Carol L. Perez, Esq. presently serves as a volunteer attorney for the Hunterdon Helpline, a non-profit organization. Each month Ms. Perez makes herself available to the residents of Hunterdon County who are in need of legal services via the “Ask the Attorney Night” program. Ms. Perez has been a frequent guest over the past years on many local radio and TV programs. In November 2014, Ms. Perez presented to Hunterdon County Lawyers a seminar on the topic of Workers Compensation law in the State of New Jersey.
Robert J. Young has been recognized for the eleventh consecutive year as a SuperLawyer in the New Jersey Monthly. In the May 2005 through 2015 issues, Mr. Young has been listed amount the top lawyers in New Jersey and selected as an elite workers’ compensation attorney. From the region encompassing Hunterdon, Somerset and Warren Counties he was the only attorney with this expertise chosen to receive this distinction.
THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF DISTINGUISHED COUNSEL
Robert J. Young, of Young & Perez, has been selected to the 2015 list as a member of the Nation’s Top One Percent by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel. NADC is an organization dedicated to promoting the highest standards of legal excellence. Its mission is to objectively recognize the attorneys who elevate the standards of the Bar and provide a benchmark for other lawyers to emulate.
Members are thoroughly vetted by a research team, selected by a blue ribbon panel of attorneys with podium status from independently neutral organizations, and approved by a judicial review board as exhibiting virtue in the practice of law. Due to the incredible selectivity of the appointment process, only the top one percent of attorneys in the United States are awarded membership in NADC. This elite class of advocates consists of the finest leaders of the legal profession from across the nation.
Robert J. Young has been recognized for the tenth consecutive year as a SuperLawyer in the New Jersey Monthly. In the May 2005 through 2014 issues, Mr. Young has been listed amount the top lawyers in New Jersey and selected as an elite workers’ compensation attorney. From the region encompassing Hunterdon, Somerset and Warren Counties he was the only attorney with this expertise chosen to receive this distinction.
As one of the leading litigation experts, Mr. Young is spreading his knowledge with the insurance industry and people with interest as he lectures in many educational programs throughout New Jersey.
Jose works for a large company selling machine parts. Jose a very successful salesperson continuously exceeds his sales quota and often receives rewards for his outstanding job performance. One month his employer omitted a sale from his overall sales total and as a result Jose did not receive $10,000.00 in commissions. Jose informed his boss of the mistake and followed up with the boss several weeks later when his pay check was not corrected. The boss apparently feeling bothered by Jose’s persistence made a derogatory comment to Jose about Jose’s religion. Jose was shocked and hurt over his bosses’ choice of words. Shortly thereafter, Jose noticed that his boss was treating him differently; the boss required Jose to work exclusively from the local sales office (no longer was Jose permitted to work from home as he had done for years), Jose’s sales quotas were increased and were higher than any other sales person, and the boss began to publicly berate Jose at weekly sales meetings. Jose complained to his Human Resource department but the retaliation continued. Within a short period of time, Jose’s employer fired him. Jose filed a law suit against his employer and his boss for lost wages and punitive damages. Should Jose win his case?
The New Jersey Courts look unfavorably upon discriminatory remarks made in the workplace such as the statement made to Jose. The Courts have held that an employer and/or an employee’s supervisor who takes harmful action against a worker after subjecting that worker to a discriminatory remark is subject to a law suit for money damages in the form of lost wages, emotional distress , punitive damages and attorney fees. Workers, the Courts have stated, should be free from a hostile work environment; in other words work is a place where race, religion, gender or sexual preference have no place in deciding how an employee is paid or the work he or she is made to perform. Jose lost his job as a result of unfair and hostile treatment and not over poor work performance. Jose was the subject of retaliation and is therefore entitled to recover his lost wages, money for emotional distress and attorneys fees.
Employers must be careful and properly train and supervise their employees. Employers have a responsibility to insist that the work environment is free of hostility toward a protected class. Once an employer is made aware of a problem as Jose faced it has an affirmative duty to investigate and resolve the conflict in favor of the harmed individual. Whether an employee or an employer is involved it is smart business to contact an employment law attorney to guide you through your options.