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Dimitri Teresh is a New Jersey employment attorney at Phillips & Associates. He is dedicated to fighting for the rights of employees who have faced workplace harassment or discrimination. If you have been harmed by your employer’s discriminatory behavior or tolerance of harassment, it is vital to retain a tenacious and seasoned attorney to represent you in an employment dispute.
Mr. Teresh graduated in 2008 from William Paterson University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Political Science. He received his Juris Doctor from Fordham University School of Law in 2012. He began his career as an assistant district attorney in Kings County, New York. During his three years as an assistant district attorney, he managed a caseload of pre-indictment felony matters, such as firearms and violent felonies, along with financial fraud. He presented indictments to grand juries on a daily basis.
Subsequently, Mr. Teresh served as an assistant prosecutor in Middlesex County. Along with presenting to grand juries for indictment, he also presented cases to petit juries for trial to verdict. He operated the expungements unit and coordinated long-term financial fraud investigations. In 2019, Mr. Teresh went to work for the public defender’s office, where he managed a caseload of felonies and represented indigent clients. Mr. Teresh thus brings trial experience to his work as an employment litigator at Phillips & Associates.
Employment discrimination occurs if a worker faces an adverse employment decision based on his or her membership in a protected class. It can include failure to hire, termination, failure to promote, demotion, disparate pay, or harassment.
Both federal and state laws prohibit employment discrimination. Federal laws that prohibit employment discrimination include Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Title VII prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, and national origin. The ADEA prohibits age discrimination against workers who are at least 40. The ADA prohibits discrimination based on a disability. Title VII and the ADA cover employers with at least 15 employees. The ADEA prohibits discrimination when an employer has at least 20 employees.
The New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (NJLAD) is the state anti-discrimination law. Unlike the federal anti-discrimination laws, it covers employers of any size. The New Jersey Law Against Discrimination prohibits employment discrimination based on religious creed, national origin, race, color, mental or physical disability, ancestry, nationality, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, genetics, age, and military service.
Generally, New Jersey’s anti-discrimination law is more protective than the federal anti-discrimination laws are. For instance, with certain exceptions, workers under the age of 40 as well as people who are 40 or older are protected under the New Jersey law, while only workers who are 40 or older are protected under the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act. Additionally, there is greater protection for employees with disabilities under New Jersey law than there is under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination, you may proceed directly to the Superior Court without filing a charge. Alternatively, you may file an employment discrimination charge with either the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights (DCR) or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). You cannot simultaneously file a complaint with the DCR and with the Superior Court. If you file a lawsuit in the Superior Court and win, you may be able to receive remedies such as back pay, reinstatement, promotion, compensation for psychological harm, and sometimes punitive damages.Consult an Employment Attorney in New Jersey
In most cases, an employer has significantly more resources than an employee does, and an employer may deploy them to try to evade liability. It is important to have a tenacious trial attorney on your side. If you were harmed by employment discrimination or harassment, you should call Phillips & Associates. Dimitri Teresh or another of our attorneys may be able to represent you. Call our Princeton office at (609) 436-9087 or complete our online form.