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After spending decades building your career and amassing positive performance reviews, you are suddenly passed over for a promotion or laid off in favor of someone younger and less experienced. Or perhaps you interviewed for a job which you did not receive even though you were the most qualified candidate. While there could be a reasonable explanation for your employer or potential employer’s decision, you could in fact be a victim of age discrimination.
The Mercer County lawyers at Mason, Griffin & Pierson, P.C. in Princeton can help. The firm’s age discrimination attorneys are dedicated to protecting the rights of workers throughout New Jersey. We understand the professional and personal toll employment discrimination can have on you — and the financial, mental and emotional consequences involved. We are committed to obtaining the best possible results in your case through experience, thorough preparation and individual attention.
Age discrimination in the workplace
Age discrimination refers to an employer or entity making decisions involving the following based on age:
Compensation and benefits
Promotions and demotions
Terms of employment
In New Jersey, employees who are at least 18 years of age are protected by age discrimination laws, defined by the federal government as the act of treating a job applicant or employee less favorably because of his or her age. Under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), individuals age 40 and older are protected from discrimination in the workplace.
Have you ever experienced discrimination in the workplace? Do you know your rights as an employee? This class will explore topics including: sexual harassment; discrimination on the basis of age, race, disability, or other protection classifications; medical marijuana in the workplace; whistle-blower claims; NJ’s newly enacted Wage Theft Act; the difference between the Federal and State family leave acts; and other laws that protect employees. We will discuss hypothetical employment claims based on real life employment experiences. Update: This course will also cover new employee protections available due to COVID-19.
The instructor for this course is Mason, Griffin & Pierson attorney, Elizabeth Zuckerman, Esq., who has been practicing employment law in Princeton for 30 years.
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In a recent decision (Justin Wild v. Carriage Funeral Holdings, Inc.), the New Jersey Supreme Court determined that an employee who is fired for using medical marijuana outside the workplace may bring a claim for disability discrimination under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination. Mason, Griffin & Pierson Attorney, Elizabeth Zuckerman, who argued the cause for Amicus Curiae National Employment Lawyers Association of New Jersey, stated the "decision is a win for employees who test positive for marijuana due to their lawful use of medical marijuana outside the workplace."
Jeanne-Marie Scollo has become an Associate with Mason, Griffin & Pierson, P.C. She earned her J.D from Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center. She is a member of the firm's Local Government Law and Litigation Practice Groups. Ms. Scollo brings over nine years of previous legal experience to the firm. She served as Deputy County Counsel for Middlesex County from 2014 to 2019 and was previously a solo practitioner in New Brunswick. Ms. Scollo is admitted in New Jersey and New York and is a member of the New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys, Mercer County, Middlesex County, and New Jersey State Bar Associations.