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Employer’s Handbook Disclaimer Renders Agreement To Arbitrate Unenforceable, New Jersey District Court Holds

Employee handbooks typically contain an overview of company history, a set of employment policies and general guidance, and a clear and prominent disclaimer that nothing in the handbook creates a contract of employment...more

3/28/2014 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements Employee Handbooks Void and Unenforceable

Removal From Key Account And Placement On Performance Improvement Plan Not “Adverse Employment Actions,” New Jersey District Court...

In order to state a retaliation claim under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), a plaintiff must establish that his employer took an adverse employment action against him that was causally related to his FMLA...more

3/28/2014 - Adverse Employment Action Employer Liability Issues FMLA

Indefinite Leave Is Not A Reasonable Accommodation, District Of New Jersey Holds

In Bourhill v. Nextel of New York, Inc., 2013 WL 1680140 (D.N.J. Apr. 17, 2013), an employee with a back condition was granted several consecutive leaves of absences (spanning eight months of leave), followed by an open-ended...more

9/24/2013 - Disability Indefiniteness Reasonable Accommodation Unpaid Leave

New Jersey Appellate Division Holds Aider And Abettor Liability Can Be Imposed On A Supervisor For His Or Her Own Affirmative...

In Rowan v. Hartford Plaza Ltd., 2013 WL 1350095 (N.J. App. Div. Apr. 5, 2013) (unpub.), the New Jersey Appellate Division held—in an unpublished opinion—that individual supervisors are subject to “aiding and abetting”...more

9/23/2013 - Aiding and Abetting Discrimination Statutory Interpretation Supervisors

Non-Probationary Employee Not Proper Comparator For Probationary Employee, Third Circuit Holds

In Mercado v. Donahoe, No. 11-2972, 2012 U.S. App. LEXIS 13226, (3rd Cir. June 26, 2012), the plaintiff, a probationary part-time employee, sued his employer alleging that he had been discriminated against on the basis of his...more

8/16/2012 - Discrimination Probationary Period Racial Discrimination Sex Discrimination Substantially Similar

Conditional Certification Of FLSA Misclassification Claim Denied By New Jersey District Court To Putative Class Of Assistant Store...

In Harriel v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., No. 11-2510 (MLC), 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 97527, (D.N.J. July 13, 2012), the District Court of New Jersey denied the plaintiff’s motion for conditional certification as an FLSA collective...more

8/16/2012 - Class Action Class Certification FLSA Misclassification Non-Exempt Employees Wal-Mart

Unreviewed NJDOL Determination Not Binding In Subsequent Lawsuit, New Jersey District Court Rules

In Kiernan v. AAA Mechanical, Inc., No. 10-4421 (MLC), 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 90655, (D.N.J. June 29, 2012), the plaintiff sued her employer for overtime compensation under the New Jersey Wage and Hour Law shortly after the...more

8/16/2012 - Unpaid Overtime Wage and Hour Wages

FMLA Does Not Prohibit Termination Of Employee Who Abuses Leave Or Engages In Misconduct During Leave, Third Circuit Holds

In Warwas v. City of Plainfield, No. 11-1736, 2012 U.S. App. LEXIS 15324, (3rd Cir. July 25, 2012), an employee terminated while on FMLA leave sued for interference with her FMLA rights. The employer asserted it terminated...more

8/16/2012 - FMLA FMLA Abuse Hiring & Firing Termination

Employer Not Required To Accommodate Bus Driver’s No Sunday Work Request, Third Circuit Holds

In Fouche v. New Jersey Transit, No. 11-3031, 2012 U.S. App. LEXIS 14524, (3rd Cir. July 16, 2012), a bus driver sued his employer under Title VII and the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination for refusing to accommodate his...more

8/16/2012 - Discrimination Reasonable Accommodation Religious Discrimination Title VII Undue Hardship

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