Age discrimination can be one of the more potent kinds of discrimination claims, and is certainly a present concern in light of the large portion of the working population nearing retirement age. New Jersey’s analog to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (“NJLAD”). New Jersey state courts have so broadly construed this legislation so as to make it a unique “cutting edge” statute to which other progressive states often look for guidance.
This course is a primer for new attorneys, or for out-of-state attorneys considering bringing an NJLAD age discrimination claim – or having to defend one. It will address issues such as determining the best causes of action to file under (and in conjunction with) the NJLDA, proof structures and defenses, the use of experts, a review of selected jury awards in New Jersey, and issues to consider when preparing for trial.
The presenter of the course, Jonathan Meyers, litigates employment discrimination claims in New Jersey and has taught Employment Law at Kean University.
Mr. Meyers has been practicing law since 2000. After working in the labor & employment department of one of the nation’s largest law firms, he became a principal of employment law boutique, Meyers Fried-Grodin, LLP.
Highlights of Mr. Meyers’ legal practice history include:
● Successfully representing cosmetics & fashion giant, Liz Claibore, Inc., before the United States Supreme Court, in an employment discrimination lawsuit. (Riddle v. Liz Claiborne, 129 S.Ct. 405, 172 L.Ed.2d 296 (2008));
● Obtaining, for a software company that serves Wall Street, an appellate victory that has become a landmark decision in New York, to which courts and attorneys now look for guidance in interpreting fundamental employment law and class action issues. (Shah v. Wilco Sys., Inc., 27 AD 3d 169 (1st Dept; 2005)); and
● Gaining uniquely valuable experience by defending a multitude of employment-based claims, in New York and New Jersey, for the largest private employer in the world, Wal-Mart.
In addition to being a skilled negotiator, Mr. Meyers has years of experience defending lawsuits, before courts and arbitrators, and of handling matters with government agencies such as the EEOC, OSHA, New York Division on Human Rights, New Jersey Division on Civil Rights, the United States Department of Labor, and various state departments of Labor. He uses this body of experience to cost-effectively help employers implement practices and policies aimed at avoiding: (i) lawsuits; (ii) entanglements with government agencies; (iii) unnecessary union disputes; and (iv) other legal and practical human resources problems.
Mr. Myers was exceptional in his substantive content.
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