New Jersey Supreme Court Rules That “Watchdog” Employees Can Be Protected As Whistleblowers

In 2014, we posted on this blog about a legal question that had yet to be definitively resolved in New Jersey: namely, whether whistleblowing employees are protected under the Conscientious Employee Protection Act (“CEPA”) when their job duties require them to monitor and report on the legality of their employer’s conduct. These “watchdog” employees include… Read more »

FMLA Longer Than 12 Weeks? Here’s What to Know

Last updated July 31, 2018. Illness happens to nearly all of us — or to our spouses, children, or parents — over the course of our working lives. Further, some conditions like cancer, heart disease, and depression are recurring, with treatment requiring a series of temporary medical leaves. Fortunately, the federal Family and Medical Leave Act… Read more »

Supreme Court Safeguards the Religious Freedom of Employees in Failure-to-Hire Case

While the 2015 Supreme Court term saw a lot of dissension and split decisions, the high court ruled definitively, 8-1, in favor of job applicants seeking protection from religious discrimination in employment under federal law. Specifically, in Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores, Inc., the Court ruled that, to prove discrimination under… Read more »

Can NJ Employers Ask Job Applicants about Their Criminal History?

Last updated March 27, 2018. A job search can be tough even in the best of circumstances. However, in a sluggish economy, with many applicants for each open position, getting past the interview process and getting hired is more challenging than ever. For those with a criminal record, just obtaining an initial interview can be… Read more »

Are Discrimination Lawsuit Settlements Taxable?

Last updated March 13, 2018. So you’ve finally settled your employment lawsuit — what a relief! Now you don’t have to concern yourself with the strength of your case, the pace at which it is proceeding, or whether or not it will resolve without a trial. You do, unfortunately, have to concern yourself with the tax… Read more »

Workers’ Compensation Retaliation: Legal Remedies in New York and New Jersey

Last updated May 30, 2018. Both New York and New Jersey workers who suffer a workplace injury or contract an illness as a result of work are entitled to workers’ compensation through their employers. As a practical matter, this typically means that a worker reports his or her workplace injury/illness to the employer within a… Read more »

NJLAD Statute of Limitations: When to File Your Employment Claim

Last updated March 27, 2018. 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?

Last edited Aug. 31, 2018. Most workers in New Jersey are aware that the state’s Law Against Discrimination (LAD) prohibits employers from discriminating against employees on certain bases, such as race, age, sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity. After all, New Jersey law requires that employers within the state post a notice about the LAD… 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.