How Long Does an Employment Lawsuit Take in New Jersey?

The decision to sue your current or former employer is not one you should take lightly. Before jumping into such a lawsuit, many have one question at the forefront of their minds: how long does an employment lawsuit take? An employment lawsuit moves in several stages, each of which takes considerable time and demands varying… Read more »

Interpreting New Jersey S121: Impacts on Arbitration Agreements & Non-Disclosure Agreements

In March of 2019, Governor Phil Murphy signed into law S121, an act that aims to protect workers by (1) seemingly invalidating any provision of an employment contract that mandates arbitration of claims of discrimination, retaliation or harassment; and (2) gutting the effectiveness of non-disclosure agreements in settlement agreements arising from such claims by making… Read more »

New Jersey Prevailing Wage Claims

If you’re an hourly worker in New Jersey, you’re no doubt already aware that the New Jersey Wage and Hour Law requires your employer to pay you the legal minimum wage and overtime rates of pay.  However, there’s another state law that provides additional wage and hour protections for hourly workers employed on public work… Read more »

Zatuchni & Associates Wins Landmark Decision Refusing to Enforce an Arbitration Agreement for Lack of Mutual Assent

Recently, the New Jersey Appellate Division reversed a lower court’s order compelling the arbitration of our client, Marilyn Flanzman’s, claims and depriving her of her day in court.  This decision represents a victory, not only for Zatuchni & Associates, but to all New Jersey employees subject to arbitration agreements that fail to specify an arbitration… Read more »

Can I Be Fired Because of My Social Media Posts?

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat. Online platforms for communication that didn’t even exist a decade ago now occupy ever-increasing minutes of our lives. If you’re a working person who routinely uses social media, you’re right to wonder: Can my boss terminate me for social media posts I make on my own device, on my own time?… Read more »

Can My Friends Get Me Fired? What About a Case of Mistaken Identity?

Last updated Feb. 22, 2018. I’ve often emphasized that the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (the “LAD”)  is a remedial law, aimed at eradicating workplace bias. With that lofty goal in mind, our courts have extended the LAD’s reach to employees who are discriminated or harassed: Due to the protected class of a person with… Read more »

What Classifies as an Adverse Employment Action?

Last updated Oct. 30, 2017. To prevail in a workplace discrimination or whistleblower suit, you must show that your employer took action against you due to unlawful bias and/or retaliation. However, courts don’t consider any and every employer action to be serious enough to support a claim. Rather, the law requires that workers prove they… Read more »

I Filed a Lawsuit Challenging My Termination. Can My Former Employer “Bad-Mouth” Me to Prospective Employers?

Last updated Feb. 22, 2018. Being a plaintiff in an employment law claim is not an enviable position to occupy. First, you’re fired in violation of anti-discrimination, retaliation, and/or whistleblower laws. Then, you’re tasked with finding a reputable attorney and surviving the various stages of litigation. In the meantime, you need to look for another… Read more »

Can My Boss Fire Me for Talking Politics at Work?

Last updated Oct. 15, 2018. In America today, it seems there’s no escaping politics. Whether you’re listening to the radio, watching television, or scrolling through your social media newsfeeds, discussions of politicians and political issues are everywhere you turn. So it makes sense that many people want to keep talking politics at work, sorting out… Read more »