Preventive Law for Employers

Harassment and Discrimination

Meow! Cat’s Paws Lead to Employer Liability

What does a cat’s paw have to do with employment law? Over the past 20 years, a variety of lower federal courts had held employers liable for illegal discrimination based on the discriminatory animus of an employee who influenced, but did not make, the ultimate employment decision. This theory, dubbed […]

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US Supreme Court: Friends and Family Now in the No-Retaliation Zone

On January 24, 2011, a unanimous United States Supreme Court ruled that a man who was fired after his fiancée had filed a sex discrimination case against their mutual employer could sue the employer for illegal retaliation. Eric Thompson and his fiancée (now wife), Miriam Regalado, both worked for North […]

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Word to the Wise

From the always-informative Michael Maslanka’s Work Matters blog:  Here is a question plaintiffs’ lawyers like to ask in harassment cases: “Who at the company is responsible for enforcing the company’s anti-harassment policy?” It is really a question about a company’s culture and commitment to policing unlawful behavior. Typical answer: human […]

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ADA and Ergonomics–Part 3 of 4

In the first two parts of this series, we looked at the ADA’s mandate for reasonable accommodations, and reviewed a reasonable accommodation case study where ergonomics played a leading role. In the next two parts, we will look at some recent court decisions involving ergonomics and reasonable accommodations. According to […]

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Ergonomics and Reasonable Accommodations Under the ADA–Part 2

In the first part of this series, we reviewed the ADA’s mandate for reasonable accommodations, and why those accommodations are even more important under the ADA’s 2009 amendments. Many medical disabilities for which an employee may request reasonable accommodation have ergonomic aspects. In this part, we will look at a […]

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Who is Ann Kiernan?

Ann Kiernan is an employment lawyer who has been practicing law in New Jersey for more than 30 years. She represents only employers and management and regularly provides management training companies big and small. Employment law is constantly changing, and Ann is familiar how these changes affect employers. To keep up-to-date and learn what issues are currently affecting businesses and employers in New Jersey, read the blog.

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Ann may be reached via telephone at 732-846-3201 and email.

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