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September 2013 Archives

Divorce and health insurance in the age of Obamacare

One major consequence of divorce for many New Jersey residents is the loss of health insurance. Health insurance should always be addressed during the divorce process so that each party to a divorce understands his or her rights and options. A university study that was conducted last year found that each year nearly 115,000 women

New Jersey judge orders Sesame Street actor to pay palimony

A controversial family law case involving a “Sesame Street” actor came to an end in New Jersey recently. A judge has ruled that the 71-year-old man must make support payments to his ex-girlfriend of 39 years, even though the couple never entered into a written agreement to that effect. The woman sued her ex for

Employer accused of discriminating against nurse with asthma

In New Jersey, the Smoke-Free Air Act of 2006 protects many workers from being subjected to smoke in the workplace. Second-hand smoke is a very serious health hazard and it is important that workers are protected from known and avoidable safety hazards at work. Many states, however, do not have such bans on smoking; but,

New Jersey Attorney Hanan M. Isaacs Set to Try Nationally Significant Employment Discrimination Case Against the Federal Aviation Administration: “It’s like déjà vu all over again.”

New Jersey attorney Hanan M. Isaacs is set to try a nationally significant “affirmative discrimination” case before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, sitting in Fort Worth, Texas. The case, Dennis Pratt v. Ray H. LaHood, Secretary, U.S. Department of Transportation, charges that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) repeatedly passed Mr. Pratt over for promotion because

Report: Collaborative divorce is on the rise

New Jersey divorcing couples assume that they will spend a lot of time in court, embroiled in expensive and time-consuming litigation. However, many couples actually do not need to take that route in order to dissolve their marriages. People are often able to resolve their disputes and achieve a divorce through mediation, arbitration, and collaborative

Jury says N-word is not allowed at work, no matter who says it

Many New Jersey residents have heard about the recent workplace discrimination case that put an oft-debated question before a federal jury: who, if anyone, may use the N-word? It is an issue that is sometimes discussed in the media, around the water cooler and at the bar. Different people, of different backgrounds, have long voiced

New Jersey corporation settles race discrimination lawsuit

A company headquartered in Morristown, New Jersey, has agreed to settle a race discrimination lawsuit, according to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The EEOC accused Schindler Elevator Corporation of discriminating against a black elevator mechanic. The man had been an employee of the company for 29 years when he was fired for reportedly having

Abercrombie & Fitch under fire for religious discrimination

Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, employers in New Jersey and throughout the country may not discriminate against employees or applicants on the basis or religious beliefs and practices, unless it is necessary to avoid putting a business under undue hardship. The clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch has argued that it

Appeals court: No child support after same-sex couple breaks up

Although same-sex marriage is not legal in New Jersey, many gay and lesbian couples do have relationships that are similar to marriage. And, of course, many of these couples raise children. Because such families are not recognized under state law, things become very complicated during break ups. When married couples divorce, New Jersey law governs

Alimony for egg freezing in New Jersey?

Under current New Jersey law, alimony is determined at the time of divorce, and it can either be negotiated by spouses and their lawyers or it can be ordered by a court of law. Whether alimony is handled in or out of court, the purpose of alimony is always to establish fairness between divorcing parties.

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