New Jersey Race Discrimination

Employment Attorneys Protecting the Rights of New Jersey Workers

It is unlawful for employers to engage in Race discrimination against employees. Race discrimination occurs when an employer engages in differential treatment of workers based on their Race. If this happens to you, it is important to promptly consult an employment discrimination lawyer.

Any sort of comments or “jokes” about race can be illegal. But Discrimination may also include any sort of adverse employment action, including failure to hire or promote, termination, layoffs, demotions, and failure to provide benefits. It may also include harassment. The experienced New Jersey race discrimination lawyers at Phillips & Associates have a track record of success in this area and can provide aggressive, knowledgeable representation. If you have been a victim of racist comments or remarks in the workplace call our discrimination attorneys for a free consultation at 609-436-9087.

Race Discrimination

When you apply to a job or are considered for a promotion, your employer should make its decisions based on merit. Unfortunately, in some cases, an employer unfairly uses Race or color as a deciding factor when deciding who should be promoted and how much pay that person should receive. The New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (NJLAD) prohibits differential treatment of employees based on Race, as well as their color, nationality, national origin, and ancestry. This law applies to a greater number employers as it covers small businesses as well as large. The federal law; Title VII of the Civil Rights Act only covers employers with at least 15 employees.

Sometimes Race discrimination is not explicit but is a result of a facially neutral practice that has a disparate impact on people of a certain Race. Our Race discrimination attorneys can guide New Jersey workers through claims on this basis as well.

Racial Harassment and a Hostile Work Environment

Race or color may be a basis of harassment on the job. Due to the history of slavery and Race discrimination in the United States, racial insults may have a particularly great potential to harm a worker, and they may result in serious emotional distress, anxiety, insomnia, and other negative effects.

If you are harassed based on your Race or color, you may bring a claim of hostile work environment harassment against your employer. The harassment needs to be either severe or pervasive. That means that even a single racial epithet may be sufficient to claim Race discrimination under the NJLAD or Title VII as severe). Or, if the comments are not necessarily severe, but they are constant and repetitive (pervasive) you may still have a claim for a hostile work environment.

Perceived Race Discrimination

Perceived Race Discrimination is where you are called names or made fun of because of a race that people perceive you to be, even though you are of a different race. For example, if a Hispanic man decides to grow out his beard, and people at work start to call him a “terrorist” or “stupid Arab” or tell him to “go back to the Middle East”, even though he is not Middle Eastern, that is perceived race discrimination.

Contact an Experienced Race Discrimination Lawyer in New Jersey

Race discrimination cay be extremely upsetting for an employee. The New Jersey Race discrimination attorneys at Phillips & Associates are aggressive and knowledgeable advocates for employees who have suffered from discrimination or harassment. You should contact us as soon as you are aware that you may have a claim. Call us at (609) 436-9087 or use our online form to set up an appointment. We help people in Passaic, Bergen, Morris, Essex, Union, Hudson, Somerset, Middlesex, Monmouth, Mercer, Burlington and Camden Counties.

PHILLIPS & ASSOCIATES
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Princeton, NJ 08540
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Managing Partner in New Jersey - Bryan Arce