Labor and Employment Lawyers in New Jersey
The experienced attorneys at Dressel/Malikschmitt help business owners and executives across the Garden State and beyond ensure they are complying with federal and state employment laws, and defend themselves when someone alleges they are not.
We have represented clients in many different industries, but are known for our work in the pharma, finance, construction, and energy industries. We are also one of the first firms in New Jersey to successfully represent those involved in the crypto and blockchain industries in litigation.
Dressel/Malikschmitt takes a proactive, problem-solving approach to employment law. We attempt to help our clients minimize legal risk by ensuring compliance with the myriad and ever-changing laws in this area. When a dispute arises, we aim to avoid litigation by finding solutions at the negotiating table. We are equipped to represent our clients in administrative proceedings before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and New Jersey Department of Labor & Workforce Development. Dressel/Malikschmitt partners Andrew Dressel and Chris Malikschmitt have also litigated in both New Jersey and New York state courts, and the federal court system.
Wage and Hour Law
Dressel/Malikschmitt helps businesses across New Jersey and beyond comply with state and federal minimum wage and overtime laws. We work with our clients to ensure their employees are fully and fairly compensated for the hard work they do.
When a dispute arises, we advise employers of the steps they must take to clear their good name, or if a mistake has been made, correct their errors and make sure everyone is paid fairly. However, we also protect clients against nuisance lawsuits and do not hesitate to aggressively fight meritless claims.
Executive Employment, Compensation and Severance
Partners Andrew Dressel and Chris Malikschmitt have represented several high-level employees in litigation against their current and former employers. They have also defended several small and medium sized firms across the country against such claims.
These cases require an understanding of employment law, but also an appreciation of business norms and the way the different industries contract around the law to attract, retain, and compensate C-level employees. The Dressel/Malikschmitt team has this unique combination of skills and business savvy. Our representation has helped executives in disputes over contractual obligations fight for their full compensation and helped protect companies from meritless claims.
Discrimination, Harassment & Wrongful Terminations
There is a fine line between a toxic work environment and an illegal work environment, and New Jersey employers and employees often confuse one for the other. At Dressel/Malikschmitt, we counsel employees who feel they have been wronged in the workplace and want to know if they should take legal action. We also defend employers who believe they are being wrongly accused of creating a hostile work environment.
Our experienced team knows the ins and outs of Title VII and New Jersey’s Law Against Discrimination (NJ LAD), which prohibit discrimination based on a wide variety of factors, including race, color, religion, sex, and national origin. We use these laws to protect employees who have been treated unfairly, and work to clear the name of employers who believe they have been wrongly accused of illegal activity.
Compliance and Risk Management
Many employment disputes can be avoided if steps are taken to consistently ensure compliance with various labor laws.
One of the key ways to do this is by having an experienced legal team negotiate and draft your business’s employment contracts, severance agreements, non-compete and non-solicitation agreements, non-disclosure agreements, written guidelines that govern bonuses, employee handbooks, and other important documents.
Dressel/Malikschmitt drafts these from scratch so our clients have customized documents that fit their unique needs. We also review existing documents to make sure they still do what they are intended to as employment laws change.
Another way to reduce risk is to develop internal policies and procedures that will be followed by HR or senior leadership when a complaint arises. Taking consistent action to treat employees fairly not only minimizes risk, but it is also respectful and can go a long way toward building a positive company work culture.
The Dressel/Malikschmitt team assists our clients as they develop these policies and is often called on to help implement them. We have also conducted internal investigations at numerous organizations who wanted to ensure policies were being followed.
New Jersey Employment Attorneys You Can Count On
Employment law is one of the areas of law that has an outsize impact on the lives of almost every New Jerseyan. The Dressel/Malikschmitt team is proud of the work we do to make sure that Garden State employees are treated fairly, and the companies in our state have the tools they need to thrive and prosper.
If you are involved in an employment dispute, our experienced team of attorneys is ready to hear your story, and advise you of your options. Fill out our contact form or call us at (848) 202-9323.