When Does Harassment Based on Sexual Orientation Become Actionable Under New Jersey Law?

NJ Law prohibits hostile work environment discrimination Among other forms of employment discrimination, the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (“NJLAD”) prohibits hostile work environment discrimination. Generally speaking, this means that the NJLAD prohibits employers from harassing employees on the basis of certain protected categories (like race or gender), to the point that the workplace becomes… Read more »

What Does It Actually Mean To Be “Wrongfully Terminated” In New Jersey?

Legal recourse for wrongful termination Part of my employment law practice involves giving free consultations to workers who call my office or contact me over the Internet. Many, many of these workers report being “wrongfully terminated” from their positions and ask what legal recourse is available to them.   These workers sometimes complain that they were… Read more »

Expanded Legal Protection for Pregnant New Jersey Workers

New Jersey Law Protects Against Discrimination Because of Pregnancy The New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (the “LAD”) prohibits employers from discriminating against workers on the basis of certain protected categories, such as race, gender, age and disability. Formerly, however, the LAD did not expressly include “pregnancy” as a protected category. This was so, even though… Read more »

3 Big Mistakes to Avoid When It Comes to FMLA Leave

The federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) grants qualifying workers twelve weeks of unpaid leave for childbirth/newborn childcare; for a worker’s own serious health condition; or for the care of a worker’s immediate family member with a serious health condition. The FMLA’s most powerful aspect is that it grants workers job protection, making it… Read more »

What Makes A Successful Claim for Age Discrimination in New Jersey?

Age discrimination is a growing problem in the modern workplace. Advances in health and medicine mean we’re living longer than ever before. Meanwhile, the Social Security system is on shaky footing and many older workers’ retirement accounts have yet to fully recover from the financial crisis. Workers paying record-high college tuition for their children or… Read more »

Reporting Discrimination Or Unlawful Harassment To Human Resources – Some Simple Dos (And Dont’s)

Updated September 21st, 2016 Have You Been Discriminated Against At Work? A manager or co-worker has discriminated against you. Or, a supervisor has yelled racial epithets at you. Both common sense and your employer’s internal policies dictate that you report this illegal conduct to the Human Resources Department immediately. What happens next can have a… Read more »

Are You A Whistleblower If Reporting Illegal Conduct Is “Part Of Your Job”?

New Jersey’s Whistleblower Statute: What You Need To Know What if you are a corporate auditor or compliance officer? Can your employer terminate you because you report illegal or fraudulent conduct as part of your normal job duties? The New Jersey employment whistleblower statute, known as the Conscientious Employee Protection Act (CEPA), is one of… Read more »

Zatuchni & Associates Represents Male Social Worker in Sexual Harassment/Retaliatory Termination Claim

Zatuchni & Associates represents a case manager in his sexual harassment/wrongful termination lawsuit against Greater Behavioral Healthcare of Trenton, a mental health and addiction treatment/counseling center. In his suit, the client alleges that a Manager repeatedly contacted him on his personal cell phone and tried to engage him in non-professional, inappropriate conversation. The lawsuit further… Read more »

Zatuchni & Associates Represents Ex-Fire Commissioner In Defamation Suit

Zatuchni & Associates currently represents a former Fire Commissioner for Franklin Township, New Jersey, in a defamation suit against several individual fire company officers. The client, an Iraq war veteran who happens to be gay, opened a MySpace social networking account in 2004. At that time, all MySpace accounts were public and accessible by anyone… Read more »