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Rutgers Basketball Is a Lesson Learned About Harassment and Intimidation

Learning at Rutgers University isn’t limited to the classroom. There are lessons to be learned even on the university’s basketball court. That’s where players suffered verbal and physical assaults by then head coach Mike Rice Jr. beginning in 2010. Rice’s coaching style included cursing at players, shoving them, and throwing basketballs at their heads. When Read More

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Why Teens Under 18 Can’t Be Stronger Than the Storm

It’s a catchy tune. Referring to last year’s superstorm Sandy, Governor Chris Christie wants everyone to know that New Jersey is stronger than the storm. But what you might not know is that New Jersey labor law effectively prohibits young volunteers from helping rebuild our shore communities devastated by the storm. As recently reported in Read More

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Protecting Your Rights and Maximizing the Compensation in Your Severance Package

Because the economy continues to grow at a tepid rate, many employers are engaging in extensive layoffs. Amid this wave of terminations, most downsized executives will be offered severance packages. These severance packages come with agreements that require you to waive certain rights and legal claims against your employer. Many severance packages are offered because Read More

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Will a New Jersey Court Enforce the Non-Compete in Your Employment Contract?

The impact of non-compete agreements increases when jobs are scarce and business competition is intense. A non-compete clause in an employment contract or severance agreement can serve a legitimate function, such as providing a company breathing room to hire and train new employees. We often receive inquiries from employees about the enforceability of a non-compete Read More

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The Challenges in Distinguishing Voluntary Termination from Forced Resignation

Many employers attempt to defend against wrongful termination claims or contest eligibility for unemployment compensation based on the employee’s so-called resignation. At Deutsch Atkins, P.C., we handle hundreds of wrongful termination claims and so recognize that, frequently, an employee’s forced resignation is merely a ruse to cover up constructive termination by the employer. A recent Read More

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How Your Employment Contract Can Impact an Employment Discrimination Claim

When executing an employment contract with an employer, the importance of having a lawyer review the contract promptly can hardly be overstated. The importance of seeking legal advice regarding a prospective employment contract is illustrated by the recent decision Gavin vs. AT&T SERVICES, INC. In this case, a federal judge in New Jersey rejected an Read More

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Proposed Legislation May Significantly Expand Back Pay in New Jersey Wage Discrimination Cases

Pending legislation could dramatically expand the right of New Jersey employees to recover back pay based on wage discrimination claims. Senate Bill No. 1933/Assembly Bill 2650 would amend the New Jersey’s Law Against Discrimination (NJLAD), delineating the initial discriminatory act or decision as a “continuing violation” each time compensation is provided to the affected employee. Read More

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CEPA Does Not Protect New Jersey Whistleblowers Terminated for Doing Their Jobs

When you are an employee who witnesses unlawful, fraudulent or hazardous conduct by co-workers or supervisory personnel, you may find that you are in an awkward position. If you report the activity to managers, you may be afraid of some form of retribution from your employer, while remaining silent about the transgressions may expose you Read More

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Quid Pro Quo vs. Hostile Work Environment in a New Jersey Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

While most New Jersey employees understand that they do not have to submit to sexual harassment in the workplace, they are less confident in their ability to identify an act of sexual harassment. Some cases of sexual harassment may be straightforward, such as an employer or potential employer that adds inappropriate conditions to receiving job-related Read More

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I’m Afraid My Employer Will Retaliate Against Me for Filing a Complaint

While it may seem prudent to put up with illegal situations at work, employees do not have to endure harassment or discrimination in the workplace out of fear of retaliation. Should an employee be fired after filing a complaint, remedies do exist under employment laws for illegal retaliation such as termination, negative evaluation or denial 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
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
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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
Attorney

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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