New Jersey Wrongful Termination Attorneys
New Jersey is an “at will” employment state, meaning your employer has the right to fire you for just about every reason, whether or not there’s an actual cause. Even if your boss just doesn’t like you for personal reasons, in our “at will” state, firing you likely isn’t against the law. However, laws do exist to protect employees from wrongful termination.
If you have a written or implied contract with your employer to work for a specified amount of time or achieve certain goals, you may have grounds for a wrongful termination lawsuit. Additionally, you cannot be fired for reasons that violate public policy or discriminate against a protected class.
How A New Brunswick NJ Wrongful Termination Attorney Can Help
You may have been a victim of unlawful or wrongful termination if you were fired for any of the following reasons:
- Race, sex, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, religion, or another protected classification
- Marital or family status
- Requesting overtime, rest breaks, or lunch breaks
- Requesting an accommodation for a disability or related issue
- Refusing to enter an unsafe workplace
- Political affiliation or taking time to vote
- Serving jury duty
- Taking maternity leave
- Taking medical or family leave
- Opposing unlawful activity
- Refusing to sign an unlawful non-compete clause
Our wrongful termination lawyers sit down with you, listen, and help decide if you have a case. We understand New Jersey law and work tirelessly for our clients. If you believe you suffered wrongful termination, 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 attorney 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.
Experienced Wrongful Termination Law Firm
If you've been wrongfully terminated from your job in New Jersey, it's important to consult with an experienced wrongful termination lawyer. We have extensive experience handling these types of cases and can help you fight for the compensation you deserve.
Wrongful termination occurs when an employer fires an employee for an illegal or discriminatory reason. In New Jersey, employees are considered at-will, which means they can be terminated at any time, with or without cause. However, there are exceptions to this rule. If you've been fired for an illegal or discriminatory reason, you may have a claim for wrongful termination.
Some examples of illegal or discriminatory reasons for termination include:
- Firing an employee because of their race, religion, gender, or national origin
- Firing an employee in retaliation for filing a complaint or participating in an investigation
- Firing an employee for refusing to do something illegal
If you've been wrongfully terminated, it's important to consult with an experienced attorney who can protect your rights. At Garces, Grabler & LeBrocq, we have the knowledge necessary to help you navigate the legal process and fight for the compensation you deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation.
What is wrongful termination in New Jersey?
In New Jersey, employers are legally allowed to terminate workers for performance reasons, regardless of the accuracy of their assessment. At the same time, employers are not required to show just cause for dismissal. This gives employers free rein to take adverse employment actions against employees and allows them to make their discriminatory actions seem legitimate.
However, a wrongful termination claim may arise under the following circumstances:
- If an employer has violated an employment contract,
- If an employer has terminated an employee in violation of public policy, or
- If an employer has used illegal discrimination as the basis for the termination.
- A wrongful termination claim can be filed with either the New Jersey Division of Civil Rights or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
If you have been wrongfully terminated from your job in New Jersey, it is important to speak with an experienced employment law attorney who can help you understand your rights and options. Call Garces, Grabler & LeBrocq today for a free consultation.
Wrongful Termination due to Discrimination
It is against the law for employers to terminate employees based on a protected characteristic, such as age, race, religion, color, national origin, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or military/veteran status. If you have been wrongfully terminated due to discrimination, you may be able to file a claim against your employer. Contact an experienced employment law attorney to discuss your case and determine what options are available to you.
Employment Contracts/Implied Promises
If you have been wrongfully terminated from your job, it is important to understand that you may have grounds for a claim based on breach of contract. This is true whether your employment contract was written or implied.
When it comes to written contracts, there are typically two types that can establish the terms of your employment: an express contract and an implied contract. An express contract is one in which the terms of your employment are explicitly stated in a written agreement between you and your employer. An implied contract, on the other hand, is one in which the terms of your employment are not expressly stated but are instead implied by the actions or words of your employer.
If you believe you have been wrongfully terminated from your job, it is important to speak with an experienced wrongful termination attorney who can review your case and determine if you have grounds for a claim based on breach of contract. Our attorneys have extensive experience handling all types of wrongful termination claims, and we are here to help you every step of the way. Contact us today for a free consultation.
Violations of Public Policy
If you are fired in New Jersey for exercising a legal right or performing community services, such as voting, military service, or jury duty, you may have a claim for violation of public policy.
To prove a violation of public policy, you must show that:
- You were engaged in a protected activity.
- Your employer knew that you were engaged in the protected activity.
- You were fired because you participated in the protected activity; and
- The firing violates a clear public policy.
If you can prove that your employer violated public policy, you may be entitled to reinstatement, lost wages, and other damages. You should consult with an experienced employment law attorney to discuss your case.
If you were fired for whistleblower retaliation or exercising your legal rights, you need an aggressive employment lawyer by your side. Whistleblower retaliation is when an employer takes adverse action against an employee for reporting wrongdoing or participating in an investigation. This is illegal and protected under the law. If you have been retaliated against, contact an experienced attorney today to discuss your case.
An employer cannot terminate an employee for exercising a legal right, such as:
- Complaining about discrimination or harassment
- Reporting safety violations or unlawful conduct (whistleblowing)
- Participating in an investigation into alleged wrongdoing by an employer
These are just a few examples of illegal retaliatory actions by an employer. If you have been the victim of retaliation, don't hesitate to contact an employment lawyer to discuss your case.
You have rights and we can help protect them.
Why Choose Us for Your Wrongful Termination Claim?
If you've been wrongfully terminated, it's important to consult with an experienced attorney who can help you explore your legal options. At Garces, Grabler & LeBrocq, we have extensive experience handling wrongful termination claims and will work tirelessly to help you obtain the compensation you deserve.
Some of the damages that may be available to you if you've been wrongfully terminated include:
- Lost wages (past and future)
- Lost benefits (e.g., bonuses, health insurance)
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Attorneys’ fees/legal costs
Don't let your wrongful termination go unresolved, contact us today to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced attorneys.
How Much Will My Wrongful Termination Case Cost?
No two wrongful termination cases are alike, so it's impossible to give a definitive answer when asked how much a case might cost. However, some general guidelines can help give you an idea of what to expect in terms of costs.
First and foremost, it's important to understand that most wrongful termination cases are handled on a contingency basis. This means that your attorney will only be paid when you win your case. If you don't win, you won't owe your attorney anything.
Of course, even on a contingency basis, there are still some costs associated with pursuing a wrongful termination claim. Your attorney will likely need to invest time and money in investigating your case and building a strong argument for why you were wrongfully terminated. Additionally, if your case goes to trial, there will be additional costs associated with taking your case to court.
In terms of how much you can expect to pay out of pocket, it really depends on the specifics of your case. If you have a strong case and win your case, you may be entitled to reimbursement for your attorney's fees and costs. If your case is more complicated or goes to trial, you may end up paying more out of pocket. Ultimately, it will depend on the facts of your case.
If you think you have been wrongfully terminated, it's important to speak with an experienced wrongful termination attorney to discuss your case and find out how much it might cost to pursue a claim.
How Long Will My Wrongful Termination Case Take?
Most wrongful termination cases will take several months to resolve. The first step is usually filing a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The EEOC will investigate the claim and determine whether there is enough evidence to file a lawsuit. If the EEOC decides to pursue the case, it will file a lawsuit on behalf of the employee.
The EEOC will then attempt to settle with the employer. If the EEOC is unable to settle, the case will go to trial. A trial can take months or even years to resolve. If you have been wrongfully terminated, it is important to consult with an experienced employment attorney. An attorney can help you navigate the legal process and ensure that your rights are protected.
Contact Our Experienced New Jersey Wrongful Termination Attorneys
If you have been wrongfully terminated from your job, or if you believe you have been fired illegally, the experienced New Jersey wrongful termination attorneys at Garces, Grabler and LeBrocq can help. We will work to achieve the best possible outcome for you, whether through negotiation, arbitration, or litigation.
Contact our office today for a consultation. We have offices conveniently located in Newark, New Brunswick, Jersey City, Paterson, and Elizabeth.