Passaic County, NJ Employment Lawyer
You likely spend at least half your waking hours at work. It is important for a workplace to be a nice place to spend your time. If you are plagued by sexual harassment, discrimination, or unpaid wages, your job could be miserable. It is important to fight for your rights if your boss or supervisor fails to follow state and federal rules for your workplace.
If you or a loved one is facing discrimination or harassment, is being underpaid, or has been wrongfully terminated from their job in Passaic County or the surrounding areas, call The Law Offices of Usmaan Sleemi. Passaic County, NJ employment lawyer Usmaan Sleemi represents victims of unfair work practices and fights to have their case heard and to have their lost wages and other damages covered. For a free consultation on your case, call (973) 453-4060 today.
Types of Employment Law Cases in New Jersey
New Jersey’s employment laws are robust and have dozens of protections for employers in the workplace. It is important to understand your rights so that you can recognize unfair treatment in the workplace and spot when your employer is taking advantage of you. Our employment lawyers work in many fields of employment law to help you fight to protect your rights and file lawsuits when your boss has violated your rights. We help our clients with problems in any of the following areas of employment law, and more:
You have the right to have an employer judge you by your accomplishments and merits – not the color of your skin, your religion, a disability, or any other unjust factors. You can sue for employment discrimination if you are wrongfully fired because of any of these factors, but you can also file for employment discrimination based on:
- Failure to hire,
- Failure to promote,
- Transfer or demotion,
- Denied benefits,
- Mistreatment in the workplace,
- Unequal pay,
- Harassment based on a protected feature, and other problems in the workplace.
New Jersey’s Law Against Discrimination (LAD) often protects more people from discrimination than federal laws. Under NJ laws, you are protected from discrimination based on:
- Blood or Cellular Condition/Traits
- Gender Expression
- Gender Identity
- Marital Status
- Military Service
- Nation of Origin
- Sexual Orientation
Wrongful termination cases often deal with firing based on discrimination, but there are other ways to make a wrongful termination claim. Many people are fired for speaking up about unethical or illegal practices, but these firings are illegal under whistleblower protection laws. Others might be fired for practicing free speech, which constitutes wrongful termination for many public sector workers. Additionally, you could be fired for refusing sexual advances or reporting other sexual harassment issues. These are all examples of illegal justifications for firing an employee, and any of these problems could allow you to sue your employer for wrongful termination.
Wrongful termination lawsuits may also be part of a breach of contract claim if your boss fired you in violation of an employment contract or company policy.
Sexual Harassment and Hostile Work Environment
It is illegal for employers to actively sexually harass their employees, but it is also illegal for your employer to tolerate or allow sexual harassment from your supervisors or your coworkers. There are two general types of sexual harassment in the workplace: quid pro quo sexual harassment and hostile work environment sexual harassment. In cases of quid pro quo harassment, people are asked to exchange sexual favors for employment favors, like a promotion, overlooking an error, or expanded access or work duties.
Hostile work environment harassment occurs when you are forced to undergo hostile or intimidating conditions on an ongoing basis. In some cases, hostile work environment cases can include more than just sexual harassment and could include bullying, violence, abuse, or other mistreatments in the workplace.
New Jersey state law guarantees $8.60 per hour for most workers in 2018. This means that your employer cannot pay you less than this without meeting certain qualifications. For instance, tipped workers have a “tip credit” of $5.12 per hour, so their minimum hourly wage is only $2.13. Many employees make more than this, and those amounts may be subject to employee handbooks, contracts, or other statements from your employer. If your employer fails to pay you minimum wage or refuses to pay you what you deserve, you may be able to take them to court. This includes suing if your employer fails to give you equal pay for equal work or commits other equal pay violations.
Passaic County Employment Lawyer for Employees
If you or a loved one is suffering from problems at work, talk to an employment lawyer about your case. The Passaic County, New Jersey employment discrimination attorneys at The Law Offices of Usmaan Sleemi fight to help our clients vindicate their rights, get the pay they deserve, and keep their jobs. For a free consultation on your case, contact our law offices today at (973) 453-4060.