Phillips & Associates

Princeton Discrimination

Employment Lawyers Representing Princeton Residents and Employees

Discrimination in the workplace focuses on traits of a worker that have nothing to do with their ability to do the job such as Race, Religion, Gender, Nationality, Pregnancy, Criminal History, and Age, as well as Sexual Harassment. Discrimination is harmful and may result in a worker losing their job, a qualified applicant not being hired, unequal pay, a failure to pay equal benefits, and other negative consequences. Under federal and New Jersey state law, New Jersey employers are not permitted to discriminate against their employees on the basis of various protected characteristics. If you feel that you have been harassed, discriminated against, or retaliated against (for making complaints) at work, the experienced Princeton discrimination attorneys at Phillips & Associates can assist you.

Take Legal Action After Discrimination in the Workplace

One of the primary federal anti-discrimination laws is Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which is enforced by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Discrimination under Title VII may consist of an adverse employment action taken against an employee due to a characteristic protected by Title VII, such as Race, Religion, Gender, Nationality, Pregnancy, Criminal History, and Age, as well as Sexual Harassment. Sexual harassment, for example, is considered a form of sex/gender discrimination. Generally, a charge must be filed with the EEOC before bringing a lawsuit arising out of a Title VII violation.

Title VII only applies to employers with 15 or more employees, so people who work for smaller employers may need to look to the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (NJLAD). The NJLAD protects a greater variety of traits, including creed, family status, marital or domestic partnership or civil union status, and atypical cellular or blood traits. It also provides explicit protection for gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation. The EEOC in its guidance and case law have recognized these aspects of identity as a basis for sex discrimination claims as well. Our discrimination lawyers can assist Princeton residents in taking legal action based on violations of federal or state laws.

Damages Available In Employment Discrimination Cases

The types of damages that you may recover for a discrimination lawsuit vary depending on the law under which you are trying to recover compensation. Under Title VII and other laws enforced by the EEOC, you may recover compensatory damages and possibly punitive damages in cases involving intentional discrimination based on protected characteristics. Compensatory damages include emotional distress damages and out-of-pocket costs, such as medical expenses or job search expenses. Punitive damages may be awarded when an employer's discriminatory actions are especially egregious or reckless. There are limits on recovery under federal laws enforced by the EEOC, depending on the size of the employer. For example, the limit on recovery if an employer has 15-100 employees is $50,000. If a discrimination claim is brought under New Jersey's discrimination law, by contrast, there are no statutory damages caps imposed.

Consult a Discrimination Attorney in Princeton or the Surrounding Areas

Princeton has been ranked among the top 20 towns to live in the United States. Notable people who have lived there include T.S. Eliot, Richard Ford, Robert Fagles, Albert Einstein, Ethan Hawke, Toni Morrison, John Forbes Nash, Jr., and Woodrow Wilson. If you believe that you have been subjected to unlawful discriminatory on the job, the Princeton discrimination lawyers at Phillips & Associates may be able to counsel you and represent you in a lawsuit for damages. Contact us at (609) 436-9087 or through our online form to schedule a free appointment. Our employment lawyers help people in Passaic, Bergen, Morris, Essex, Union, Hudson, Somerset, Middlesex, Monmouth, Mercer, Burlington and Camden Counties.

Managing Partner in New Jersey - Bryan Arce

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Hands down the best law firm for labor disputes in NYC. Being in the restaurant industry for more than 30 years I can say that this law firm is the number one choice for workers in the restaurant business that need to sue their company for wrongful termination. A special compliment to my lawyer Brittany Stevens. An amazing person and well prepared experienced lawyer. She was professional and empathetic to my case and worked in a time appropriate manner. She never miss a phone call at any hour of the day.The other associates that assisted Brittany were Yusha Hiraman, Eugenio Benvenuto and Katerina Housos. They were all professional and answered any questions or concerns that I had. Brittany and her team helped me with what I needed, when I needed it. I want to thank them all (especially Brittany), for a job well done. Massimo
Jesse Weinstein handled my discrimination case. He was extremely patient and understanding throughout the process and remained professional and consistent even when I could not. I really felt like he had my back and I didn't have to worry. His expertise, combined with the experience of the Firm, resulted in the best possible outcome of my case. Although I wouldn't wish what I went through on anyone, things do and always will happen and I would highly recommend Jesse and this Firm to anyone facing discrimination or other workplace issues. Karen
I was a client with this law firm. I can't stress enough how awesome and professional the people are here. Silvia & Erica made me feel so comfortable and welcome. I never had to guess anything. Anytime I call, emailed, or even texted. They were always there. If not they would get back to me as soon as possible. My case was not an easy situation for me but I tell you these guys made it seem like it was. I'm so glad that I use Phillip & Phillip. I thank you guys from the bottom of my heart. I am so grateful to have met such awesome, honest, and caring people. Thank you again. Djuana
I highly recommend Parisis (Gerry) Fillippatos with Phillips & Associates to represent you for employment related matters. He and his team were professional, attentive to every detail and brilliant at identifying the legal grounds to win the case. Parisis's communication and delivery were highly articulate and precise. He is personable and makes you feel comfortable in the maze of legal jargon. Finally, his confidence, perseverance and masterful negotiation skills deliver the win. Anonymous
I had an excellent experience with this team! Thanks, Marjorie, Brittany, and Candy for your great support and prompt answers to all my questions. I highly recommend this firm. This team works very hard and I am extremely happy with the results. Ana