Maureen S. Binetti is a shareholder with the 140-attorney Woodbridge, NJ law firm of Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer P.A., the twelfth largest firm in New Jersey, and the only large firm in New Jersey that regularly handles employment matters on behalf of both employees and employers. Ms. Binetti chairs the firm’s Employment Law Team. Certified by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a Civil Trial Attorney, she has extensive experience in all aspects of employment law, particularly the litigation of sexual harassment, sex, age, race, and disability discrimination, wrongful discharge, whistleblower, and restrictive covenant claims, in both the state and federal courts, as well as wage and hour and other class actions.
In addition to her extensive litigation practice, Ms. Binetti often serves as an independent investigator of internal employee complaints, and as a state-approved mediator of employment claims, roles which are well-served by her experience on both sides of employment disputes.
Ms. Binetti recently was recognized as one of the leaders among women and minorities in the legal profession by the New Jersey Law Journal, and also selected for inclusion by Ten Leaders under New Jersey employment law. She has also been selected for inclusion in New Jersey Best Lawyers® since 2007, and in New Jersey Super Lawyers® since 2008 (Top 50 Female list 2008-2011, Top 100 List 2008-2011). Ms. Binetti is a recurring speaker for the American Bar Association (ABA), Association of Trial Lawyers of America, National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA), the Council on Education in Management, and the Institute for Continuing Legal Education, among others, and is co-author of numerous articles and other publications on employment law developments which impact the workplace. She also serves as a Bencher and team leader for the Sidney Reitman Employment Law Inn of Court and on the District VIII Ethics Committee.
Ms. Binetti is perhaps best known for her successful representation of the plaintiff before the New Jersey Supreme Court in Fuchilla v. Layman and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of N.J., a sexual harassment and civil rights action, and her $900,000 jury verdict in a sexual harassment/retaliation case.
Ms. Binetti is a 1982 graduate of Rutgers School of Law - Newark, and graduated with high honors from Douglass College of Rutgers University in 1977. She was admitted to the Bar of the State of New Jersey in 1982, and is a long-time member of numerous bar associations, including the ABA and the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJBA). She is active in numerous labor and employment sections of the Bar and is immediate past co-chair of the Employment Rights and Responsibilities Committee of the American Bar Association's Labor and Employment Section. She is a member of National Employment Lawyers Association NELA and NELA-NJ.
Area of Emphasis:
- Discrimination (including sex, age, race, ethnic origin, pregnancy, and disability discrimination)
- Sexual harassment
- Wrongful discharge
- Restrictive covenants
- Unfair competition
Memberships and Activities:
American Bar Association
Federal Bar Association of New Jersey
New Jersey State Bar Association (Labor and Employment Section)
Middlesex County Bar Association
National Employment Lawyers Association