Understanding NJ Disability Discrimination

Lawyers and NJ Disability Discrimination Rights Disability discrimination law in New Jersey is complicated and violations are common.  The New Jersey Law Against Discrimination protects employees with permanent or temporary disabilities from being fired or forced to work in pain due to a disability.  Given the complexity of disability discrimination law, it is important to consult a lawyer to … [Read more...]

New Jersey Discrimination Lawyers – NJ Law Against Discrimination

Castronovo & McKinney, LLC’s New Jersey Discrimination Lawyers have handled hundreds of discrimination matter on behalf of clients. Discrimination is illegal in the workplace based on the New Jersey’s Law Against Discrimination. In order for the discrimination to be illegal, our New Jersey Discrimination Lawyers will need to be able to demonstrate that you were discriminated against based on … [Read more...]

$3 Million NJ Age Discrimination Verdict for Investigators Upheld on Appeal | NJ Age Discrimination Lawyers

Six former Investigators employed by the Passaic County Prosecutor’s prevailed in showing that they were fired due to their ages, ranging from 42 to 64.  The jury awarded each lost pay, including lost pay in the future, as well as $175,000 each for punitive damages.  They proved their case by using the prosecutor’s admission that he used their pension eligibility as a key factor in selecting them … [Read more...]

Employee’s NJ Refusal of Flu Vaccine Protected by the First Amendment

A NJ refusal of flu vaccine at Hackettstown Community Hospital caused the hospital to fire a nurse who refused a flu vaccination for personal health reasons.  But the hospital permitted other employees to refuse the vaccine on religious grounds. A New Jersey appellate court ruled that exempting employees due to religious reasons while firing this employee due to a secular reason is “unrelated to … [Read more...]

New Jersey Gender Discrimination Attorney | NJ Discrimination Lawyer

Are you in need of a New Jersey gender discrimination attorney? The New Jersey law against discrimination prevents discrimination against individuals based on gender. This means that an employer cannot treat you differently do to your sex. We have commonly seen gender discrimination cases in New Jersey based on terminations, failure to promote, failure to hire and denile of benefits. These cases … [Read more...]

Religious Discrimination in New Jersey | NJ Discrimination Lawyers

Were you the victim of religious discrimination in New Jersey? If so, our New Jersey religious discrimination attorneys can assist you with your potential claim. New Jersey's Law Against Discrimination makes it illegal for an employer to treat you differently due to your religion. In order for the discrimination to be illegal, we will need to prove that you suffered an adverse employment action … [Read more...]

Proposed NJ Employment Law Would Protect Unpaid Interns from Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation

New Jersey law protects employees from many forms of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. But it does not protect unpaid interns because the law finds that they are not employees due to the lack of a paycheck for their work. A bill sponsored by Senator Nia Gill, S-3064, would change that.  If the bill becomes law, it would provide interns with protection under the Law Against … [Read more...]

Jury Awards $280,000 for Black Manager’s Racial Slurs Toward Black Co-Worker| NJ Discrimination Laws

If a black manager uses the N-word in speaking with another black employee, does that create a hostile work environment?  Yes, according to a federal jury in New York. Jurors awarded Brandi Johnson $250,000 in compensatory damages and $30,000 in punitive damages after finding that her manager’s four-minute rant about proper work attire was hostile and discriminatory.  The manager, Rob Carmona, … [Read more...]

Wall Street Race Discrimination Lawsuit Settles for $160 Million

  A racial discrimination class action filed by 1,200 black stock brokers against Merrill Lynch is set to settle for $160 million.  If approved by the federal court in Chicago, the settlement would be one of the largest ever in a racial discrimination case. The class action alleged a pattern of discrimination that resulted in the plaintiffs earning less money than white men at the company.  The … [Read more...]

NJ “Borgata Babes” Can Be Fired for Gaining Weight, Says Judge | NJ Weight Discrimination Lawyers

Workplace discrimination due to weight is not illegal.  Last week, Superior Court Judge Nelson Johnson granted summary judgment for the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa and dismissed a weight discrimination case brought by 22 cocktail waitresses known as the “Borgata Babes.” The waitresses argued that the casino viewed them as sex objects who were forced to submit to weigh-ins and suspensions … [Read more...]

Catholic School Teacher Awarded $171,000 for Pregnancy Discrimination Due to Church Doctrine

A federal jury in Ohio ruled in favor of a teacher who said that the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati discriminated against her after becoming pregnant through artificial insemination.  The jury awarded her $171,000.  The Archdiocese argued that it was legally allowed to fire her for violating church doctrine against artificial insemination.  The teacher taught computers for the school; … [Read more...]

Federal Agency Wins $240 Million Verdict for Disability Discrimination | NJ Disability Discrimination

The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently won a $240 million award for disability discrimination against 32 employees with cognitive handicaps. An Iowa jury found that Hill Country Farms violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) through verbal abuse and physical harassment, housing them in a dilapidated building, dismissing their injury complaints and forcing … [Read more...]

Racial Nursing Discrimination | New Jersey Discrimination Lawyers

A nurse in a Detroit hospital sued for racial discrimination claiming the hospital honored the request of a man asking that African-American nurses be banned from caring for his newborn child.  The man wore a swastika tattoo on his arm in plain view of the nurse.  The hospital, Hurley Medical Center, quickly settled that lawsuit by neonatal nurse Tonya Battle. Ms. Battle's lawsuit accused hospital … [Read more...]

ExxonMobil’s Alcohol Use Policy Violates NJ Law Against Disability Discrimination

A long-term employee of ExxonMobil voluntarily disclosed that she suffered from alcoholism (a disability under New Jersey law) and was going to an inpatient rehabilitation program.  Her job performance was satisfactory at the time. When she returned from the medical treatment, ExxonMobil required her to agree to total abstinence and random alcohol testing for a minimum of two years as a condition … [Read more...]

Wal-Mart Sex Discrimination Class Action Renewed

Wal-Mart is again facing an 11-year-old sex discrimination class action brought by workers in San Francisco after the Supreme Court earlier prohibited a lawsuit representing female Wal-Mart employees nationwide. In response to the Supreme Court’s ruling, the women proposed a smaller class size. The reduced class “could be certified,” federal Judge Charles Breyer wrote, if it made a “showing … [Read more...]

Dunkin’ Donuts Accused of Racial Discrimination by Business Partners

  A New Jersey lawsuit alleges that Dunkin' Donuts discriminates against minority franchisees, particularly Indian women and black applicants. The case is Shetty v. Dunkin' Donuts Franchised Restaurants in Middlesex County.  The plaintiffs claim that Dunkin' Donuts engaged in illegal racial "steering," misinformation, and harassment. Of 6,990 Dunkin' Donuts franchises, less than 50 are … [Read more...]

Is Obesity A Disability Under the NJ Law Against Discrimination

We have received several inquiries from potential clients regarding whether they can file a lawsuit for being treated differently or discriminated against at work for being obese or overweight. Recently, the EEOC in Texas filed a lawsuit against the company for terminating an employee for being obese. The employee began working for the company weighing 450 pounds and gained 200 more pounds while … [Read more...]

Extending FMLA Leave Beyond 12 Weeks

Employers with more than 50 employees are required to provide employees who have worked for the company for at least 1 year with 12 weeks of Family Medical Leave.  What do you do in the event that your 12 weeks of leave has expired and you are still unable to return to work. This is where the Americans with Disabilities Act ("ADA") comes into play. You can ask the employer to extend your leave … [Read more...]

Race Discrimination At Work in NJ

It is considered race discrimination in New Jersey to treat an employee or applicant differently based on their race or color. Race discrimination can also include treating an employee or applicant differently based on them being married to someone of a certain race or color.  Race discrimination can occur when the victim and the discriminator are of the same race. New Jersey's law against … [Read more...]

New Jersey Age Discrimination Cases Increase in 2012 | NJ Labor Law

Our NJ labor law firm has seen an increase in individuals contacting us regarding potential age discrimination cases in New Jersey. As the amount of jobs continue to decrease and more job eliminations take place, older workers are finding it more difficult to find employment and have found that they are often times part of the reduction-in-force. Statistics show that a worker over the age of 55 … [Read more...]

Discrimination Against Gays | NJ Discrimination Lawyer

Shock Poll - 9 Out Of 10 Americans Wrongfully Believe Our Federal Government Prohibits Discrimination Against Gays A recent poll found that 9 out of 10 Americans believed that there was a federal law preventing employers from firing employees that they knew or believed were gay or who are transgender. However, this is not the case. A person who is gay or believed to be gay can be fired from their … [Read more...]

New Jersey Signs Bill Including Autism as a Protected Characteristic in the NJ Law Against Discrimination

Autistic adults and children will be protected from discrimination.  The bill amends New Jersey’s law against discrimination so that autism disorders are recognized causes of disabilities. “Autistic residents will now receive the same protections as other disabled citizens from discrimination in access to housing, employment and public accommodations such as theaters, stores and restaurants,” … [Read more...]

Appeals Court Upholds Equal Access to Justice in Whistleblower and Discrimination Cases

The Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution guarantees equal access to the courts regardless of the ability to pay. But a New Jersey appellate court ruled that a (very busy) trial judge violated that principle by making a fired school cook pay up to $450 per hour for a “discovery master” to handle her case. In Zehl v. City of Elizabeth Bd. of Ed. (May 31, 2012, App.Div.), the cook filed claims … [Read more...]

It Is Not Illegal For Your Employer To Bully You

Many people believe that it is illegal in New Jersey for a boss or supervisor to bully their subordinates. This is certainly unfair and should not be permitted by the company. However, New Jersey Employment Law does not protect employees from bullying and the hostile work environment that people experience as a result of the bullying. It is only illegal if you can demonstrate that the bullying was … [Read more...]