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How Can a Clothing Allowance Be Gender Discrimination?

Posted by Jamison Mark on Feb 15, 2018 4:17:00 PM

men's clothing store.jpgA group of female sales associates has filed a lawsuit against a New York-based men’s clothing company because of clothing allowances it gave only to its male store employees.[1] A federal court recently determined that the women can proceed with their lawsuit as a class action for discrimination and violations of the Equal Pay Act.

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Topics: Discrimination & Harassment

What Behavior Constitutes Workplace Sexual Harassment?

Posted by Jamison Mark on Jan 24, 2018 3:55:00 PM

With all the media attention on high profile cases of sexual harassment, some people are confused as to what behavior constitutes workplace sexual harassment. Sexual harassment is harassment based on gender or sexual preference, and it occurs when an employee is subjected to unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature. Employers and employees alike should understand what the legal standards are for defining sexual harassment.

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Topics: Discrimination & Harassment

Am I Entitled to Take Religious Holidays Off in New Jersey?

Posted by Jamison Mark on Dec 19, 2017 3:48:00 PM

With the holiday season close at hand, many workers hope to take some time off to spend with family and friends, rest and relax, or engage in religious celebrations. With the wide range of diversity in New Jersey, employees may celebrate many different holidays in many disparate ways. Do you know what your rights are in the workplace regarding time off for religious holiday celebrations?

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Topics: Employment Law, Discrimination & Harassment

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