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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for New Jersey on
Q: Fired due to coworker false accusations I wasn't allowed to have a meeting with coworker and boss to clear fabrications

My employer wrote me up then fired me due to coworker making up complete lies to cover up her lack of working.i I finally askedmy director can we all speak together so Ivan hear it directly to me not about me hearsay she said no I don't like confrontations. I stated thati should be allowed to... Read more »

Paula M. Dillon
Paula M. Dillon answered on May 5, 2022

Your employer does not necessarily have to hear your version. Are you a union member? If so, you can file a grievance. Have you experienced discrimination or complained of discrimination/illegal activity in the workplace? Could this be the real reason for the termination?

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Employment Discrimination for New Jersey on
Q: Do I have a case for wrongful termination if there was no investigation done? Also have concerns with discrimination

along with harrasment from a Supervisor. I had a clean record up until last month which resulted in HR intervene. Requested to move to another shift to which the manager would not approve as I was labeled "a problem not moving" HR had me sit in a meeting with the manager and supervisor... Read more »

Paula M. Dillon
Paula M. Dillon answered on Apr 25, 2022

i would need to know more information.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for New Jersey on
Q: when you are hired by a recruiter for a larger firm (at&t) if employment law is broken who is legally liable?

hired by a recruiter , denied employment for failed drug test, the drug is legal in my state (recreation and medicinal) my state protects people against denial of employment on the grounds of discrimination. im trying to find out who can i sue. the recruiter or the firm who the recruiter is hiring... Read more »

Paula M. Dillon
Paula M. Dillon answered on Apr 24, 2022

it could be both.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for New Jersey on
Q: I didn’t receive full payment for a contract job. How do I collect payment?

Half payment was given to start production. Final payment was supposed to be sent out at the end of production. Point of contact has not responded me in a week.

Leonard R. Boyer
Leonard R. Boyer answered on Apr 6, 2022

More specific information and the details of the contract are required for a meaningful answer.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for New Jersey on
Q: Is it religious discrimination if employer gives raise to all vaccinated employees but not those w religious exemption?

I’m still able and required to fulfill the same job duties as my co workers but I’m being singled out from a significant raise due my religious exemption vs vaccination.

Debra Kradjian Stephans
Debra Kradjian Stephans answered on Mar 30, 2022

It could be. How large is this employer? How many employees are there in total that received raises? Were your co-workers employees longer than you were with this company? Do they have the same type of job as you do? The employer must be able to articulate the reasons why you were not treated... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for New Jersey on
Q: I'm a 58 year old legal U.S. citizen that has been employed year round at the same warehouse job for 10 years.

My boss requires me to punch in 1 hour AFTER I have started work (start at 6:30am, punch in at 7:30am). This has been going on for 6 years. Is this legal? I have lost a large amount of PTO by doing this.

Paula M. Dillon
Paula M. Dillon answered on Mar 8, 2022

You should be paid for all hours worked. If you are required to begin work at 6:30 am, you should be paid for that time.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for New Jersey on
Q: Am I obligated to perform work for an ex-employer that they say I left unfinished?

I left my previous employer about a month ago, amid extreme frustration with the 55-hour workload we were expected to shoehorn into 40 hours and work culture that gave zero useful feedback. Still, before I left, I did my best to make sure I was leaving no loose ends for my co-workers. It was a... Read more »

Paula M. Dillon
Paula M. Dillon answered on Feb 14, 2022

You are not obligated to do anything further based on the information you have provided. If they want to pay you to complete something, and you want to do it, then that is fine. Otherwise, they can't force you to work without compensating you.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for New Jersey on
Q: i need a NJ W2 with full SSN (my copy is truncated). Will my employer give me one of the 4 for use if I return it?

I applied for my replacement SSN card (previously lost) and it should arrive in 14 days, but I need proof of SSN to get a new ID (also lost previously when I lost my wallet), and I need it ASAP for new job I was just offered. NJ DMV would not let me use older W2s which used to have my full SSN and... Read more »

Rhiannon Herbert
Rhiannon Herbert answered on Jan 26, 2022

If you worked for the employer you're seeking the W2 for at any point in 2021, then they are required to provide you with a W2 for the 2021 tax year by January 31, 2022. If you have not yet received it, you may receive it in the mail in the next few days. Regardless, you can reach out to your... Read more »

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,?

Lisa I. Fried-Grodin
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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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 »

Paula M. Dillon
Paula M. Dillon answered on Dec 27, 2021

You can call the State of NJ or the Board of Health of the town where you are working. You can tell them it violates the CDC regulations. If they take some action against you, you should consult with a lawyer

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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for New Jersey on
Q: Hello! I work for 5 hours a day as a minor in New Jersey, am I allowed to have a break?
Paula M. Dillon
Paula M. Dillon answered on Dec 16, 2021

Minors under 18 years old must get a 30-minute meal break after 5 consecutive hours of work.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for New Jersey on
Q: Being mandated to get Covid vaccine due to CMS mandate. Must I provide clergy info for religious exemption?

LPN at Subacute/LTC in Gloucester County New Jersey.

Paula M. Dillon
Paula M. Dillon answered on Nov 19, 2021

If you are being asked for that information, you do have to provide it. They are allowed to verify what you are telling them.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for New Jersey on
Q: Can my employer require me to work on weekend for inventory count if our work week is Mon-Fri?

Our company handbook states our work week is Mon-Friday and weekends off. We are doing our yearly inventory count and my boss is telling us its required we be here for it and its Saturday and Sunday. So basically we'd all be working 12 days straight no days off is this legal?

Paula M. Dillon
Paula M. Dillon answered on Nov 5, 2021

Yes they can require you to come in. If you work over 40 hours that week, they would be required to pay you time and a half for all hours worked over 40 in that week.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and International Law for New Jersey on
Q: How many times can I work for a week? Because I am an international student.
Linda Liang
Linda Liang answered on Nov 1, 2021

You may work on campus for 20 hours if the job is qualified to be offered to international students. You may work off-campus after you receive EAD.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Employment Law, Business Law and Municipal Law for New Jersey on
Q: If a police department hires me and pays for me to attend the police academy (equipment/uniforms/salary included),

and part of that agreement is to sign a contract the day before graduating that says either you stay for 2-years or are responsible for paying back all the training costs (equipment/gear/uniforms/salary). If l quit that department to leave to work at another agency that is also PTC, the new agency... Read more »

Morris Leo Greb
Morris Leo Greb answered on Oct 24, 2021

Speak to a employment law attorney with experience in this very narrow area of the law.

3 Answers | Asked in Employment Law for New Jersey on
Q: I am appealing my NJ unemployment case and would like to know if it is wise to get a lawyer? need free council

I am unemployed and receive NJ snap benefits. I am negative in my bank account and I can not afford council. is there help for me?

Paula M. Dillon
Paula M. Dillon answered on Sep 15, 2021

you can reach out to legal services. Otherwise, most lawyers will charge a fee. You are not required to have a lawyer although it may be helpful.

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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for New Jersey on
Q: In the state of NJ if you're hired to do a 40-hr per wk job,

& they insist you punch out after 8 hrs per day, is this llllegal. No OT IS BEING PAID

Paula M. Dillon
Paula M. Dillon answered on Sep 13, 2021

Without more information, this is not illegal.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for New Jersey on
Q: Is an employer able to contest a fired employee's unemployment if they offered a severance package at dismissal?

The severance was never paid after the papers were signed and delivered. This was 10 months ago. Now unemployment sent a letter that the boss is refusing and listing different reason for the dismissal. Letter was received Friday and the appeal is letter is due on Monday. Should I include all this... Read more »

Paula M. Dillon
Paula M. Dillon answered on Sep 12, 2021

Your boss is probably providing as a reason for separation that there was poor performance or "misconduct". You should definitely file the appeal and provide your evidence. If you would like to discuss further, please contact me at 201-488-2600.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for New Jersey on
Q: Can a job put you on unpaid leave for thirty days then after that thirty days say you quit?

I work as a contractor for Johnson n Johnson for company names Eurest! J&j recently mandated the vaccination and I do have two health problems I feel is a risk for it but my Dr denied me a medical excemption due to not looking good on their practice basically so the manager said he would help... Read more »

Paula M. Dillon
Paula M. Dillon answered on Sep 8, 2021

Yes. It would be viewed as a voluntary quit. Companies can mandate vaccines unless you have a medical or religious exemption.

2 Answers | Asked in Employment Law for New Jersey on
Q: My employer of 13 years had just eliminated my position and gave me a notice of few days 15 or so days Is that legal ???

I read somewhere he had to give me 60 days , could that make legal ground to sue

Rhiannon Herbert
Rhiannon Herbert answered on Sep 7, 2021

Unless you have an employment contract that states otherwise, New Jersey is an at-will employment state, meaning you or your employer can terminate the employment relationship at any time for any reason or no reason, and no notice is required.

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