Mental Illness Discrimination in the NJ Workplace: Your Rights

Last updated May 30, 2018. Mental illness strikes many people at some point in their working lives. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, some 6.7% of adult Americans suffer a major depressive episode within a given year, while a staggering 18% suffer from an anxiety disorder within a given year. These conditions, if… 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 »

Taking Medical Leave: What to Remember Before, During and After

Last updated Dec. 29, 2017. Try as we might to keep healthy, many of us unfortunately will experience a serious medical issue at some point in our working lives. Such issues may even necessitate taking a leave of absence from your job, via federal or state Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave, and/or via… Read more »

Marital Status Discrimination in NJ: Can My Employer Fire Me If I’m Getting a Divorce?

Last updated July 27, 2017. Most laypersons know that it is illegal for New Jersey employers to discriminate on the basis of protected categories such as race and gender. But did you know that the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (the “LAD”) also prohibits employers from discriminating on the basis of marital status? This means… Read more »

Managing Partner David Zatuchni discusses wage and hour litigation in the New Jersey Law Journal

A recent article in the New Jersey Law Journal addressed the rising number of wage and hour lawsuits in New Jersey and across the country. Employees are increasingly aware of their rights, thanks in part to the large amount of information on the subject available online. After the 2008 crisis, employers started to aggressively cut… Read more »

Employment Lawsuits: Can I Legally Remove Documents from My Workplace?

Last updated Aug. 31, 2017. A successful employment claim, obviously, requires proof that discrimination or retaliation actually occurred. For that reason, many workers who file employment claims against their current or former employers are tempted to print out, copy, or otherwise take records that support their allegations and turn them over to their attorneys. A… Read more »

Sexual Orientation Harassment: Do I Have a Claim Under New Jersey Law?

Last updated Oct. 18, 2018. 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 hostile to those employees. But what happens when… Read more »

Discrimination Lawsuit Settlements: How Much Can I Sue My Employer For?

Last updated Nov. 28, 2017. When I initially consult with new clients, one of the first things they want to know is how much money they can expect to recover by filing an employment claim. It’s a very good question. In fact, the potential value of your claim is one of the critical issues in… Read more »