New Jersey Employment Law
At Phillips & Associates, our attorneys provide aggressive representation in the area of employment law. We have a strong record of success in claims based on workplace misconduct, assisting many people who have suffered from discrimination due to their membership in particular classes protected by federal and state laws. If you have been affected by workplace discrimination, retaliation, or harassment, our New Jersey employment lawyers may be able to represent you in a lawsuit for damages. Often, there is a short window of time within which to bring your claim, so it is crucial to consult an attorney as soon as possible about your options.Asserting an Employment Claim
Discrimination on the basis of membership in protected categories is prohibited under federal and New Jersey laws. One of the primary federal anti-discrimination laws is Title VII, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, race, national origin, color, and religion. Another major federal law is the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which provides protection to disabled employees and also provides a right to request reasonable accommodations.
However, in many cases, the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination provides broader protections to workers and protects a wider range of characteristics. It prohibits taking adverse actions against an employee on the basis of many specific protected characteristics, including those specified under Title VII and the ADA, as well as marital status, sexual orientation, atypical blood traits, ancestry, creed, and domestic partnership or civil union status. Each case is different, and it is important to consult an experienced employment attorney in New Jersey about your options under federal and state laws.
Harassment is a form of discrimination that is prohibited in the workplace. For example, sexual harassment is prohibited under both Title VII and New Jersey law as a form of sex discrimination. Sexual harassment may include a wide range of sexually charged actions, such as sexual demands, touching, requests for dates, making sexual jokes, giving sexual or romantic gifts, and other conduct. Roughly speaking, sexual harassment is either quid pro quo or hostile work environment harassment.
Anti-discrimination laws also include prohibitions against retaliation. This is any adverse action taken by a company against an employee due to their engaging in any protected activity, including complaining to HR, filing a charge of discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, participating in an investigation of harassment, requesting a reasonable accommodation as a disabled worker, and filing a lawsuit.
For example, if you report racial harassment by your coworkers, but instead of reprimanding them or taking measures to stop it, your employer terminates you to avoid further trouble, this would be retaliation. Your employer may be held liable for retaliation even if it turns out that you were wrong about the underlying discrimination or harassment.Contact an Experienced Employment Lawyer in New Jersey
New Jersey is a relatively affluent state that is home to many major industries, including shipping, science, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, and telecommunications. It has an extensive transportation system. If you are in need of a New Jersey employment attorney, the experienced litigators at Phillips & Associates may be able to help. We strive to obtain the greatest possible compensation for our clients. Contact us at (609) 436-9087 or through our online form to set up a free appointment if you need a discrimination lawyer or assistance with another type of employment claim. We fight workplace misconduct in communities, such as Passaic, Bergen, Morris, Essex, Union, Hudson, Somerset, Middlesex, Monmouth, Mercer, Burlington and Camden Counties..