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 »

Will Collecting Unemployment Reduce the Size of My Employment Lawsuit Verdict?

Last updated September 30, 2018. Getting by in today’s economy can be a real challenge. Despite economic improvements over the last nine years, finding a new job after a termination or lay-off can still take weeks, months, or even longer. As a result, even workers with emergency savings must often apply to the New Jersey… Read more »

7 Rules for Surviving Your Employment Claim Deposition

Last updated Jan. 30, 2018. Some employment claims are settled with employers without resorting to a lawsuit.  The rest are litigated through the judicial system, beginning with an attorney filing a formal complaint in court on behalf of the employee.  If the claim proceeds far enough without settling, it is almost a guarantee that the… Read more »

Age Discrimination at Work: How to Recognize It, How to Protect Yourself from It

Last updated Feb. 22, 2018. Recently, Bloomberg News published The New Face of American Unemployment. The article profiles five individuals representative of Americans struggling to find work in a still-challenging economy. Among those profiled is Mike Schlager, a 55-year-old Information Systems manager who lost his job after a change in management and, after one year,… Read more »

Time Off Work for Religious Observances: What is Reasonable and What is Undue Hardship?

Last updated Oct. 30, 2017. What do observant Orthodox Jews, Seventh-Day-Adventist Christians, and Muslims have in common? (And no, this is not the set-up for a punchline). If they work for a living, then the answer is that — absent special circumstances — they often need to ask their employers for time off to observe… Read more »

I Signed What? What Happens When Your Employment Lawsuit is Subject to an Arbitration Clause

Last updated April 21, 2018. I have been representing employees in discrimination, retaliation, and whistle-blower claims against employers for two decades now. On several occasions, clients who steeled themselves to take the fight to court were astonished to learn that they had no lawsuit because they had unwittingly waived their right to trial. In other… Read more »

5 Things Every Whistleblower Should Do

Last updated April 21, 2018. The New Jersey Conscientious Protection Act (CEPA) protects workers who complain about or report unlawful conduct on the part of their employers from retaliatory actions like firing or demotion. However, no law confers unlimited protection, CEPA included. So-called “whistleblower” employees should still make sure to complain and report to their employers… Read more »

What Does Pregnancy Discrimination in the Workplace Look Like?

Last updated Aug. 31, 2018. Bias against pregnant employees continues to be a problem across all kinds of industries and wage levels. At the same time, employers are more savvy about potential pregnancy discrimination lawsuits than ever before, often relying on a team of seasoned HR professionals to assist them in dealing with pregnant workers. As such,… Read more »

Can My Employer Discriminate Against Me Because I’m Separated or Divorced?

Last updated September 30, 2018. The New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (the “LAD”) has long prohibited employers from discriminating against workers based on their marital status as “single” or “married” individuals. But what does that mean for workers who are separated or divorced? What about employees who are going through a divorce? The New Jersey Supreme Court… Read more »

Who’s the Boss? Can Companies be Sued for Wage and Hour Violations Even If They Don’t Actually Pay Workers?

Last updated April 21, 2018. In June 2016, a New Jersey Uber driver has filed a class action in federal court, claiming the ride-service company owes its New Jersey drivers for overtime and vehicle costs. The lawsuit is undoubtedly prompted by Uber’s April 2016 multi-million dollar settlement of claims filed by California and Massachusetts drivers… Read more »