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What are the Rights of Whistleblowers in New Jersey?

New Jersey has some of the strongest statutes in the nation to protect whistleblowers. A whistleblower is someone who reports a person or organization that they believe is engaged in wrongdoing, illegal activities, or corruption. Quite often, the whistleblower is an employee, but they can also be someone who does business with or hears something […]

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Can I be Fired for Failing a Drug Test Because of Medical Marijuana?

In New Jersey, an employee cannot be fired for failing a drug test because of medical marijuana. This decision comes from a recent court ruling on the ongoing debate over medical marijuana and consequences involved in using the substance. The ruling states that as long as employees are not under the influence while at work, […]

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Is Gender Equality an Unexpected COVID-19 Dividend?

The current global pandemic has changed businesses in multiple ways, including social distancing, face masks, and sanitation protocols. Unexpectedly, the Coronavirus (COVID-19) has also impacted the way society views gender in the workplace. The following are ways gender equality has improved during the pandemic. Blurred Gender Roles Historically, gender stereotypes portrayed women as less inclined […]

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African American Workers Experienced Racism at Berkley Workplace

Race discrimination in the workplace continues to be a source of unrest in the United States. One incident in Berkley, New Jersey highlights the inequality and systemic racism that persists in the workforce. At a cement company, an African American employee claims that he or she was fired after photographing a noose hanging from a […]

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Can I Get Fired Because of My PTSD?

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and many other mental conditions are serious and can seriously affect the lives of victims. In the workplace, someone who suffers from a mental illness is legally protected against discrimination in the workplace and harassment, as well as privacy rights. Employees may also have legal rights to accommodations to help […]

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Why are Retail Workers Vulnerable to Sexual Harassment?

It seems as though no industry is immune from the scourge of sexual harassment. Employees in all industries can be mistreated, abused, and harassed. One sector that may not have received as much media attention regarding sexual harassment is the retail arena. News reports in recent years have focused on sexual harassment in the fields […]

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What Can I Do if I am Wrongfully Terminated Because of My Disability?

Discrimination in the workplace comes in many different forms and can be based on someone’s race, national origin, color, sex, religion, age, and disability. There are other populations that are targets of workplace discrimination as well. Disability discrimination is when a worker is treated differently due to his or her disability, a perceived disability, or […]

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ALS Awareness in the Workplace

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a neurodegenerative disease that attacks nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. ALS is characterized by rapidly progressive weakness due to muscle atrophy and muscle spasticity, difficulty in speaking, swallowing, and breathing. This disease does not have just one specific cause, but various reasons for […]

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Will Employee Discrimination Increase When Business Resumes?

Across the country, businesses are slowly starting to reopen as some of the COVID-related restrictions are being lifted. This is good news for employers and employees who have experienced first-hand how devastating the pandemic has been on the economy. Ideally, when companies are given the green light to reopen, employers will be able to rehire […]

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Proposed Amendments to the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination

The New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (NJLAD) is poised for an update thanks to amendments proposed by the state governor. If enacted, the amendments will help companies and employees better tighten loopholes and gaps in the prevention, reporting, and disciplinary measures for employment discrimination. Some victims who experience discrimination may be confused about how to […]

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