Employees in New Jersey have powerful legal recourse against unlawful retaliation under a number of laws, including the Conscientious Employee Protection Act, the Law Against Discrimination, the Workers’Compensation Law, the federal Family and Medical Leave Act, and the New Jersey Family Leave Act.These laws make it illegal for an employer to retaliate against employees who complain about unlawful conduct (including but not limited to discrimination and harassment), aid another employee in pursuing discrimination or claims (such as by testifying for that employee in a legal proceeding), file worker’s compensation claims, or take family or medical leave. It is unlawful for employers to take adverse actions such as firing, demoting, disciplining, refusing to promote, or harassing these individuals. Other adverse actions include pay reductions and undesirable job assignments. The law firm of Lenzo & Reis represents workers in New Jersey who have been victims of employment retaliation.
“One of the most difficult and trying times of my life led me to seek the services of an employment attorney. From our initial meeting Claudia's enthusiasm for her area of expertise was apparent. You can tell when someone is just going through the motions and when they genuinely care about what they do. Claudia left no stone unturned. She was there for me every step of the long way. Claudia encouraged my input and welcomed my questions. Most importantly she made me feel safer ~ nothing like knowing you have someone in your corner. If you need an employment attorney and you don't at least consult with Claudia I think you are doing yourself a disservice. Claudia took my case through to a successful conclusion. She really gave me my life back.” ~ Theresa
“I was referred to Chris Lenzo by a very dear friend who is a prominent employment attorney. Chris was introduced as a talented, accomplished litigator who would bring energy and passion every day. He certainly did not disappoint. Chris kept me in the loop and up to date every step of the way. His entire staff was courteous and efficient. The settlement Chris was able to orchestrate is right in line with the goals we established at the outset of my lawsuit. I am thoroughly satisfied with the representation I received and will confidently recommend him in the future.” ~ Anonymous
“I contacted Ms. Reis' firm due to what I felt was an unfair termination; her approach was honest, direct and very informed. Ms. Reis listened carefully and was able to provide expert representation as well as being quite supportive in our efforts. Throughout the process I was guided by her experience and was always keep up to date and informed of each step. Communication was clear, specific and insightful providing options and suggestions as appropriate as well as potential outcomes. Although I hope I do not need her assistance again I would not hesitate in contacting her should the need arise.” ~ Mark
"I have worked with Ms. Reis and her firm for the past 3 years. During the consultation process you will immediately experience her compassion as she offers suggestions and guides you through the difficult situation you are dealing with. Her attention to detail, timely follow up and candid manner ensured me that I was well protected and represented. Ms. Reis always went above and beyond to protect me legally. She is a very strong and tough (when necessary) advocate for the individual she represents. Her support staff is equally diligent. I would recommend her without reservation." ~ A.M.
"Claudia Reis is a consummate professional, and I would highly recommend this law firm. After a few other sub-par experiences with legal council, I was so relieved to be represented by someone who was responsive to my needs and who met those needs with the ultimate attention to detail. Such expertise, professionalism, and high-quality service are unparalleled. I would feel comfortable recommending this firm with no reservations." ~ Robin A.
"When you find yourself in the need of an attorney to help you fight an unfair labor issue with (in my case a major corporation) it’s not just about the facts. There is a level of emotional stress that I didn't realize would be part of the process. Chris provided me with the right balance of intelligence, skill and yes emotional support all leading to a favorable outcome." ~ A Client
"After being fired from a job I held for 7 yrs I felt the need to look for legal representation. I discussed my case with four different employment attorneys, who felt intimidated by my situation and acted like they wanted nothing to do with. Then I landed in the hands of Claudia Reis. After speaking with Ms. Reis, I felt I was in the right place, where others said "no" she was ready to put up a legal fight. Her compassion, expertise, attentiveness and her will to never give up is what sets her aside from the rest. I felt like I was part of a new family, knowing I could pick up the phone at any time for whatever reason and always get a response. Her efforts caused the defendants to settle out of court for the amount she demanded. My family and I could never be grateful enough for the way she fought this case. She and her firm are truly "The best in the business"." ~ A. G. N.
I filed a complaint under the CEPA act against my employer and consequently I was terminated. I consulted with her as to my course of action. As a result I retained her to pursue the matter. The matter was dealt with professionally and all options was clearly reviewed with me. I was able to make an informed decision of every aspect of the proceedings. The most outstanding was the attorney's caring attitude in terms that she wanted to serve my best interest. The step by step process approach was done in a detailed and timely manner. She explained things in layman's terms that is easily understood. The outcome achieved was satisfactory and she made a positive impact which helped me maintain justice. Her assistance with my unemployment benefit request was successful as a direct result of her involvement and guidance . I was very pleased with her excellent services as an attorney and for this I am extremely grateful to her. ~ OG
I hired Chris Lenzo, after talking to three attorneys, because of his passion and responsiveness. He has an excellent record of dedicated service and proven results. It was his strong belief in my conviction that I was wrongfully terminated that tipped my decision. Throughout the process, through to resolution, Chris responded quickly to my inquiries until I understood the legal aspects of the matters at hand, and he leveraged my expertise of the subject matter and the other parties involved. When an unusual legal issue, unrelated to my termination, arose, outside of his primary expertise, he sought additional legal counsel to help both of us understand the situation. He delivered stellar support during the final phase of the resolution of the matter, demonstrating his strong passion and commitment to my case, knowing when to listen and knowing when to argue and fight for my cause. Because of his strong passion and championship, I was absolutely satisfied with the outcome and believe together we achieved justice for a clear case of wrongful termination. ~ Anonymous
“I met with Mr. Lenzo at a very challenging time in my career, but did not know the proper ways to handle this. He spent almost three hours at my initial visit, studying and clarifying the paper trail that I had brought him. That's where it became obvious that he listens, reads, converses, empathizes, all with a clear, undistracted brain. His writing is very effective: tight, intelligent, strong, matter-of-fact. He stated his/my case so succinctly and so firmly. I knew this would be settled. I was so impressed that he would reach out to me immediately with updates, so that, with his guidance, I could make intelligent decisions. Mr. Lenzo also very much understood that the stress of this situation was really hurting me, so he was reassuring me and getting things done as quickly as possible. If you need an attorney to help you with employment issues, you have found your lawyer. Worth every penny. Many, many thanks, Chris!” ~ CD
Mr. Lenzo guided and advised us expertly through our case. He accomplished exactly what he set out to do and in a complete professional manner. ~ A Client
"Having recently concluded a case with Chris, and having practiced law for over 30 years in more than one state, I can attest to the fact that Chris represents the "upper range" of the top 1% of the practicing employment lawyers in his field. Representing a fellow lawyer can be a pain in the ***, but Chris was dead on in his advice, his knowledge, and at times his demeanor and helped me through a difficult time and case. I wholeheartedly recommend him to others needing a great employment lawyer!" ~ Mark
“Going through a lawsuit can be a very emotional time. And without going through the specifics of my lawsuit, I felt that my reputation was on the line. Chris Lenzo was recommended to me by a co-worker. The initial consultation fee seemed very high and I knew that other attorneys would meet with me for free. So after consideration, I did choose to meet with Chris. And he was worth every penny! Chris was so knowledgeable and professional that I immediately felt at ease. I never once had any worries throughout the entire duration of my lawsuit. I felt so prepared knowing that I had the best lawyer on my side. Chris had thousands of documents relating to my case that he sorted and scanned. He knew what to request and what documents we had a legal right to have. He was an expert on the intricacies of the law. We never made it to a courtroom and ended up settling out of court. (And I was very happy with my settlement...) But more importantly, I never felt pressured to make any decisions. Chris always informed me of all of my options and left all of the decisions up to me. A good friend once told me that you make people accountable for their behavior by making them pay with their wallets. And I found this to be true. I give Chris my highest recommendation. If you ever need a qualified lawyer, Chris is truly the best!” ~ A wrongful termination client
I hired Mr. Lenzo to represent me in a gender discrimination case against my former employer while I was still employed by the company. I had consulted with other attorneys prior to meeting Mr. Lenzo and each had expressed doubt about commencing the case while I was a current employee. Mr. Lenzo on the other hand did not hesitate, showing that he was not afraid to fight for his clients’ rights and take on seemingly “tougher” cases even if it means ruffling a few feathers. Mr. Lenzo’s attention to detail is phenomenal. Aside from being an employment law expert, he takes the time to make sure that all his T’s are crossed and his I’s dotted. Mr. Lenzo and his team took the daunting process of standing up to my employer and made it almost painless. There was never a moment where I needed Mr. Lenzo and could not reach him, or where his office “dropped the ball”. I am truly grateful to have been a beneficiary of the well-oiled machine that is Lenzo & Reis, LLC. ~ A Client
"Chris is an excellent employment attorney. He is knowledgeable, experienced, and hard working. He worked to negotiate a settlement almost four times greater than the original offer made by my previous employer. I am very pleased with his work and will recommend him to anyone who has been wrongfully terminated. Chris will fight for you and see you are compensated fairly." ~ David
“I hired Mr. Lenzo in a wrongful termination case. I found him to be very knowledgeable regarding wrongful termination and discrimination. He also was an extremely quick study in learning about my industry and its unique issues. His ability to drill down to the details while wading through a massive volume of documents, was very impressive. I also found Mr. Lenzo to be very tenacious on my behalf, especially in deposing witnesses. I was comforted in knowing that he was fighting for me. I also felt that he kept me informed every step of the way. If you ever believe that you have been wrongfully terminated or discriminated against in an employee, employer situation, and are considering legal action, I recommend that you contact Mr. Lenzo. I was extremely satisfied with his work and professional acumen.” ~ A wrongful termination client
"Chris helped me negotiate a separation agreement. He is very understanding in regards to your personal situation and that you might be stressed out on occasion. His guidance in the process was very valuable, helped avoid litigation, and I feel that the result was very fair for both parties. In addition, he is very persistent and follows up regularly to keep the process moving forward and as short as possible." ~ A Client
I’ve been employed in the legal field since the 90’s; it is vital to have a formidable attorney. Mr. Lenzo is proficient, perceptive, and strategic. Mr. Lenzo understood that this was not just another case; it was my life, my livelihood… When the multibillion dollar corporation “threatened” me, Mr. Lenzo without hesitation put the fear of God in them. The multibillion dollar corporation knew it was best for them to wave the white flag and concede. My case was settled in less than two months. If you desire favorable results and want the adversary to surrender, look no further. Mr. Lenzo is A Force to Be Reckoned With. I cannot thank Mr. Lenzo and his colleagues enough for everything. ∼ A Client
“I began working with Chris Lenzo after the occurrence of a particularly egregious discriminatory act by an employer. My case ensued for over four and a half years. In that time, the degree of skill, commitment and dedication Chris gave to my case was unwavering. Chris was always respectful and always responded to phone calls and emails promptly. He explained difficult nuances of the law as they pertained to my case and together we made critical decisions. Along the way, we had a laugh or two and in the end negotiated a substantial settlement. Litigation is a difficult and emotionally painful process. The selection of an attorney is the single most critical factor in determining success. I would recommend Chris with the utmost confidence.” ~ An employment client
"I actually found Mr. Lenzo on AVVO and I must say I was not disappointed. My initial consultation was almost 3 hours. He was attentive and thorough weeding out emotion from the facts keeping me on track with the series of events. He had a plan with a time line of how he thought it would play out and of course he was on target. I highly recommend Mr. Lenzo and his team for they are courteous, knowledgeable , and on point because of them I had a favorable outcome within 5 months." ~ A Client
Chris was very attentive and knowledgeable on all aspects of employment law. He kept me informed of the process and any responses received from the other party. Chris was always easily reachable by phone or email - even outside of work hours and on weekends. He was very honest in his interpretation of the case and what the possible outcomes could be if we followed his recommendations, but always giving me the choice to make the final decision. He effortlessly picked apart the other attorney and was able to quickly obtain a better settlement than I was even expecting. I would strongly recommend him as a lawyer and as a person of integrity. ~ Dominick
“Claudia Reis proves that a labor attorney can be aggressive is pursuing a client's interests without being mean-spirited while doing it. She is pleasant to work with, knowledgeable, and keeps the client informed throughout the process.” ~ John
“Ms. Reis is an exceptional lawyer. She approached my case in a compassionate manner and has an amazing memory. When preparing for my deposition and trial she remembered details from our first meeting that I had forgotten. Ms. Reis was very patient. She met with my husband and I on several occasions to explain legal facts and processes so that we could make more informed decisions. She is well versed in mediation, arbitration, and trial law. Ms. Reis never gave us false hope, but laid out each option available to us. She is a very strong lawyer who can confidently advocate for her clients with adversaries that are less than cooperative. I was kept up to date with all motions, attorney contacts, and changes in the case. I was immediately forwarded any email communications and all court documents. Ms. Reis also kept me abreast of any developments, which I have been told is quite rare to find in an attorney.” ~ An Employment Client
“Claudia Reis and the firm were excellent. Ms. Reis was always helpful, completely trustworthy, professional, knowledgeable, dependable, always there when I needed her, and helpful in every way even outside of the legal matter regarding my mental state during this trying time in my life. She always answered all of my questions quickly, professionally, and honestly, which is a great help when going through a job loss. She kept me calm and able to make decisions regarding my legal matter even when I felt I was unable to make any decisions on my own. When feeling unable and not confident to make any decisions regarding my legal decisions, she was always extending herself beyond what I have ever seen any attorney do in order to explain everything simply and accurately, enabling me to make the right choices for my matter, and always showing concern for me on a personal level. She proved to be exceptionally knowledgeable in her area of employment law, and was aggressive during depositions, etc. , proving successful in every aspect. Many attorneys are only coldly concerned with a resolution a legal matter, but Ms. Reis' concern was absolutely my outcome, my comfort and happiness with my case. She was always there for me, and kept in contact with me regularly to make sure everything was well with me and my issues, which was very comforting. I can't say enough about how wonderful she was regarding her expertise with the legal issues, and also her great ability to make me feel secure during such a bad time in my life. I recommend Ms. Reis highly. She always went above and beyond making sure that I was always in the best position legally, and that I always felt secure and confident, because I truly was in a very bad state of mind prior to her representing me. Her experience and expertise is evidenced in her success in her exceptional career. She always took that extra step for me.” ~ Valerie
After my experience with Chris, it is clear that all of the reviewer comments and accolades are well deserved. All of this in addition to having been selected as a top 100 Lawyer. The common thread and bottom line are the same, knowledgeable, kind, competent, generous, tenacious, thorough and above all a fantastic attorney. He was recommended to me by another highly rated attorney. I would like to thank Chris for his insight and also highly recommend Chris!
“Except for buying our home, I had never had cause to hire a lawyer. Unfortunately for me, that changed. I was lucky enough to find Claudia! She helped me through this most difficult time. She is a walking legal encyclopedia, incredibly knowledgeable in the field of employment law. She is completely accessible; I always felt (and often did) that I could pick up the phone and call her about any question or concern. She made sure that I was comfortable with all tactics, language, and terms. My case was complicated and emotionally charged. As busy as she was, Claudia always made me feel that I was her only client. I cannot recommend her highly enough! If you need an employment law attorney, Claudia Reis is the way to go. She is smart, tough, tireless, and compassionate! I could not be happier with the services provided.” ~ Brian
"I cannot say enough positive things about Chris Lenzo. As an extremely busy attorney, his response time is quite remarkable. His knowledge of case law and his experience with wrongful termination/discrimination lawsuits is exceptional. He is honest and upfront and extremely realistic. We settled the case in mediation. This case could have dragged on for a couple of years if we continued to pursue the lawsuit, however it would have been too emotionally draining for my husband and I. I highly recommend Chris Lenzo should you need an attorney for this type of case." ~ Kathy
“Without previous experience in military law, Mr. Lenzo brilliantly developed a legal argument that successfully gave standing to uniformed soldiers to sue the military in a civilian court of law. Mr. Lenzo's legal acumen and reasoning is absolutely first-rate and he ran circles around the opposition. Moreover, Mr. Lenzo demonstrates both an earnestness and an empathy for his clients that is uncommonly found. I give Chris Lenzo my highest recommendation!” ~ Robert
Claudia Reis is an exceptional lawyer with an empathy and kindness for her clients. Her sincere willingness to help work with our specific needs exceeded our expectations. Her office staff was welcoming and helpful from the beginning through the end of our process. We entered her office trepidatious and nervous and her warm smile and confidence immediately put us at ease. She was forth right and honest with our choices and possible outcomes enabling us to make clear decisions. She was upfront with all financial aspects of our case including her costs as well as what could be expected down the line. She was generous with her time and her costs were very fair. Both she and her staff responded quickly when contacted via email and acted quickly on all of our requests. Ms. Reis' services were recommended to us by another lawyer. We were fortunate to have found such a caring and expert advocate of our case. ~ A Client
"This is an attorney you want on your side. Chris is a very direct, no nonsense, strategic thinker. I always felt as though Chris worked on everything in my best interest. Chris is very responsive. If I e-mailed or called Chris with a question, I always received an answer or reply promptly or in the same day. Chris always took the time to explain things to me. I would strongly recommend Chris Lenzo." ~ A satisfied client
"I met Claudia while defending a lawsuit brought against my company from a former employee that she was representing. Her knowledge of employment law resulted in our losing the first employment case brought against us in our company's history. Based on that experience, I hired Claudia to represent me when I needed an employment law expert. Claudia turned out to be responsive, extremely knowledgeable about employment law and kept me in the loop every step of the way. She was a great negotiator and provided the guidance I needed that resulted in a positive outcome. I was also impressed with her ability to work with me as a partner. She took my input and used it toward helping the situation. She is a great listener who uses good information to her advantage. I felt very confident I was in good hands. I highly recommend Claudia for anyone or any company who needs legal representation for an employment law matter." ~ Frank
“Claudia is very knowledgeable in her field and actually took the time to research other areas of the law to provide the most accurate information about our case. What makes her a great attorney is how candid she is with her clients; from day one, she was very honest about the risks and benefits of litigation- there were never any unrealistic expectations nor unexpected surprises. What sets her apart is her level of humanity- she respects all cultural differences and works patiently through language barriers. Claudia’s character is a rare find within the legal profession.” ~ Tatyana
“My first consultation with Claudia I was a very upset about a 14 year job I was let go from. Right away she put me at ease about my situation. Everything was settled in a timely manner and with great results.” ~ Mary
“Chris was on top of all details regarding my case and kept me well informed during the entire process. He was very reassuring during a difficult situation and walked me through the process step by step. I would and already have recommended him to other people.” ~ Jill
"Chris handled my executive employment discrimination claim against my former employer. He was recommended by a trusted friend/attorney. From the initial consultation through the final contact and case closing Chris has been excellent. He built a very strong case from the facts I provided and his deep understanding of the laws associated with employment discrimination. His due diligence in working through the process with corporate attorneys and their outside counsel was very professional and effective. Chris' approach to negotiation (aggressive but reasonable targets) was critical to us reaching a settlement via mediation. This proved best for all parties. I am very pleased with the service Chris and his firm provided along with the outcome. He is a strong advocate for the employee, tenacious and follows through on execution." ~ A Client