Green Savits Employment Law Blog

Employment Attorneys Serving Northern and Central New Jersey

February 19, 2015

Individuals frequently call for advice concerning the harassment and discrimination they experienced. They tell me they just couldn’t take it anymore and that going to work each day had become an anxiety-filled event, so they resigned from their employment. I assure them that they should not doubt the choice they made, because ultimately they did what they needed to stay happy and healthy. But often, under New Jersey law, that choice has limited, if not eliminated, their legal remedies.

In the employment discrimination context, "constructive discharge" is when an employer knowingly permits conditions of employment so intolerable...

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January 20, 2015

I am learning more and more that my mother was right about a lot of things but particularly about timing.  A superb golfer in her day (she was a single digit handicap at her peak) she taught me that properly timing the start of the downswing was critical to both accuracy and distance.  And in love, she always told me that timing was critical when it came to marriage, i.e, whether my future wife and I would be "ready" when we first meet. She was absolutely right!

Timing is also critical in proving an employer's illegal motive for firing, demotions, punitive transfers, etc..  For example, when an employee reports, objects to or...

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January 06, 2015

This past Sunday, as I watched the Dallas Cowboys gain momentum and come back against the Detroit Lions, I was more than distracted by what I recently learned about how the NFL teams treat their cheerleaders. These women cheer for their team during games, practice for hours in the days leading up to games, attend public appearances, and maintain their bodies in incredible, physical shape. However, despite their significant value to the team they cheer for, the amount they are paid for their talent is often pathetic, bordering on abusive.

In September 2014, the Raiderette’s settled their lawsuit against the Oakland Raiders for...

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December 28, 2014

With the upcoming New Year, it is time for resolutions that we all hopefully will keep.  For employees, please adopt this resolution:  I will never email, text or post on my social media page content that I know could be offensive, violate someone's privacy or just be plain mean.   Failure to follow this simple rule just got a long time New Jersey municpal employee suspended without pay and possibly losing his job for distributing racist emails. So to avoid coming to spend legal fees on a law firm like ours, all you employees out there adopt and follow this simple New Year's resolution.

Happy New Year everyone!

December 23, 2014

Since Hanukkah is coming to an end, Christmas is just about here, and Kwanza is just around the corner, I thought this would be the perfect time to tell you all a bit about your rights as religious observers in the workplace.

The most important thing to know is that under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination, employers are required to prevent and/or cure harassment and are prohibited from discriminating against employees on the basis of their religion. This means that, in addition to other terms or conditions of your employment, getting a job, keeping a job, or getting a raise, a promotion, or benefits cannot be conditioned...

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December 03, 2014

Facebook and social media sites like it has changed our world in many different ways. On the positive side, we can communicate and keep up with more people that we have met and befriended in our lives no matter where they live, reach out to people from our past that was not possible before and otherwise become and stay more connected in this increasingly complex world that we live in.  But there is a downside to this ability to connect and these negatives can be devastating for employees.  We have observed more and more instances where employees have said things about their employers, their bosses and/or co-workers that not only could...

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November 17, 2014

Every employee sees and hears things around the workplace. It’s hard not to. Sometimes employees see, hear, or are asked to be involved in something they don’t feel comfortable doing because they believe it is wrong or illegal. Understandably, many of these employees are afraid of the potential repercussions of reporting or protesting what they’ve seen, heard, or been asked to do. But before you decide to follow the three monkeys and “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil,” it is important to know how and when you are protected for speaking out against wrongful conduct in the workplace.

Under New Jersey law, someone who reports...

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November 12, 2014

Last month, I wrote about the IT industry's problem with its treatment of female and/or older employees.  The obstacles that these employees face have been documented in the media and through our own firm's cases.  But, do these anecdotal episodes mean that IT employers are engaging in illegal discrimination?  The answer is not a clear cut one but depends on the circumstances.

While IT work environments may not be as congenial or friendly to female and/or older employees, that does not necessarily prove illegal discrimination. But as my colleague Glen Savits alluded to in an earlier post, it may be relevant circumstantial evidence...

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October 21, 2014

As a brief follow up to my October 16 blog posting, New York City also passed the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, requiring NYC employers (with at least 4 employees) to grant reasonable accommodations to their pregnant employees. See N.Y.C. Admin. Code 8-107(22). Not only are employers required to grant reasonable accommodations that would not be an undue hardship or prevent an employee from satisfying the "essential requisites" of their job, but they also must notify their employees of these new rights, in writing, by May 30, 2014.

October 20, 2014

            “You can’t prove anything, detective.  All you have is circumstantial evidence!”  How often do we think of that movie cliché whenever we think about circumstantial evidence?  We think of it as inferior to eyewitness or other direct evidence.  The fact is that circumstantial evidence can be very powerful and is the primary way that discrimination cases are proven. 

            If, when you go to bed, there is no snow on the ground, but when you wake up there is a foot of snow outside, you can conclude that it snowed overnight.  That is circumstantial evidence.  Now suppose I told you I was up all night looking out the...

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