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Thanks to Paul and his team, I was able to obtain a resolution to my issue. Paul was very professional and explained the process patiently. He was also a patient and good listener. He puts you at ease and besides your attorney, also advises you impartially of the consequences and outcome. Never do you get the feeling that you are being ignored or forced. Thanks again Paul and your staff for your professionalism and courtesy
I was incredibly impressed with Castronovo and McKinney's service. I found myself in a challenging & stressful situation that required legal representation and their attorney Paul Castronovo handled it beyond my expectations. Paul is incredibly experienced/knowledgeable and I just felt like I was in good hands the entire time. Paul has a calming demeanor too--which is helpful in these stressful situations. Paul helped turn my lemons into lemonade. If you need a NJ employment attorney & want the best of the best, call Castronovo & McKinney.
Tom McKinney was referred to me by another lawyer. She stated he was one of the best around and she wasn’t lying. I went to him after being discriminated on and in months he had my settlement in my hand (during covid btw). He is a force a powerhouse. Extremely good at his job and when he says he will deliver he does. If u have been discriminated on and if u want the best then Tom is the right lawyer for the job.
Castronovo & McKinney
Castronovo & McKinney are New Jersey’s top ranked employment law firm with a proven track record of winning cases for clients throughout New Jersey. Call and ask about our success rate and results and you will see that no other employment law firm in New Jersey can compare. Our firm has won millions for clients in discrimination, hostile work environment, retaliation and sexual harassment cases. Some employment attorneys have never tried a case or shy away from trying cases to force settlement, that is not us. We will work to get the full value for your case and if the Company is not willing to pay full value, we bring them to Court. Our firm has the talent, confidence and resources to take on the biggest companies.
Whether your employment rights have been violated due to discrimination, harassment, unfair wage and hour practices, sexual harassment or wrongful termination, we can help. Although employers have an unfair advantage over employees who need to work and earn a living, we know how to level the playing field.
While many employment-related disputes can be resolved through negotiated settlements, we are fully prepared to litigate when necessary. When you consult with us, we will listen to your concerns, choose the best course of action, and work tirelessly to protect your rights. Contact our Morristown or Manhattan office today to speak with one of our experienced employment lawyers.Learn More About Us
Legal Award — 2019
Employment Lawyer of the year in New Jersey
Rising Star — Since 2006
Named to the Super Lawyers Rising Stars list since 2006
Legal Awards — 2006
Named Labor & Employment Law Firm of the year
Trailblazers — 2019
Employment Lawyer of the year in New Jersey
The Trusted Choice in New Jersey Employment Law
At Castronovo & McKinney, we know that taking legal action against an employer is intimidating and employees are often concerned about retaliation and potential damage to their reputation.
Trust our legal team to protect your income and freedom to continue working. We are highly experienced in resolving all types of employment law claims, including:
- Sexual Harassment
- Wage & Hour Claims
- Severance Agreements
- Employment Discrimination
- Wrongful Termination/Retaliation
- Whistleblower Retaliation
All employees have a right to a work environment free from sexual harassment, regardless of their gender, sexual orientation, or gender identity. While the #MeToo movement has shone a spotlight on sexual harassment of women, workplace harassment can impact anyone: men, women, and members of the LGBTQ+ community.
Whether you have been subjected to sexual advances by a supervisor (“quid pro quo” harassment) or unwanted conduct and comments from coworkers (“hostile work environment”), trust Castronovo & McKinney to fight for your rights.
There are numerous state regulations requiring employers to provide a minimum wage, pay overtime, earned sick leave, and commissions, properly classify employees and contractors, implement time-keeping systems, and keep records of pay/gratuities.
Employers that fail to pay the minimum wage, miscalculate rates of pay, misclassify employees or take illegal deductions can be held liable for wage theft. Our firm has a track record of helping employees achieve positive outcomes in wage and hour claims.
At Castronovo & McKinney, we regularly advise employees about severance agreements, separation agreements, and releases. If you have been presented with a severance agreement by your employer, it is wise to consult with our attorneys. We can help to review the agreement, negotiate severance pay with your employer, and make sure your rights are protected.
No one plans on being fired after being a faithful, conscientious employee, but your employer can fire you at any time, for any reason or no reason at all. This is time to have the informed representation we provide.
Employers in New Jersey are prohibited from discriminating against employees and job applicants based on race, color, national origin, sex, religion, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, and other characteristics. This means that employment decisions (e.g. hiring, firing, promoting) cannot be based on a protected characteristic. For example, it is unlawful for an employer to fire an African American worker because of his or her race or natural hairstyle.
While this sounds straightforward, proving employment discrimination is a challenge because employers often attempt to conceal their discriminatory motives. Our legal team is committed to identifying and eradicating employment discrimination in all its forms. We have the skills and experience to hold employers accountable and help our clients obtain just compensation.
New Jersey is an “at-will” state for purposes of employment, meaning that an employer or employee may terminate the relationship at any time, without a reason, without cause. However, it is unlawful for an employer to fire an employee for an illegal or discriminatory reason. Also, employers are barred from retaliating against employees who complain about discrimination, harassment, or labor law violations by taking an adverse employment action (e.g. firing, demoting, harassing). It takes a skilled employment lawyer to pursue a wrongful termination claim.
Employees have a right to complain and report potential illegal and unethical conduct by their employers (e.g. environmental and safety violations, unfair and deceptive practices, fraud). An employer that takes adverse action against an employee for exercising a legal right can be held liable through a whistleblower retaliation claim. Our firm works to protect the rights of workers who blow the whistle and also defends employers against unwarranted whistleblower claims.
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New Jersey Employers
Given that the contemporary workplace is governed by a myriad of local, state, and federal laws, it is crucial for employers to implement policies and procedures to mitigate their liability risk. We provide comprehensive legal services to employers across multiple industries, including:
- Drafting employee handbooks, policies, and other documents
- Training supervisors and staff
- Handling DOL audits
- Conducting independent investigations into alleged workplace misconduct
- Litigating employment and commercial claims
Our attorneys know that employers can be unfairly accused of misconduct when an employment dispute arises and work with them proactively to protect their interests.
Former Executive Chef Daniel Schreiber filed a complaint against Portobello Restaurant on Tuesday, saying his complaints about health conditions at the Ramapo Valley Road restaurant were ignored and eventually led to his firing after a month's employment in March.
When a Catholic school art teacher was asked to take on extra responsibilities, she requested a raise, explaining she was about to have a baby.
Contact Our Experienced New Jersey Employment Lawyers
At Castronovo & McKinney, we believe that employers and employees have a mutual responsibility to create positive work environments. When the employment relationship breaks down, we step in to help the parties find workable solutions.
Our attorneys are comfortable handling administrative proceedings before the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the New Jersey Department of Labor (DOL) or trying cases in state and federal court.
Above all, we are committed to protecting your rights in and out of the courtroom. If you are facing an employment-related dispute, we will provide you with trustworthy advice and efficient service. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation.