NJLAD Statute of Limitations: When to File Your Employment Claim

Last updated April 21, 2017. Like all legal claims, claims in New Jersey against your employer are time-barred, or prohibited, beyond a certain amount of time that is set by statute (commonly referred to as the “statute of limitations”). This raises a couple of very important questions: First, how long is the statute of limitations… Read more »

Can My Employer Retaliate Against Me After I Am No Longer Employed By The Company?

The New Jersey Supreme Court has held that an employer’s actions after terminating an employee may serve as the basis of a claim under the Law Against Discrimination (“LAD”). In Roa v. Laffe, the plaintiffs were a husband and wife, Fernando and Liliana Roa, who both worked for the same company. The Roas claimed that… Read more »

Zatuchni & associates recovers $275,000 for school teacher wrongful termination claim

Zatuchni & Associates recently negotiated a $275,000 settlement of a school teacher’s wrongful termination claim based on her free speech rights. The teacher, who was a Union President, was fired from her school district after filing grievances and unfair labor practice charges against the School Principal. The School District maintained that the teacher was terminated due to an economic reduction in force. The settlement was reached after an extensive settlement conference held by the assignment judge of the Superior Court of New Jersey.

How Long Does a Discrimination Case Take?

Last updated April 21, 2017. When consulting with potential clients, one question always arises: If I sue my employer, how long will it take before I see a resolution of my claim? It’s a very good question, but unfortunately, there’s no hard-and-fast answer, since the pace of any employment lawsuit depends on the underlying circumstances…. Read more »

Your Annual Performance Evaluation: Some Legal Considerations

Last updated June 28, 2017. When it comes to be that time of year again — the dreaded annual performance review — are you ready? Obviously, performance evaluations play a big role in your continued employment and advancement within your company. Beyond this, performance evaluations can play an important contributing role as evidence in employment… Read more »

Forced to Quit Your Job due to Harassment? Constructive Discharge in NJ

Last updated March 30, 2017. Discrimination and harassment on the job can inflict such mental and emotional stress that, understandably, many workers wonder whether they should simply just quit. Indeed, when faced with unwanted sexual advances from a supervisor, racially charged jokes from co-workers, or daily acts of petty retaliation, resigning may seem like the… Read more »

Mental Illness Discrimination in the NJ Workplace: Your Rights

Last updated July 27, 2017. Mental illness strikes many people at some point in their working lives. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, some 6.7 percent of adult Americans suffer a major depressive episode within a given year, while a staggering 18 percent suffer from an anxiety disorder within a given year. These… Read more »

Whistleblowing in New Jersey: Complaints That An Employer Violated a “Clear Mandate of Public Policy”

New Jersey whistleblowers are protected under the Conscientious Employee Protection Act, or “CEPA”. Very generally speaking, CEPA prohibits an employer from retaliating against an employee for complaining, disclosing, or objecting to workplace conduct that the employee reasonably believes: Violates a law or regulation; Is fraudulent or criminal; or Is incompatible with a clear mandate of… Read more »

When is a “Manager” Not a “Manager” for Purposes of Overtime Pay?

Last updated Oct. 30, 2017. Both the federal Fair Labor Standards Act, 29 U.S.C. Sec.201-219 (the “FLSA”) and the New Jersey Wage and Hour Law, N.J.S.A. Sec. 34:11-56a-34:11-56a30, require employers to pay overtime (or 1.5 times the regular rate of hourly pay) to all covered, non-exempt employees for all hours worked over forty (40) hours… Read more »