Taking Legal Action to Resolve your Rights Violation
Most employees in the United States are covered by our federal employee protection laws. These laws include:
Additionally, New Jersey has laws in place that provide even greater protections for employees. Two notable examples are New Jersey law’s explicit prohibition of discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and our state’s paid family leave programs.
The type of rights violation you face determines the government agency with which you may file a violation claim. If you feel your federally guaranteed rights were violated, you may file a claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). If the violation you experienced involved a state-level law, you may file a claim with the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights (DCR). After reviewing your case, your lawyer can determine which of these agencies should receive your claim.
Once the EEOC or DCR receives a violation claim, it investigates the case to determine whether a violation has actually occurred. If so, it may facilitate a settlement for the employee or file a lawsuit in pursuit of compensation for the employee’s damages.