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The firm provides employment negotiations for employees of New Jersey businesses. Individuals who have recently been separated from employment, or who are looking to terminate their relationship with their employer need a seasoned attorney to help frame important legal issues and use the facts of the individual situation to try to negotiate enhanced severance terms. The firm also helps negotiate limits on post-employment restrictions such as non-compete agreements. Many employers require employees to sign non-compete agreements, either at the beginning of their employment, somewhere along the way, or as part of a separation agreement. New Jersey courts usually enforce non-compete agreements if they are reasonable in scope. However, each situation is unique. The firm can help you understand your non-compete agreement or other post-employment restrictions, and may be able to negotiate more favorable terms. Attorneys are also available to litigate claims for temporary restraining orders, injunctions, and damages. Most employers would prefer to resolve disputes amicably rather than end up in litigation, and the attorneys at Mason, Griffin & Pierson, P.C. are here to help get the best results through advocacy and negotiation. If you have been terminated from employment due to a Reduction in Force (RIF), or for any other reason, the firm may be able to help you negotiate enhanced severance. The attorneys can assist you if you feel you were selected for termination for an impermissible reason (such as your age or disability), or if you have other questions or concerns about your separation from employment,. The attorneys help many employees every year by advocating on their behalf with the goal of obtaining increased severance, additional bonus, extended company-paid health benefits, extra outplacement services, and other valuable benefits.
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.