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September 2016 Archives

New Jersey's Discrimination Laws Apply to Most Businesses

wcc.jpgMany people assume that the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (LAD) only applies to employment and housing issues. But the anti-discrimination law also applies to all business that offer goods, services and facilities to the general public, legally known as a public accommodations. This includes restaurants, hotels, doctor's offices, camps, movie theatres and even professional offices like doctors' and lawyers' offices.

When It Comes To Discrimination, The Customer Isn't Right

servicee.jpgWhether it's true or not, people complain about their jobs. They can range from an overbearing boss to low pay. But if you're an employee subjected to intolerable behavior not from a boss but from a customer, then you may have legal recourse. In the recent case of Prager v. Joyce Honda, an employee lost a battle but made a point that in business, ,a customer "isn't always right."

Police Searches Have Limits in NJ

policee.jpgThe Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution and the New Jersey State Constitution protect citizens against unreasonable searches. They guarantee that people have the right to privacy in their persons, houses, papers, and effects. Homes are particularly protected spaces under these constitutional guarantees.

How Not to Deal With an Employee's Disability

disa.pngIn the recent case of Cook v. Gregory Press Inc., an employee claimed that he was wrongfully terminated due to his disability in violation of the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (LAD) and that his employer failed to provide a reasonable accommodation and engage in the "interactive process." It's a case that shows how reckless an employer can be in dealing with an employee with a disability.

You Can Be The Worst Kind of Hater - In Your Will

willll.jpgWhen it comes to making wills, people's worst instincts can come out. Children and others can be disinherited for unreasonable and sometimes malicious reasons. But New Jersey courts are not concerned about why someone wrote his or her will in a certain way, unless there is undue influence or fraud. Recently, a New Jersey Appeals Court upheld a will that disinherited a child based on discrimination.

Private Schools Must Follow The Rules

school.pngPrivate schools may not have to follow the same rules and procedures as public schools, but they still have to follow the rules that they themselves have put into place. If there were no standards that private schools had to maintain, they could arbitrarily treat and discipline students in any manner they chose. Recently, in B.S. v. Noor-Ul-Iman School, the parents of a student claimed that the school did just that to their child.