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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for New York on
Q: Can a person be discriminated because of their religion at their place of employment.
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Lisa I. Fried-Grodin answered on Feb 4, 2022

It is unlawful to discriminate against an employee based on their religion under both federal, NY and NJ discrimination law. You should consult with an employment attorney to discuss your matter further and get advice on how to address this.

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Q: Can a sick note that my doctor wrote on his prescription pad with all his information on it be rejected by my employer?

I recently got over a relatively bad case of covid and provided my employer with a doctors note. My doctor wrote it out on his prescription pad and gave it to me to submit. I was told today that “payroll” won’t accept a doctors note written on a prescription pad, meanwhile his prescription... Read more »

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Lisa I. Fried-Grodin answered on Jan 18, 2022

If the note wasn't signed, that could be why the employer is questioning it. If that is not the case or your employer takes some adverse action due to you being out sick with Covid, you should talk with an employment lawyer.

2 Answers | Asked in Employment Law and Business Law for New York on
Q: I have a small cleaning business in NY and I want to send people out to clean.

At this point, I don't have a large clientele, so I would like to take on people as I get the jobs, like gigs. It seems like the best way to go would be to take them on as independent contractors instead of employees until I have more steady work for them. How would I go about this and what... Read more »

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Lisa I. Fried-Grodin answered on Jan 17, 2022

When individuals are hired to perform the main services a business provides, they should be classified as employees regardless of hours worked. Business that hire individuals as independent contractors and later change their classification to employees automatically create a red flag for the... Read more »

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3 Answers | Asked in Employment Law for New Jersey on
Q: My employer is requiring everyone gets vaccinated against COVID but I recently heard SCOTUS denied President Biden's

Vaccine mandate. Based on this, can my employer still require my vaccination or weekly testing,?

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Lisa I. Fried-Grodin answered on Jan 16, 2022

Yes. Employers in NJ are allowed to require employees to get vaccinated as a condition of employment regardless of how the Supreme Court ruled in the OSHA case. They are required to make exceptions for those who can't get vaccinated for medical or religious reasons. Many health care employers... Read more »

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3 Answers | Asked in Civil Rights, Contracts and Employment Law for New York on
Q: Settled a breach of employment contract. no payment till after I dismiss. Should i trust that? Shouldn’t i be paid firs?

I was due a 10k sign on bonus after a year of working with this company. They agreed to pay it but never did so I quit, they then used that as a excuse to not pay me. Now we’ve settled the lawsuit out of court & they want me to dismiss first then they would pay me. Shouldn’t I get paid... Read more »

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Lisa I. Fried-Grodin answered on Jan 17, 2022

I don't ever file a dismissal of an employment law claim brought by my client before the settlement is paid. The settlement agreement should have language discussing a procedure for you agreeing to withdraw within a certain amount of time after getting paid. If you did not have a lawyer when... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Employment Law for New Jersey on
Q: People in my close family has tested positive for Covid, I want to get tested for work but they are telling me to come

I am trying to get tested but everywhere is full, when I told my job I’m not comfortable with coming in until I get tested they told me it’s fine and to just wear a mask. He even implied that regardless if I’m positive or not I can come it. My manager is also working even after testing... Read more »

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Lisa I. Fried-Grodin answered on Jan 16, 2022

I would advise you to talk to a NJ employment lawyer to advise you on the situation.

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Q: I work in HR, and I have an employee who is on intermittent FMLA. They mentioned quitting, what else should we do?

The EE received their rights and responsibilities under FMLA. However, this EE likes to "play chess" in a sense that they may potentially come after us even though they voluntarily resigned and we have followed the law and rules to a T. We informed them of what their leave is allowed... Read more »

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Lisa I. Fried-Grodin answered on Sep 27, 2021

More facts are needed for an attorney to suggest the right course of action. I suggest you retain one.

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2 Answers | Asked in Contracts and Employment Law for New York on
Q: Hello , my employer refuse to pay me over 10000$ in commission

I provided every proof that i wasnt paid for certain jobs , dozens of emails and promises , lately i have been harassed with iron strong evidence that is directly correlated to the fact i asked for my money , is it wise to persue a lawsuit or big employers always win in such cases and it takes... Read more »

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Lisa I. Fried-Grodin answered on Sep 27, 2021

Hire an employment law attorney for a consultation to guide you on the best course of action.

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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for New Jersey on
Q: Is New Jersey an “at will” state? Does an employer have any right to mandate the experimental Covid shot?
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Lisa I. Fried-Grodin answered on May 20, 2021

New Jersey is an at-will state, but that does not apply to employees who have a contract with the employer, and it does not permit employers to terminate employees for unlawful reasons, such as retaliation or discrimination. Employers have the right to mandate that employees get the COVID-19... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Sexual Harassment for New York on
Q: Can I sue a client company for false accusations? I asked for my contract to be terminated in September 2020.

I worked for a client company through a temp agency. I attempted to report a coworker for sexual harassment and the client company director lied and told HR that I was having a sexual relationship with the man to protect him. I denied the accusations and have gotten bullied by other coworkers... Read more »

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Lisa I. Fried-Grodin answered on Feb 23, 2021

Under state and federal law, employers have an obligation to investigate sexual harassment and take steps to prevent it and to prevent retaliation against those who make complaints. You should contact an employment lawyer to review all the facts and legal issues associated with your situation to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for New Jersey on
Q: Is my job supposed to not pay my bonus at all or should they be prorating it until my return?

I am going out on maternity leave in mid-November and my company pays a bonus in December. They are stating because I won’t be an active employee I won’t receive the bonus at all. Yet others who went out on leave throughout the year and returned will get this bonus. Does this sound... Read more »

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Lisa I. Fried-Grodin answered on Oct 30, 2020

Paying employees who are on a maternity leave less favorably or differently than employees who are not on such a leave can potentially support a claim for discrimination, retaliation and violation of wage and hour law. You should hire an employment lawyer for advice on your rights and the best... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for New Jersey on
Q: NewJersey- offer letter fr employment states that 2 months notice is needed or I have to pay 2 mnths salary - legal?

located in NJ : Offer letter from employer states - must give 2 months notice , if not , you will have to pay 2 months salary .Is this legal ? the reason I ask is - I heard NJ is at will employment

Lisa I. Fried-Grodin
Lisa I. Fried-Grodin answered on Oct 19, 2020

In New Jersey employment is at will unless there is a contract between the employee and the employer. You should consult an employment attorney to advise you on your employment documents. This answer does not constitute legal advice and is for information only.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for New Jersey on
Q: Can an employer in NJ force an office worker back into the office one day a week under EO 107?

Under EO 107, paragraphs 10 and 11 offices must provide telework options for employees where practicable.

With this EO in place today, October 15 2020, can an employer tell an employee who was working remotely that they must come into the office for one day per week, working remotely the... Read more »

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Lisa I. Fried-Grodin answered on Oct 19, 2020

If an employee has a need to work from home for a medical reason (COVID-19 or otherwise) including pregnancy, to quarantine, to take care of a sick family member or to care for a child who has to participate in school at home, the employee could have rights to request a full work from home... Read more »

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