Most states follow the common law doctrine of employment-at-will. This rule essentially states that, absent a contract to the contrary, an employee serves at the pleasure of his or her employer and can be terminated for any or no reason. Fortunately, while still in effect in most U.S. states, the doctrine of employment-at-will has been Read More

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What Is the NLRB?

The National Labor Relations Board, or NLRB, is an administrative tribunal formed in 1935 under the National Labor Relations Act. The purpose of the NLRB is to handle charges of unfair labor practices involving the rights of employees to organize and actively try to improve their working conditions. The board has five seats although only Read More

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Which Family Members Are Eligible to Take Family Leave?

Securing time off for family leave is an important part of life. Both the New Jersey Family Leave Act (NJFMLA) and the Federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provide that covered employers must grant eligible employees time off from work in connection with birth or adoption of a child or the serious illness of Read More

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Employment Matters Where a Lawyer Can Help a High-Ranking Executive

The relationship between employers and employees has many facets. This relationship may deteriorate over time — and a high-ranking executive may have the need for legal intervention to enforce the terms and conditions of employment, or to provide protection in the pursuit of a new position. Some of the areas where a high-ranking executive may Read More

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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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