Discrimination in the Workplace
No one should ever have to suffer racial bigotry, age discrimination or a sexually hostile work environment and the accompanying humiliation. Workers are too often the victims of abuse and job discrimination by their employers.
It is entirely illegal for any employer to discriminate against you because of your age, race, color, religion, sex, disability or sexual orientation.
It is also against the law for an employer to treat you differently or harass you because of your disability, age, sex, race, national origin, religion, sexual orientation or any other protected class when:
- applying for a job
- during the course of your employment
- firing you from your job
- forcing you to retire
“At Will” Employment
New Jersey is an employment “at will” state. The majority of workers in this state are not union workers, operating under a collective bargaining agreement, nor do the vast majority of workers work under an individual employment contract guaranteeing them a specific term of employment.
“At will” employees make up the majority of our workforce in New Jersey. There are advantages and disadvantages to working as an “at will” employee. An employee “at will” may leave their job whenever they want without any concern or negative consequence resulting.
Unfortunately, however, “at will” employees can be lawfully fired for any reason (or no reason at all). An employer can be blatantly unfair or arbitrary and fire an employee for other factors such as a personality conflicts, nepotism or favoritism.
In other words, these terminations, although morally wrong, arbitrary, unfair and repulsive to our sense of decency or notions of fair play, are not unlawful under our current law. Discrimination in the workplace, however, may certainly be.
A Knowledgeable Employment Lawyer Fighting for You
The attorneys at Garces, Grabler & LeBrocq, have experience protecting employee rights in the following areas:
- Age, disability, national origin, race, religious beliefs, sex, sexual orientation and any other protected class discrimination
- Employment contracts
- Plant closings
- Restrictive covenants
- Severance packages
- Sexual harassment
- Unemployment claim disputes
- Wage and hour disputes
- Whistleblower retaliation
- Worker’s compensation
If you or someone you care about suffered job discrimination, contact an experienced attorney at Garces, Grabler & LeBrocq to discuss your case. We look forward to helping you seek justice and fair compensation.
To speak with a knowledgeable employment lawyer immediately, call us toll free at 800.923.3456 or contact us online to discuss your legal matter today.
We offer affordable legal services to working men and women. We provide both hourly and contingency fee payment arrangements, and offer payment plans in certain circumstances or when appropriate.