Maureen Binetti is chair of Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, P.A.’s Employment Law practice and has been a shareholder with the firm since 1990. Ms. Binetti has a nationwide reputation as a leading employment lawyer and a long history of success as a trial lawyer. Her areas of focus include litigation, arbitration, negotiation, mediation and investigation of employment law disputes, as well as employment advice to both employees and employers. Ms. Binetti also handles public accommodation discrimination cases.

Litigation: Trial and Appellate Practice

One of the very few female or employment attorneys certified by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a Civil Trial Attorney, Ms. Binetti has handled both sides of employment disputes for over 35 years, in the New Jersey state and federal courts.  These disputes involved claims of harassment and discrimination based on age, gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnic origin, nationality, marital status, religion, and physical, psychological and learning disabilities; whistleblower and other retaliation claims; claims involving restrictive covenants and employment contracts; and wage and hour and other class actions.

Although the majority of her litigation practice is on behalf of employees, Ms. Binetti regularly represents small to medium-sized employers and professional groups in litigation, as well as providing them day-to-day employment advice.  She has tried numerous cases to verdict, and has argued multiple times before the New Jersey Supreme Court, often resulting in the creation of new law in the employment arena.  Ms. Binetti is perhaps best known for her successful representation before the New Jersey Supreme Court of the plaintiff in the seminal case of Fuchilla v. Layman, a sexual harassment and civil rights action, and for securing a $1 million verdict in a retaliation case that involved the Conscientious Employee Protection Act (CEPA), and the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (NJLAD). She has tried cases to verdict under the NJLAD, the CEPA and the Americans with Disability Act (ADA), and has handled proceedings before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights. 

Neutral Services

Ms. Binetti’s extensive experience in managing both sides of employment disputes uniquely qualifies her to perform neutral services.  Therefore, in addition to her litigation practice, Ms. Binetti often serves as an independent investigator of internal employee complaints, and as a state-approved mediator of employment claims.  She has investigated all types of internal workplace complaints over 25 years, often resulting in the amicable resolution of potential legal issues.  In addition, she has successfully mediated more than 550 employment law claims over the past 15 years, many pursuant to the early mediation requirement of all employment disputes by the New Jersey state courts, thereby helping parties avoid costly, risky and emotionally exhausting trials by resolving the majority of the disputes at an early stage, prior to discovery.

The majority of these disputes involved substantial damages, allegations of intentional harm, and complex legal and factual issues, in addition to high levels of emotion on both sides.  Ms. Binetti has a proven track record of success handling and settling both single and multi-plaintiff cases raising all types of statutory and common law claims.  Examples of cases Ms. Binetti has successfully mediated include: a nine-plaintiff workplace dispute involving alleged claims of multiple types of harassment by different plaintiffs; an age discrimination and breach of contract dispute by a former partner against a law firm; a variety of CEPA claims against hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, accountants, and other businesses; and multi-plaintiff cases involving allegations of severe sexual harassment and assault in the workplace. Ms. Binetti is listed on both the mediation and arbitration rosters of the American Arbitration Association (AAA). 

Ms. Binetti has been consistently selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America in the practice areas of Employment Law - Individuals and Litigation - Labor & Employment since 2007, and in New Jersey Super Lawyers since 2005, including in the Top 50 Female List 2008-2016 and the Top 100 List 2008-2015. She is the author of numerous articles and other publications on employment law developments which impact the workplace. She is also a recurring speaker at the American Bar Association (ABA) and the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (NJICLE), among others, and has given numerous trial advocacy and mediation seminars. 

Reported Cases:

  • Battaglia v. United Parcel Services, Inc., 214 N.J. 518 (2013)
  • Fitzgerald v. Stanley Roberts, Inc., 186 N.J. 286 (2006)
  • Zubrycky v. ASA Apple, Inc., 381 N.J. Super. 162 (App. Div. 2005)
  • Ford v. Schering-Plough Corp., 145 F.3d 601 (3rd Cir. 1998)
  • Mortgagelinq Corp. v. Commonwealth and Title Ins. Co. et al, 142 N.J. 336 (1995); 275 N.J. Super. 79 (App. Div. 1994)
  • Neil S. Sullivan Associates, Ltd. v. Medco Containment Services, Inc., 257 N.J. Super. 155 (Law Div. 1992)
  • Fuchilla v. Layman, 109 N.J. 319 (1988)
 

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