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Why Congress Needs to Pass the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

Pregnant workers face unique challenges in the workplace. Often pregnant workers are subjected to harassment, discrimination and wrongful termination. There are several laws on the books right now that can be used to protect the rights of pregnant workers, such as: The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which requires employers to make reasonable accommodations for 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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Common Misconceptions About Workplace Discrimination

Misconceptions and myths about workplace discrimination have a habit of spreading like wildfire. Unfortunately, they can cause harm. If you believe you are the victim of discrimination, don’t do anything until you speak to a lawyer. Chances are you’ve heard some of the following misconceptions before: If you report workplace discrimination your employer can fire Read More

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What to Do if You are Discriminated Against in the Workplace

No one should have to tolerate workplace discrimination. If you find yourself being the victim of work place discrimination, don’t hesitate in taking action — discrimination of protected classes is illegal and you deserve better. Below are the steps to take if you find yourself the victim of discrimination at work: Check your company’s HR Read More

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New Jersey Law Against Discrimination Retaliation Claims

Many people suffer discrimination in the workplace but are hesitant to complain because they are concerned that their employer or supervisor may engage in some form of retaliation.  The New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (LAD) specifically prohibits an employer from exacting retribution against an employee for reporting discrimination based on traits like gender, race, sex Read More

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Scope of Those Entitled to Bring a New Jersey Discrimination Claim Expanded

The New Jersey Appellate Division in Cowher v. Carson & Roberts recently decided a case that dramatically expands the pool of plaintiffs that may bring a workplace discrimination action under New Jersey’s Law Against Discrimination (LAD). The court held that a man who was not Jewish could pursue a religious discrimination claim under LAD based Read More

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Overview of New Jersey Age-Based Employment Discrimination Claims

The litigation of an age discrimination claim under New Jersey’s Law Against Discrimination (LAD) involves a complex burden shifting process. This three-part burden shifting framework was created by the U.S. Supreme Court in McDonnell Douglas Corp v. Green and applied in New Jersey cases like Zive v. Stanley Roberts, Inc. Because understanding how to prove 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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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 premiere practitioners of employment and civil litigation. Mr. Atkins has also been included in the Thomson Reuters list of New Jersey Super Lawyers* in Employment Litigation since 2005. Mr. Atkins believes employees have rights that should be aggressively pursued when an employer has wrongfully dealt…

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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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