Workplace discrimination is prohibited under federal and state laws. At Phillips & Associates, our experienced Newark discrimination lawyers can help you file a lawsuit when appropriate. In many cases, lives may be devastated by employment decisions that focus on identity rather than work performance. You may recover damages that are meant to put you back into the same or similar place in which you would have been had the discrimination not taken place. Our firm has a strong track record of success in claims arising out of discrimination based on Race, Religion, Gender, Nationality, Pregnancy, Criminal History, and Age, as well as Sexual Harassment.Pursuing a Discrimination Claim
Workplace discrimination occurs when an employer treats an employee differently or less favorably due to their belonging in a protected category. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) enforces several federal anti-discrimination laws, including laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of Race, Religion, Gender, Nationality, Pregnancy, Criminal History, and Age (as long as you are 40 or older), as well as Sexual Harassment.
Discrimination may involve any sort of differential treatment, including a seemingly neutral policy or practice that has a disparate impact on people from a particular protected category. It also includes harassment by managers, coworkers, customers, and clients, when that harassment is based on your Race, Religion, Gender, Nationality, Pregnancy, Criminal History, and Age, as well as Sexual Harassment.Retaliation After a Complaint of Discrimination
Complaining about job discrimination or assisting with an investigation of workplace discrimination is a protected activity. Your employer is not allowed to retaliate against you for exercising this right. Retaliation may take many different forms. An action is prohibited as retaliatory if it would cause a reasonable person to avoid engaging in protected activity for fear of such an action. For example, if you complain to HR about sexual harassment by a coworker, and the next day, your supervisor reassigns you to a different project group supervised by someone else because he does not want to work with you anymore, this is retaliation. Our discrimination attorneys can assist Newark residents and others in bringing cases that include retaliation claims.
The New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (NJLAD) is a state law that generally provides greater protection than federal law. In addition to the categories under federal law, the NJLAD also protects, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, domestic partnership or civil union status, age, ancestry, past criminal history, color, creed, and race. The NJLAD also applies to smaller employers and protects more categories of workers. Unlike federal anti-discrimination laws enforced by the EEOC, it does not have a special damages cap. In many instances, it is wise to bring a claim under the NJLAD rather than federal law, but it is important to consult an attorney about important differences that might apply to your case and what would be right for you.Contact an Experienced Discrimination Lawyer in the Newark Area
As the seat of Essex County, Newark is the most populous city in New Jersey. Its waterfront is a key part of The Port of New York and New Jersey. If you believe that you have suffered from mistreatment on the job, the Newark discrimination attorneys at Phillips & Associates may be able to counsel you and represent you in a lawsuit for damages. Contact us at (609) 436-9087 or use our online form to set up a free appointment with an employment attorney.Our employment lawyers help people in Passaic, Bergen, Morris, Essex, Union, Hudson, Somerset, Middlesex, Monmouth, Mercer, Burlington and Camden Counties.