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 »

Wrongful Termination in New Jersey: What Does It Actually Mean?

Last updated Nov. 28, 2017. 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 in New Jersey and ask what legal recourse is available to them. These workers sometimes complain… Read more »

NJ Pregnancy Laws: Expanded Protection Against Job Discrimination

Last updated June 28, 2017. 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 pregnant workers often found… Read more »

FMLA Denied Wrongfully? 3 Mistakes to Avoid

Last updated Nov. 28, 2017. The federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) grants qualifying workers twelve (12) 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… Read more »

New Jersey Age Discrimination Law: What Makes a Successful Claim?

Last updated Jan. 30, 2018. 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… Read more »

Human Resources: Do’s and Don’ts of Reporting Discrimination or Unlawful Harassment

Last updated Dec. 29, 2017. 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… 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 »