Law Against Discrimination
Are you being harassed at the workplace because of your sex, race or other protected trait? Do you believe you have been unlawfully terminated from your employment? The New Jersey employment lawyers at Smith Eibeler, LLC represent employees who are victims of unlawful discrimination throughout the state of New Jersey.
The New Jersey Law Against Discrimination protects employees of New Jersey from unlawful discrimination at the workplace. New Jersey discrimination laws make it illegal to discriminate against an employee because of his or her age, ancestry, military service, color, creed, disability, marital status, domestic partnership status, national origin, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity. In order to have a claim for violation of the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination, the discrimination complained of must be based upon one of the specifically enumerated characteristics.
The New Jersey Law Against Discrimination not only protects employees who work in New Jersey but also individuals who are seeking employment in New Jersey. Independent contractors are not considered employees and therefore do not receive the protections provided under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination. All employer, labor organizations and employment agencies are subject to the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination. Additionally, any person who aids and abets a violation of the law will be found liable.
There are several different forms of unlawful discrimination under the Law Against Discrimination. For instance, it is an unlawful employment practice to discriminate against an individual in compensation or in terms, conditions or privileges of employment. It is also unlawful to take retaliatory action against an employee because the employee opposed any practice or act forbidden under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination or for exercising any right provided by the law that an employer knows or should know the existence of. Additionally, an employer will be in violation of the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination if it permits a hostile work environment to be directed at one or more of its employees based upon a protected characteristic of the employee. The New Jersey Law Against Discrimination requires New Jersey employers to have in place a clear and accessible anti-discrimination policy. Employers must also conduct a complete and thorough investigation into any complaint of unlawful discrimination.
Our New Jersey employment attorneys have successfully litigated many forms of discrimination prohibited under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination including the following:
- Race discrimination
- Sex discrimination
- Sexual harassment
- Associational discrimination
- Disability discrimination
- Failure to reasonably accommodate
- Sexual orientation discrimination
- Pregnancy discrimination
- Age discrimination
- Marital status discrimination
- Hostile work environment
If you believe that you are a victim of discrimination, feel free to call our office to speak with one of our New Jersey discrimination lawyers to discuss the particular facts of your workplace situation.