Wrongful Termination for Discrimination in Essex County
If you lost your job because your employer or supervisor discriminated against you, you may be able to claim wrongful termination and file a lawsuit against your former employer. The New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (LAD), as well as other state and federal laws, make it illegal to discriminate against an employee based on personal characteristics. This means that it is not only illegal to fire an employee because of these characteristics but also to use these traits as a factor in any other negative employment decisions, such as a pay cut, transfer, or demotion.
New Jersey’s LAD has some of the broadest protections for antidiscrimination laws in NJ and protects from discrimination based on any of these traits:
- Blood or Cellular Traits
- Gender Identity or Expression
- Genetic Information
- Marital Status
- Military Service
- Nation of Origin
- Sexual Orientation
If these traits are used as a factor in dismissing you from your job, you could be entitled to file a wrongful termination lawsuit.
Wrongful Termination for Victims of Sexual Harassment
Sexual harassment has no part in the workplace. If you are approached by a supervisor, employer, or coworker who demands sexual favors or repeatedly makes the workplace an uncomfortable and unsafe place, you should never lose your job because of it. People with power may go so far as to threaten to fire you for refusing sexual favors. This is a completely illegal basis for firing an employee, and the law protects victims of sexual harassment from having to give in to outrageous demands to keep their jobs. These rules also work to protect from harassment other than sexual harassment.
Retaliation and Whistleblower Protections for Wrongful Termination
Dozens of proverbs and sayings praise those who stand up for what is right and report problems. In the workplace, this is rarely rewarded as it should be, and you may fear that your employer will punish you for reporting illegal acts, discrimination, sexual harassment, or other problems in the workplace. Multiple rules act to protect whistleblowers and other conscientious employees who report problems at work.
If you complain to a supervisor or report illegal acts to the proper authorities, multiple laws step in to protect your job. This means that your employer cannot try to get revenge against you for uncovering violations, reporting sexual harassment, or complaining about discrimination. If you work for the government, you may also be protected from retaliation for speech you made or viewpoints you hold as a private citizen.
Call Our Essex County Wrongful Termination Attorneys for a Free Consultation
If you or a loved one faced discrimination, harassment, retaliation, or other problems that lead to losing your job, talk to an attorney about filing a wrongful termination lawsuit against your employer. These lawsuits can help to reclaim any lost wages and benefits, punish your employer, and reinstate you to your position, where appropriate. For a free consultation on your case, contact the Essex County wrongful termination lawyers at The Law Offices of Usmaan Sleemi today at (973) 453-4060.