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Employment Law

Here at Stutzke Law, we understand the emotional attachments attendant to occupations.  Whether you are a corporate executive or a union bricklayer, your job is so much more than a title or the means to a paycheck. Rather, it is your energy, your time away from your family, friends and pets, and your lifeblood.

            Given this, the experience of workplace discrimination can be a devastating blow, forcing you to call into question not only the continued viability of your position, but your entire sense of self-worth.  Unfortunately, the group dynamics of the workplace leave a victim feeling ostracized and alone, even by the very same human resources personnel whose job it is to investigate and assist claims of unethical and unlawful practices.

While many claims of workplace wrongdoing are made in good faith, some unfortunately are not. As a small business entity, we understand the damage that a frivolous harassment or discrimination claim against your business can cause.  Your business’s reputation and viability are too precious to be jeopardized by a vengeful or opportunistic employee looking for a payday at your expense. 

We are here to assist you during this difficult time. We fight aggressively to protect the rights of both public and private employees, as well as small business owners.  Our services range from acting as “watchdog” for active employees, assisting businesses in drafting employment agreements and maintaining compliance to the laws, negotiating severance packages for employees unjustly terminated, litigating adverse employment actions, and defending and prosecuting unemployment insurance appeals.  

We are engaged in the practice of all aspects of employment law, including but not limited to cases arising under the following federal statutes:

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII)
The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA)
The Employees’ Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA)
The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

We also routinely handle civil rights actions arising under New Jersey’s anti-discrimination laws, which laws afford generally greater protection than the federal statutes, reflecting New Jersey’s longstanding commitment to workplace equality. These statutes include the following:

The New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (LAD)
New Jersey Conscientious Employee Protection Act (CEPA)
The New Jersey Family Leave Act (NJFLA)

In addition to the foregoing, we litigate several state common law causes of action sounding in tort that frequently arise in employment disputes. These theories include employee handbooks as contractual and binding promises, express and implied promises for lifetime employment, termination in violation of public policy (i.e. whistle blowing) defamation, slander, negligent and fraudulent misrepresentation, invasion of privacy, and false light.

We likewise handle administrative claims for unfair labor practices and breaches of the duty of fair representation by a union in violation of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) and the New Jersey Public Employment Relations Commission (PERC).  We also have an extensive understanding the New Jersey Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), and have successfully defended disciplinary actions on behalf of public employees. 

The attorneys at Stutzke Law have appeared before Judges of the Superior Courts of New Jersey, the federal Equal Opportunity Employment Commission, the New Jersey Civil Rights Commission, the New Jersey Wage & Hour Board, and other administrative bodies.

            Please give us a call to discuss your matter today.

Telephone: 732-952-2903
Fax: 732-952-2905
Address: 515 Washington Road
Suite 2, Parlin, NJ 08859

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