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Holiday Displays in NJ Workplaces: What’s Legal?

Posted by Jamison Mark on Oct 26, 2017 4:06:00 PM

As the weather grows cooler, the holidays are right around the corner. Many employers and workers are confused about what kind of holiday decorations, displays, and celebrations are legally allowed in the workplace.

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Topics: Employment Law, Discrimination & Harassment

Is Mental Illness a Protected Disability Under the NJLAD?

Posted by Jamison Mark on Aug 2, 2017 12:10:00 PM

Mental illness is a disability affecting nearly 1 in 5 U.S. adults, costing America $193.2 billion in lost earning per year. These shocking statistics are exacerbated by the fact that mental illness is often publicly stigmatized, preventing a genuine discussion about mental illness from ever occurring.

As such, it is little wonder that many New Jersey residents are left wondering whether mental illness is a protected disability under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (NJLAD). Here is what New Jersey law has to say regarding mental illness discrimination in the workplace.

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Topics: Employment Law, Discrimination & Harassment

Islamic Society Can Build Mosque After N.J. Township Settles Lawsuit

Posted by Jamison Mark on Jul 11, 2017 10:40:00 AM

The Islamic Society of Basking Ridge (ISBR) and the U.S. Justice Department both filed discrimination lawsuits in 2016 after the ISBR was denied its plan to build a mosque in the area. Nearly half a year after the Justice Department's lawsuit was filed in 2016, the Bernards Township Committee voted to accept proposed settlements in both the Justice Department lawsuit and the lawsuit filed by the ISBR.

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Topics: Discrimination & Harassment

Do You Have a Hostile Work Environment Claim?

Posted by Jamison Mark on May 18, 2017 10:47:00 AM

Workplace incivility has become, essentially, a fact of life. Studies have shown that the vast majority of workers report having experienced incivility as work, many as often as once a week. But at what point does bullying, abuse, and unfairness rise to the level of an illegal “hostile work environment”? The answer may surprise you.

 

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Topics: Employment Law, Discrimination & Harassment

Can Your Political Beliefs Get You Fired?

Posted by Jamison Mark on Mar 3, 2017 3:58:12 PM

Political discussions and arguments haven’t subsided following the election, and protests have continued across the country. Employers who want to keep their workers happy and prevent workplace arguments, hostilities, and even violence may wonder if they can just completely ban political discussions. Is it legal for an employer to prohibit employees from discussion politics in the workplace or during work hours? And what about attempting to police what employees do in their spare time related to politics, protests, or political organizations, or taking adverse employment actions against employees based on their personal social media posts? Is this a violation of your free speech protections, or is it allowable treatment of at-will employees?

 

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Topics: Employment Law, Discrimination & Harassment, Free Speech

FAQ: Politics in the Workplace

Posted by Jamison Mark on Nov 5, 2016 9:55:11 AM

 

With election day right around the corner, it’s a good time to address politics as it relates to the workplace. Here are some answers to the most frequently asked questions about voting and political issues in the workplace.

 

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Topics: Employment Law, Discrimination & Harassment

I Was Injured on the Job in New Jersey. Can I Be Fired?

Posted by Jamison Mark on Oct 22, 2016 12:01:18 PM

 

If you’ve suffered an on-the-job injury, you may worry about more than your physical recovery—you may worry that you won’t be able to return to work. A lot of factors play into whether you will be able to go back to your job after an injury. Knowing the laws and requirements can help you focus on your recovery rather than worrying about your employment.

 

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Topics: Discrimination & Harassment, Wrongful Termination, Personal Injury, Workers' Compensation, Hiring a lawyer

Divorcing? The New Jersey Law Against Discrimination Protects You

Posted by Jamison Mark on Aug 24, 2016 10:30:00 AM

 

Recently the New Jersey Supreme Court concluded that protected “marital status” is not only limited to the state of being single or married. Employers have never been able to hire or fire someone for being married or unmarried, but the court’s ruling stated that “marital status” should be read broadly to include people “in transition.” That includes those who are preparing to get married as well as those who are going through a divorce.

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Topics: Employment Law, Discrimination & Harassment, Family Law

Victim of Discrimination? What You Need to Know About the NJLAD

Posted by Jamison Mark on Jul 11, 2016 11:42:21 AM

 

 

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Topics: Employment Law, Discrimination & Harassment

Court Rules Divorce Is Protected Status Under NJLAD

Posted by Jamison Mark on Jun 25, 2016 10:00:00 AM

 

Going through a divorce can be extremely difficult – especially if it’s accompanied by the loss of your job. But a new ruling from the New Jersey Supreme Court might help protect your job: the Court recently ruled that the protection of New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (NJLAD) forbids all kinds of discrimination based on marital status, including whether a person is in the process of getting a divorce.

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Topics: Employment Law, Discrimination & Harassment, Wrongful Termination, Family Law