Ramon E. Rivera
Partner
Chair of  Labor & Employment

About

Ramon Rivera focuses his practice on the representation of public employers and private corporations in traditional labor and employment matters. He is primarily responsible for the representation of numerous public entities and municipalities with regard to various labor and employment issues. Additionally, he specifically focuses on labor negotiations, interest arbitrations, grievance arbitrations and disciplinary hearings for public employers. Mr. Rivera also reviews and revises employee manuals and aids in conducting anti-harassment training for employees. Further, he has appeared before the federal, state and administrative courts on various labor and employment matters, including but not limited to, trials, settlement negotiations and motions. Mr. Rivera also has significant experience dealing with issues under federal and state statutes including, inter alia, Title VII, NJLAD, ADA, ADEA, FMLA and NJFLA. Mr. Rivera is a member of the Executive Committee of the Section on Labor & Employment of the New Jersey State Bar Association.

Mr. Rivera also practices in the areas of land use law. Mr. Rivera’s land use practice involves working with private corporations and developers with regard to development and redevelopment projects, including providing assistance with land use applications and related litigation. Mr. Rivera is currently working with several private entities in Essex County on land use matters.

Mr. Rivera is very active in the community. He volunteers on the resource development committee of La Casa De Don Pedro, a nonprofit entity that provides housing assistance, day care, credit union and senior citizen services to residents of Newark. He is a trustee of the Cerebral Palsy of North Jersey and serves on CPNJ’s Human Rights and Development Committees. He was just recently named Chair of CPNJ’s Governance Committee. Mr. Rivera is a member of the Steering Committee of the Newark Re-entry Legal Services Network, an initiative sponsored by Newark Mayor Cory Booker whose purpose is to provide free legal services to ex-offenders as they seek to re-enter society.

Mr. Rivera received his BA from Wesleyan University and his JD from Rutgers University School of Law, where he served as Articles Editor for the Rutgers Race & Law Review. Prior to joining private practice, he was a Law Clerk to the Honorable Edward W. Beglin Jr., Assignment Judge, Union County, New Jersey Supreme Court. Mr. Rivera is a Certified Court Mediator.

Mr. Rivera was chosen for inclusion in the “New Jersey Super Lawyers Rising Stars 2007″ list. The Rising Stars list includes the “top up-and-coming lawyers in the state” and is compiled by conducting a poll followed up by a detailed and independent research process that evaluates each candidate based on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. The New Jersey Law Journal named Mr. Rivera to their “40 Under 40” list for 2007, an annual list that featured lawyers “worthy of attention due to what they have accomplished in their careers so far.” The Law Journal editors chose lawyers who have developed practice niches, demonstrated leadership potential by work in practice groups or committees and amassed a book of business and a solid record of trial, appellate or transactional work. They also looked for pro bono work and charitable, community and other volunteer activities.

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Bachelor Discrimination Lawsuit Dismissed
Posted on Wednesday October 31, 2012

Entertainment lawyer New JerseyThe class action lawsuit alleging that the popular dating show The Bachelor discriminated against contestants of color has been dismissed. Both sides raised a number of novel legal arguments, and the court ultimately sided with producers. As we previously discussed on this entertainment law blog, the lawsuit contended that racism is behind the shows’ failure […]

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Fox Facing Growing Class-Action Lawsuit Over Unpaid Interns
Posted on Tuesday October 16, 2012

Scarinci HollenbeckJobs in entertainment are highly coveted and, as a result, many budding industry professionals are willing to work for free to simply to get their foot in the door. Unfortunately, unpaid internships can also mean big legal trouble if the interns actually qualify as employees. Fox Entertainment Group is currently finding this out the hard […]

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Ninth Circuit Makes It Difficult for Athletes to Receive Worker’s Comp in California
Posted on Friday September 07, 2012

NFL worker's compensation CaliforniaFor years, professional athletes have claimed Worker’s Comp in California even if they only played there as a member of a visitor team. The state is an attractive place to file a claim given its favorable worker’s compensation system. Under California law, there is no time limit for filing claims. In addition, the state allows claims […]

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Jennifer Lopez Fighting Back With Her Own Entertainment Lawsuit
Posted on Wednesday August 22, 2012

entertainment lawyer NYCOn the heels of an employment lawsuit filed by her former driver, Jennifer Lopez is fighting back. She recently filed a countersuit that accuses driver Hakob Manoukian of extortion. According to court documents, Manoukian allegedly demanded that "unless Manoukian was paid $2.8 million, he would disclose sensitive and personal information that he allegedly heard while […]

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Telemundo and NBC Facing Age Discrimination Claims
Posted on Tuesday August 14, 2012

Sports law firmTelemundo and NBC Universal are facing an age discrimination lawsuit filed by a former reporter/anchor who claims she was terminated upon turning 50 and replaced by a much younger woman. Vicky Gutierrez, who worked for KVEA in Los Angeles from 2003 until March, further alleges that her termination may have been in retaliation to her […]

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