What Should I Do If I Experience Gender Discrimination at Work?

According to Rueters, two former female employees of Goldman Sachs have filed a lawsuit against the bank for gender discrimination and are seeking class action status for the case.

The news outlet reported that the case is seeking status on behalf of all female associates and vice-presidents in the company’s investment bank, investment management and securities divisions. The women involved in the lawsuit accuse the bank of fostering a “boys club” atmosphere, where employees were urged to binge drink and meetings were held at strip clubs.

Gender discrimination can take many forms: disparate treatment or pay, pregnancy discrimination, and sexual harassment. All people have a right to work in an environment that treats everyone fairly and is not a hostile work environment. If the plaintiffs in this case can prove these allegations as fact, they likely have a good case for gender discrimination and sexual harassment.

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Can I Get a Divorce Without a ‘Get’?

An Orthodox Jewish woman has launched a social media campaign to help her obtain a ‘get,’ or religious divorce from her husband.

According to CBS New York, Rivky Stein has created a Facebook page in which she accuses her husband of emotional and physical abuse, including raping and beating her, while she was pregnant.

The news outlet reported that the couple has two children together and never formally obtained a civil marriage license, instead they used a Jewish marriage contract called a “ketubah,” which may be recognized by family courts.

Without a “get,” a woman is always considered married according to classical Jewish law. As experienced family lawyers, in cases where a woman is struggling to get a divorce, we have been able to design economic measures in religious cases that entice an obstinate husband to be more progressive.

Let our attorneys help you. We have seen many cases successfully resolved involving spouses who were reluctant to seek a divorce for a variety of reasons including religion. Our family law offices in New York or New Jersey can be reached through our online contact form.

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Teacher Charged in DUI Crash that Critically Injures Police Officer

A Lodi High School teacher in New Jersey was charged last month in connection to a drunk driving accident that left a Bergen County police officer critically injured.

NorthJersey.com reported that Michael Ettz, 36, a math teacher and coach, has been charged with aggravated assault, driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene of an accident with serious bodily injury, along with other motor vehicle charges.

The website reported that officer Daniel Breslin’s SUV was struck from behind by Ettz’s Ford Fusion as it was stopped on the right lane of the highway with its lights flashing. Ettz reportedly tried to flee the scene of the accident on foot.

Breslin was transported to the hospital in critical condition. It was reported that Ettz had his license suspended previously for a DWI conviction.

Drunk driving is an epidemic in New Jersey. In 2012, there were 164 drunken driving fatalities in the Garden State, representing 28 percent of all vehicle accident fatalities, according to Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

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Who Is Responsible For Student Loan Debt Following a Divorce?

The Wall Street Journal reported recently that college students and alumni are now more in debt than ever because of student loans, with students who earned bachelor’s degrees in 2012 having an outstanding loan balance of $29,400. Those with advanced degrees have even more.

This leaves some people facing an interesting question: Who is responsible for student loan debt following a divorce?

Really, it comes down to a number of factors, including income, premarital agreements and location. Typically, premarital debt is not divided. However, in New York (not in New Jersey), if the value of a license or degree is subject to Equitable Distribution, the debt will be deducted from the value of the degree.

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Man Dies in NYC Scaffolding Accident

A construction worker fell to his death in a scaffolding accident in Midtown NYC on April 2.

According to CBS New York, the accident occurred around the Dream Hotel, at 210 W. 55th St., near Broadway.

The Department of Buildings told CBS that the victim was allegedly working on the façade of the building at the time of the accident and fell about 80 feet through an area that was unprotected due to the removal of planks.

In addition to death, scaffolding accidents can result in catastrophic personal injuries.

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Former Olympian Johnny Weir Involved in Bitter Divorce Battle

A picture of the constitutionFormer Olympic figure skater and color commentator Johnny Weir and his husband are involved in a tumultuous divorce battle.

According to NJ.com, the couple, who have reportedly vacated their Lyndhurst, N.J. home, have filed pleadings before the court disputing ownership of assets, personal property and custody of their pets. It has also been reported that the couple owns a fair amount of high-end personal property.

You should contact our Bergen County attorneys, who will protect you in manners of child custody and visitation, division of marital assets, alimony and child support and prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, if you are thinking about divorcing your spouse.

Our family law offices in New York or New Jersey can be reached at 800-660-7843.

Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman, P.C. – Bergen County divorce attorneys

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Can a company be sued for libelous statements posted on its computer bulletin board?

An anonymous user of a computer bulletin board posted defamatory statements about a securities investment banking firm. The statements claimed that the firm’s president had engaged in fraudulent and criminal conduct concerning a particular offering, and that the firm consisted of a “cult of brokers who either lie for a living or get fired.” The actual author of the statements was unknown, so the investment firm aimed its libel suit at the corporation that owned and operated the computer network.
The plaintiff convinced a New York court that the computer network company was a “publisher” of the libelous statements and therefore could be held liable under the principle that one who repeats or otherwise republishes a libel is subject to liability as if he had originally published it. A mere distributor or deliverer of defamatory material, on the other hand, can be found liable only if it was at fault in the sense of knowing or having reason to know of the defamatory statement.
For example, newspapers and magazines generally are publishers, while bookstores and libraries are distributors. The key factor in distinguishing the two concepts is whether the person or entity exercises sufficient editorial control over the content to move from distributor to publisher status.
Ironically, the same measures that the computer network firm took to weed out insulting, harassing, or offensive language from its bulletin board were emphasized by the court in finding that it was a publisher that could be found accountable to the defamed investment firm. The computer firm held itself out as operating a “family oriented” network exercising editorial control over the content of posted messages. It developed content guidelines and enforced them by means of “board leaders” who had authority to delete notes not in compliance with the guidelines. Even though the computer firm could not possibly pass judgment on each of the 60,000 messages posted every day on its bulletin board, it exercised enough editorial control to assume the same responsibilities as the publisher of a newspaper.
The computer network company argued unsuccessfully that it was in the same position as a computer service company that had fought off a similar libel claim in federal court four years earlier. In that case, a publication available on a journalism forum operated by a computer firm defamed an electronic newsletter. The computer company avoided liability because the court found that, in essence, it was operating an electronic, for?profit library. In that library was a vast number of publications, the content of which was not overseen or controlled by the provider of the computer services.
That provider, unlike its counterpart in the New York court case, had not “uniquely arrogated to itself the role of determining what is proper for its members to post and read on its bulletin boards.” The lesson from these cases for computer service providers may be that no editorial control at all is safer than anything less than total control.

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