Mark Law Firm Blog

Can I Sue My NJ Employer for a Hostile Work Environment?

Posted by Jamison Mark on Mar 5, 2016 10:00:00 AM

 

Your boss is insufferable – he yells at you and has temper tantrums during which he throws office supplies. Your coworkers are jerks, too – they’re mean to you, say nasty things behind your back, and undermine your authority. Can you sue your employer for a hostile work environment?

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Topics: Employment Law, Discrimination & Harassment, Hiring a lawyer

New Jersey Religious Discrimination in the Workplace

Posted by Jamison Mark on Feb 13, 2016 12:00:00 PM

Both New Jersey and federal laws prohibit an employer, other than a religious institution, from discriminating against any current or potential employee on the basis of that employee’s creed, religious beliefs or practices, or lack thereof. In the workplace, issues sometimes come up about exactly what protections the laws give to employees and what obligations employers have under the statutes.

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Topics: Discrimination & Harassment

Age Discrimination: Exceptions to the Rules

Posted by Jamison Mark on Feb 6, 2016 4:00:00 PM

It’s illegal under both federal and New Jersey state law for an employer to discriminate against any current or potential employee on the basis of that employee’s age, but there are significant differences between the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA) and the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (NJLAD). The ADEA and NJLAD each apply to different categories of employers and businesses and protect different groups of people.

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Topics: Employment Law, Discrimination & Harassment, Wrongful Termination

Camden Employee Claims Religious Discrimination over Henna "Tattoos"

Posted by Jamison Mark on Dec 4, 2015 4:30:00 PM

What happens when an employee’s expression of religious beliefs conflicts with an employer’s dress code? A lawsuit recently filed in the Camden County Superior Court revolves around just that question. 

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Topics: Employment Law, Discrimination & Harassment

U.S. Senate Introduces New Bill to Combat Age Discrimination

Posted by Jamison Mark on Oct 23, 2015 1:00:00 PM

 

This week, a bipartisan contingent of senators is introducing the Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act (POWADA). If it passes, this bill will make it easier to prove age discrimination in cases brought by older workers against their employers.

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Topics: Employment Law, Discrimination & Harassment, Wrongful Termination

Supreme Court Upholds Fair Housing Act Discrimination Claims

Posted by Jamison Mark on Jun 25, 2015 2:46:34 PM

 

The Supreme Court ruled today on a case interpreting the national Fair Housing Act (FHA).[1] Although some states and localities have their own additional protections, today’s Supreme Court ruling strengthens the protection of the FHA to protect renters, tenants, and homebuyers across the country from discrimination.

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Topics: Discrimination & Harassment

NJ finds no religious discrimination in pledge at school

Posted by Jamison Mark on Jun 10, 2015 10:47:15 AM

https://www.becketlaw.org/media/new-jersey-student-wins-court-case-keep-god-pledge-allegiance/Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. --US Constitution, Amendment I

More than two centuries after its adoption, the First Amendment remains one of the bedrock tenants of American values; most state constitutions (including New Jersey’s) have equivalent free exercise provisions. But like all of the Constitution and Bill of Rights, modern courts determine how it should be interpreted and applied to current disputes.

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Topics: Discrimination & Harassment, Education Law

Bullying in New Jersey Schools – Know Your Child’s Rights

Posted by Jamison Mark on Dec 5, 2014 3:00:00 PM

The Mark Law Firm, Basking Ridge, NJ.

Anti-Bullying Attorneys in Basking Ridge, New Jersey 

Children deserve a safe and respectful school environment in which to learn and associate with their peers.  A child subjected to bullying may lose interest in school, perform poorly, and withdraw from participation in school events.  Feeling safe in school promotes student learning and healthy development.

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Topics: Discrimination & Harassment, Education Law

Former Restaurant Worker Receives $20,000 Sexual Harassment Settlement

Posted by Jamison Mark on Nov 19, 2014 4:30:00 PM

A Pennsylvania restaurant has recently agreed to settle a sexual harassment and sexual discrimination lawsuit brought by a former employee for approximately $20,000.  The claim, which was filed in the United States District Court in Erie, Pennsylvania, alleged that one of the restaurant’s co-owners, Peter West, routinely made vulgar remarks toward female workers. In particular, West’s statements often referenced the women’s physical appearances and related to sexual acts.

One of West’s employees, Dorothy Hannah, complained about West’s inappropriate comments, particularly ones directed at her, in which she was described as being “stupid,” “fat,” and “ugly.” When Hannah reported West’s rude and hostile behavior to other managers, she claims that her grievances fell on deaf ears.  Eventually, Hannah could no longer put up with the mistreatment and decided to resign and file a federal complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

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Topics: Employment Law, Discrimination & Harassment

Rehabilitation Center Settles Discrimination Claim

Posted by Jamison Mark on Nov 17, 2014 2:00:00 PM

The New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (LAD) protects people in New Jersey from becoming victims of discrimination due to certain characteristics such as their race, religion, gender, or disability.  The LAD covers several types of disabilities, including deafness, blindness, and limited mobility.  The LAD also contains provisions requiring that people with disabilities or certain other medical conditions be provided with reasonable accommodations. If such accommodations are not provided, a violator can be subject to fines or legal liability if the discrimination victim chooses to file a lawsuit.

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Topics: Discrimination & Harassment