Do I Have an Employment Law Case?

The State of New Jersey is very strict when it comes to employment law. The complexity of this law can stop an employee from pursuing compensation as the result of discrimination, harassment and bullying in the workplace. Having a clear understanding of what your rights are will help you determine if you have been subject to any illegal activity in the workplace.

It is important to know that any discrimination, harassment and bullying in the workplace is illegal under New Jersey State law. If you have been unfairly treated due to race, sexual orientation, religion, any disabilities, your age, gender or simply for being different you may be a victim of workplace misconduct. Also, it is important to note that physical harm does not have to take place in order for illegal conduct to be present. Furthermore, If you feel like you have been wrongfully terminated, not receiving equal pay or subject to a hostile work environment you may be a victim of employment misconduct. The severity of an employment law case depends on a few different factors.

How long has the conduct been going on?

Has this misconduct been a constant experience for a employee and has it been going on for an extended period of time? While one instance of misconduct or discrimination is taken very seriously and should never happen at all, continuous harassment, bullying or discrimination will help prove workplace misconduct in a court of law.

Who is the responsible party?

Was the responsible party a fellow colleague, manager, supervisor, executive or owner at your firm? All instances are still very serious and should be reported to your Human Resources Department immediately. If the appropriate parties refuse to resolve the situation or do nothing about any misconduct, more liability and responsibility would be on the entire company. Anyone that turns a blind eye or sweeps any misconduct under the rug is just as responsible as the guilty party. In addition, if there is any form of retaliation or discrimination due to reporting misconduct is illegal under New Jersey state law.

Contact one of our Mercer County, New Jersey  employment lawyers today to learn more.

The attorneys at Kamensky, Cohen & Riechelson have been representing victims of workplace misconduct for over 40 years. They have successfully represented their clients, awarding thousands in punitive damages. Contact us today to learn more and receive a risk-free consultation.

Man Gets 15 Years for Aggravated Manslaughter in Trenton, NJ

A Burlington NJ man was recently sentenced to serve 15 years in New Jersey State Prison for killing a man.

The 22-year-old defendant shot the 20-year-old victim to death in 2011. The incident took place in Trenton, New Jersey.

Police said that the defendant shot the victim while the victim sat in a car near the intersection of Hart Avenue and Hurley Street in Trenton. After the shooting, the victim was taken to nearby Capital Health Regional Medical Center; he was pronounced dead a short time later.

The homicide reportedly stemmed from an argument between the defendant and the victim. According to authorities, the argument occurred one day before the shooting.

The defendant was arrested and charged with murder. He later pleaded guilty to aggravated manslaughter charges.

During the sentencing hearing, the defendant apologized to the victim’s family. Several members of the victim’s family were present in the courtroom when the defendant told them that he understands the pain they are going through.

Part of the plea deal also calls for the defendant to receive mental health treatment while he is incarcerated. The defendant has reportedly been diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic. The judge acknowledged the defendant’s mental state during sentencing; he observed that the defendant stopped taking much-needed medication sometime after childhood.

Remarkably, while the victim was awaiting trial, he reportedly assaulted a fellow inmate at the Mercer County Jail. As a result, the defendant has also been sentenced to 5 years in prison for aggravated assault. However, the sentence will run concurrently with his 15-year sentence for the aggravated manslaughter conviction.

For additional information about this case, read the NJ.com article entitled “Burlington Man Gets 15 Years in Prison for 2011 Trenton Slaying.”

Charges Filed in Princeton NJ School Bus Crash

The driver of a vehicle involved in a serious school bus crash in Princeton NJ has been charged with multiple traffic violations.

According to authorities, the 26-year-old Morris Plains resident was driving a 2011 BMW 328i north on Route 26 when he rounded a curve and struck a school bus.

Police believe that the driver crossed a double-yellow line while rounding a curve on the highway just past Hutchinson Drive. The driver reportedly lost control of the vehicle and struck the left front bumper of the bus, which was traveling south on Route 26. The bus was reportedly heading to Ewing, New Jersey.

Authorities said that the collision caused the bus to flip on its side. Meanwhile, the BMW spun out of control before coming to a stop.

Four people were injured in the accident: the driver of the BMW and three people who were on the bus. One of the people injured was a 16-year-old student at Rock Brook School. Everyone who suffered injuries was taken to Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton, where they received medical treatment. Thankfully, no one suffered life-threatening injuries.

Princeton police and the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office conducted a thorough investigation to determine the cause of the crash. It was eventually decided that the driver of the BMW should be charged with careless driving and failure to keep right.

At this time, police still do not know if excessive speeding played a factor in the accident.

For more information, access the NJ.com article entitled “Charges Filed in School Bus Crash in Princeton.”

Authorities Investigating House Fire in Hopewell Township, NJ

Hopewell Township authorities are investigating a fire at an unoccupied house.

Hopewell NJ police received a report of a structure fire at a house on Elm Ridge Road. Hopewell police officers and Pennington firefighters then responded to the scene.

When police and firefighters got to the house, they found flames in the kitchen and the living room. The firefighters worked quickly to extinguish the flames.

Several firefighting units assisted with the effort to put out the fire. The other units included crews from Pennington Fire Company, Hopewell Fire Department, Lawrenceville Fire Company, Union Fire Company, and Lawrence Road Fire Company.

The Pennington First Aid Squad also went to the scene to assist in the event of any injuries. Thankfully, there were no reports of injuries to any of the firefighters. However, police did reveal that the house sustained significant damage due to the fire.

Authorities from several departments are actively investigating the incident to determine whether arson was involved in the fire. Among the investigating agencies are the Hopewell Township Police Department, Hopewell Valley Emergency Services, the Mercer County Fire Marshal’s Office, and the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office.

For additional information, check out the NJ.com article entitled “Authorities Investigating Unoccupied House Fire in Hopewell Township.”

Princeton Woman Injured in Single-Vehicle Car Accident

Police in Princeton NJ are investigating a traffic accident that resulted in a local woman being hospitalized.

According to authorities, the 56-year-old victim was driving her 1997 Ford Expedition on Mercer Street near Hale Drive when she lost control of the vehicle and skidded off the road.

The SUV ultimately came to a stop when it struck a large, uprooted tree on the side of the road.

Sometime later, emergency responders arrived at the scene and found that the woman was trapped inside the vehicle. The emergency responders eventually removed the woman from the SUV.

Police said that the driver suffered minor injuries in the accident. After the driver was extricated from the vehicle, she was transported to University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro, where she received medical treatment for her injuries.

In addition to causing bodily injuries to the driver, the accident also resulted in extensive damage to the front end of the SUV.

Police had to shut down Mercer Street for roughly one hour after the accident. Once the woman was taken to the hospital and the debris was removed from the street, police reopened the road for traffic.

Princeton police indicated that the accident is currently under investigation. At this time, the driver has not been charged with reckless driving or careless driving.

To learn more, check out the NJ.com article entitled “Princeton Woman Hospitalized After Crashing into Tree.”