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Employment Attorneys Serving Northern and Central New Jersey

On July 12, 2016, Jon Green was quoted in a story by Politico that analyzed the legal maneuvering in the high profile Gretchen Carlson v. Roger Ailes sexual harassment case.  See the link to the article:  http://www.politico.com/media/story/2016/07/gretchen-carlson-arbitration....

On June 22, 2016, Jon Green's article regarding the June 15, 2016 New Jersey Supreme Court decision in Rodriguez v. Raymours Furniture Co, Inc.,---ruling that employers may not through contracts, employer manuals and/or employment applications unilaterally impose a shortened statute of limitations of six months for New Jersey statutes that authorize employees to file a lawsuit claiming workplace discrimination and/or illegal retaliation---was published in the national publication Law360.  The article was a rebuttal to the initial June 16, 2016 article reporting the decision that left the erroneous impression that employers would have to scramble to change their human resource practices in view of this ruling when in fact, the New Jersey Supreme Court merely re-affirmed the two-year statute of limitations deadline for cases brought under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination.

On June 3, 2016, Jon Green was a speaker panelist for the New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education's program, "Hot Tips in Employment Law" that took place in New Brunswick, N.J. In particular, he spoke on "Is It More Favorable to Bring Whistlebower Claims Under Sarbanes Oxley/Dodd Frank Rather Than CEPA"?

On April 20, 2016, Jon Green was a speaker panelist for the New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education's progam, "Ethics and Employment Litigation:  Stepping Through the Minefield" that took place in West Orange, New Jersey.  In particular, he spoke on "Professional Responsibility in Multi-Plaintiff Settlements" and "A Lawyer's Ethical Duties Regarding Trial Publicity in Civil Cases."

On April 2, 2016, Jon Green moderated a program entitled "Ethical Issues in High Profile Cases" at the National EEO Conference in Austin, Texas.  The conference was presented by the American Bar Association's Labor and Employment Section.

In March 2016, partners Jon Green and Glen Savits, were again selected as New Jersey Super Lawyers in the fields of Employment & Labor Law and Employment Litigation for Plaintiffs through a poll of New Jersey lawyers conducted by New Jersey Monthly magazine and the publisher Law & Politics. Mr. Green has been so chosen since 2006 and Mr. Savits has been so selected since 2009

On December 15, 2015, Jon Green was a speaker at the 2015 Employment Roundtable sponsored by the New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education held at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick, N.J.  He was a panelist presenting the plaintiff's employee attorney point of view on "Ethical Issues Relating to Employment Litigation".

On October 23, 2015, the New Jersey Labor and Employment Quarterly published an article by Dylan Dindial entitled "Going to Bat Against the Patient Safety Act's Privilege of Self-Critical Analysis." In the article, Ms. Dindial analyzed the protections from disclosure afforded to health care facilities under the Patient Safety Act and how plaintiff-side employment law practitioners can break through these protections to discover information relevant to the wrongful conduct against their clients.

On September 30, 2015, Jon Green was a speaker at National Employment Lawyers' Association New Jersey chapter dinner seminar that discussed the criminal and ethical ramifications where a current or former employee takes certain documents from their employer and gives them to their employment attorney.  The program was entitled " Discovery Post-Saveedra: How to Avoid Legal and Ethical Land Mines".

On August 7, 2015, Dylan Dindial was elected to the Board of Directors of the National Employment Lawyers Association- New Jersey chapter.

On June 25, 2015.  Partners Glen Savits and Jon Green moderated two separate programs in Atlanta, Georgia  at the 2015 National Employment Lawyers Association convention.   Glen moderated an ethics panel entitled ‘Dealing With Difficult People’ and Jon moderated a program on the common interest privilege entitled ‘Common Interest Doctrines: A Double Edged Sword’.”

Glen Savits was interviewed in connection with an article published on June 24, 2015 by the New Jersey Law Journal entitled "Whistleblower Ruling Draws Fire From Employment Bar." This article discusses the New Jersey Supreme Court's decision in State v. Saavedra, where the justices ruled 6-1 to uphold an Appellate Division decision that defendant Ivonne Saavedra could be prosecuted for theft and official misconduct for taking documents from her former employer, against which she had filed a lawsuit alleging that she was the victim of gender, sexual and ethnic discrimination.The high court said its 2010 decision in Quinlan v. Curtiss-Wright—which held that, under certain circumstances, employers could not fire employees for taking confidential documents—had no bearing on whether criminal charges could be brought for such conduct. Mr. Savits called it "a terrible decision" when interviewed by the Law Journal. "Clearly this will create a chilling effect on potential whistleblowers if they feel that, 'Gee, if I copy certain documents, I'm going to be prosecuted criminally.' . . . It's something I think management attorneys are going to love because [employers] can tell people, 'If you take anything you can be prosecuted.'"

On July 21, 2015.  Partner Jon Green was the sole speaker for the segment “Employment Discrimination” at the New Jersey Continuing Institute of Legal Education’s 2015 Labor and Employment Law Summer Institute held at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick, N.J.

On June 5, 2015, Jon Green was a speaker for two different programs at the New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education's annual 2015 Hot Tips in Labor and Employment Law seminar held at the New Jersey Bar Center in New Brunswick, N.J.  The first program addressed the damages that can be awarded under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination.  The second program addressed ethical issues that can arise in employment litigation.

On May 12, 2015, United States District Court Judge Freda Wolfson denied in substantial part a motion to dismiss the amended complaint filed on September 19, 2014 in Trenton, N.J. federal district court in Morgan v. Martinez, 3:14-cv-02468-FLW-LHG.  Jon Green, acting as local counsel to Americans United for Separation of Church and State of Washington, D.C., filed suit  on behalf of Shannon Morgan who contended that her rights under the First Amendment to the United States Constitution had been violated because the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission refused to accept her on-line application for a vanity license plate that would have read “8THEIST”.  When she then typed in the word “BAPTIST” on the Motor Vehicle Commission website, that application was accepted.  Ms. Morgan did not purchase a vanity license plate with the word “BAPTIST”.  She then followed up with an email, telephone calls and a letter sent return receipt requested to the Motor Vehicle Commission ("MVC") that went unanswered as to why her request to place the word “8THEIST” on her license plate was objectionable.  She initially filed suit in April 2014.  The MVC filed a motion to dismiss contending that 1) it would honor a second paper request after her lawsuit had been filed for the license plate she sought and 2) that the on-line denial of her license plate application was a 'computer glitch' that had be rectified; and 3) that she had no viable lawsuit because she could then purchase the personalized license plate that read "8theist".  Ms. Morgan applied some time later on line for the same license plate and was again denied for the same exact reason.  Ms. Morgan alleged in her amended complaint that the computer glitch was not fixed and that the regulation that gave the MVC authority to deny an application for personalized plates based on "connotations offensive to good taste and decency" was overbroad and violated on its face the First Amendment's free speech guarantee. Judge Wolfson agreed with Ms. Morgan's attorneys' arguments when denying the MVC's motion except for ruling that Ms. Morgan's claim that the regulation gave the MVC "unbridled discretion" was duplicative of her other First Amendmen claims in the complaint.  The case will now proceed to the discovery phase

On April 18, 2015, Jon Green was a speaker at the 2015 National Conference on Equal Opportunity Law in Miami Beach, Florida presented by the American Bar Assoication's Labor and Employment Section. The program at which Mr. Green spoke was "Navigating the Ethical Minefield of Settlements and Releases in Multi-Plaintiff Cases."  He presented the ethical issues that an attorney representing employees face when trying to settle a case where the attorney represents more than one client in a single employment case.

On March 2015, Jon Green and Glen Savits, were again selected as New Jersey Super Lawyers in the fields of Employment & Labor Law and Employment Litigation for Plaintiffs through a poll of New Jersey lawyers conducted by New Jersey Monthly magazine and the publisher Law & Politics. Mr. Green has been so chosen since 2006 and Mr. Savits has been so selected since 2009.

On February 20, 2015, Green Savits, LLC together with the Law Office of John G. Reckenbeil, LLC of Spartanburg, SC, filed a class action lawsuit against Sealed Air Corporation of Elmwood Park, NJ in federal district court in Newark.  The lawsuit alleges that the named plaintiffs, Cathy Parker and Rick Hayden and similarly situated Sealed Air employees were retroactively denied 2012 bonus payments after they earned those bonuses under Sealed Air’s 2012 bonus policy. Sealed Air is one of the world’s largest packaging manufacturers and creator of Bubble Wrap. The company employs approximately 25,000 employees worldwide.  For years, it has been Sealed Air’s policy to pay certain employees incentive based compensation through a specific formula. In addition to reaching certain sales goals, the employees were required to obtain a certain performance rating or score to become eligible for the bonus compensation.  In early 2013, after eligible employees had received their rating score for 2012, Sealed Air decided to retroactively lower the rating score below the eligibility threshold of 15% of those who already fully performed under the preceding year’s incentive plan so as to deprive them of compensation they already earned.

The lawsuit alleges claims for breach of unilateral contract and violations of certain states’ wage payment acts. 

On February 20, 2015, Glen Savits was a panelist at the Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association (MWELA) Annual Conference in Washington D.C. He spoke about employees' right to leave under the ADA and the FMLA.

On January 5, 2015, the New Jersey Law Journal published an op-ed article by Jon Green entitled "Employer Policies That Nullify Statutory Rights Will Undermine the Rule of Law".  The commentary discussed two pending New Jersey Supreme Court appeals that will decide whether employers can use their policies to effectively repeal New Jersey statutes that were enacted to protect whistleblowers and victims of employment discrimination.

On November 12, 2014, Jon Green was a panelist for the New Jersey chapter of the National Employment Lawyers Association's dinner meeting seminar in New Brunswick, N.J.  He was the plaintiff's speaker regarding conducting efficient discovery of electronic documents. The program was titled, "What You Don't Know About ESI Can Kill You".

On November 8, 2014, members Jon Green and Glen Savits were inducted in Los Angeles as Fellows of the College of Labor and Employment Law.

On September 8, 2014, Dylan Dindial, Esq., former law clerk to the Hon. Phillip Freedman (ret., t/a) Superior Court, Law Division, Essex County joined our firm as an associate.

On September 29, 2014, Green Savits relocated its offices to 25B Vreeland Road, Suite 207, Florham Park, N.J. 07932.

On July 15, 2014, Jon Green was a seminar speaker at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick, N.J. as part of the “Labor & Employment Summer Institute” program sponsored by the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Institute of Continuing Legal Education.  His specific topic was an overview on Employment Discrimination.

On June 26, 2014,  Glen Savits spoke at the Annual Conference of the National Employment Lawyers’ Association in Boston.  He participated in a panel discussion concerning the legal rights of employees with disabilities trying to remain at work when their employers resist accommodating them or attempting to return to work after being on leave.  Mr. Savits was also honored after finishing 12 years of serving on the Executive Board of the Association.

On June 21, 2014, Jon Green and Glen Savits were elected as Fellows of The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.  Both will be inducted into the College  in Los Angeles on November 8, 2014.  The College was established in 1995 through an initiative of the Council of The Section of Labor and Employment Law of the American Bar Association.  It supports the profession as one uniquely important to the world of labor and employment law, individual rights, collective bargaining and dispute resolution.  The College operates as a free-standing organization recognizing those who, by long and outstanding service, have distinguished themselves as leaders in the field.

On June 13, 2014, Jon Green spoke to lawyers at the New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education’s Labor And Employment Hot Tips program about Social Media Discovery.

On June 13, 2014, Glen Savits gave a presentation to attorneys at the New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education’s Annual Labor and Employment Hot Tips program concerning a review of important cases involving and changes to the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination over the past year.

On June 9, 2014, the New Jersey Appellate Division reinstated a June 2012 Morris County jury verdict in favor of former Parsippany-Troy Hills Board of Education Transportation Coordinator, Kathleen Warrick, on her tortious interference claim against Michael Strumolo. Mr. Strumolo was the school bus maintenance contractor for the Parsippany Board of Ed for almost 30 years.  A Morris County jury found in favor of Ms. Warrick’s claim that Mr. Strumolo’s conduct led to her being fired by the Board of Ed.  Ms. Warrick, as Transportation Coordinator, had repeatedly raised concerns about Mr. Strumolo’s maintenance of the Parsippany Board’s school buses in light of multiple buses on numerous occasions failing New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission inspections and that Mr. Strumolo retaliated by using his political connections to get Ms. Warrick fired.  The Appellate Division ruled that the trial judge erroneously threw out the jury verdict against Mr. Strumolo and concluded there was sufficient evidence for the jury to find that Mr. Stumolo had unlawfully interfered with Ms. Warrick’s Board of Ed position and ordered that a trial setting damages should take place. The same jury had ruled against her whistleblower claim against the Board of Education and the Appellate Division rejected her claims of trial errors on that claim.  It is anticipated that aspect of the Appellate Division’s decision will be appealed to the New Jersey Supreme Court.  Jon Green  represented Ms. Warrick both at trial and on appeal. The Appellate Division decision and Star Ledger article reporting the opinion can be accessed by clicking on the links.

In the May, 2014 edition of the AARP Bulletin, Glen Savits was quoted in an article entitled, Forced Out, Older Workers Are Fighting Back.  The article highlighted Mr. Savits’ case Seibert v. Quest Diagnostics addressing the obstacles in proving age discrimination cases.

On March 26, 2014, Jon Green was a speaker at the 2014 Labor and Employment Law Forum held at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick, N. J. The conference was sponsored by the New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education.  Mr. Green was a panel speaker that addressed legal ethical issues that arise when representing more than one employee in a single case. The program was entitled  "Ethical Issues in  Fee Agreements and Multi-Party Representation: Good Beginnings for Headache Free Endings".

On March 26, 2014,  Glen Savits gave a presentation to law students at Rutgers University School of Law in Newark, New Jersey concerning the misclassification of employees by employers in order to avoid paying overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

In March 2014,  Jon Green and Glen Savits, were selected as New Jersey Super Lawyers in the fields of Employment & Labor Law and Employment Litigation for Plaintiffs through a poll of New Jersey lawyers conducted by New Jersey Monthly magazine and the publisher Law & Politics.

On December 7 & 8, 2013Jon Green was a judge at the Yale University Mock Trial Invitational Competition in New Haven, Connecticut.

On November 18, 2013Jon Green was named Executive Committee Coordinator of the Civil & Personal Rights Subcommittee of the New Jersey Labor & Employment Section Executive Committee.

On November 14, 2013, Glen Savits spoke at a seminar presented by the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education entitled "Labor and Employment Issues for the Corporate and In-House Attorney."  Mr. Savits discussed reasonable accommodations of employees with disabilities.

On November 1, 2013, US News & World Report listed Green, Savits & Lenzo as one of the Best Law Firms in the country for the fourth year in a row.  The firm was ranked in Tier 1 in the New Jersey Metropolitan Area for labor and employment law litigation and Tier 2 in the New Jersey Metropolitan Area for representation of individuals in employment law matters.*

On September 20, 2013Glen Savits participated in the Annual Employment Law Conference sponsored by NELA-NJ and NJ ICLE entitled "Weathering the Storm:  Managing Urgent Issues in Employment Law".  Mr. Savits was both the Master of Ceremonies for the seminar and moderator for a panel discussing important employment law cases within the last twelve months.

On March 28, 2013, the Plaintiff in Seibert v. Quest Diagnostics, represented by Glen Savits, defeated a summary judgment motion allowing her to proceed to trial on her ERISA severance claim and her New Jersey age discrimination claim.  In the Opinion of Judge Kathryn Hayden of the Federal District Court of New Jersey, it was found that the plaintiff had provided sufficient evidence to proceed where she was claiming that her employer developed a company-wide plan to terminate older sales people to develop a younger sales force and then manipulated its performance standards so that it could fire these long-time employees without giving them severance.  See, Seibert Summary Judgment Order and Opinion.

On January 8, 2013Glen Savits was appointed Plaintiffs' Membership Co-Chair of the Employment Rights and Responsibilities Committee of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the American Bar Association.

*No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey. For Martindale-Hubbell methodology, see www.martindale.com. For Super Lawyers and Rising Stars methodology, see www.superlawyers.com.