The federal government and New Jersey’s state government have laws in place to protect working people from being injured at work, facing discrimination at work, and being unfairly denied a fair wage and other employee rights. Despite these laws’ existence, employee rights violations occur regularly across the nation. If you feel you have faced this type of violation at work, an experienced Garfield employment law attorney can help you gain a deeper understanding of the situation and potentially pursue compensation for your damages.
At the Law Offices of Usmaan Sleemi, we are committed to helping employees like you pursue justice and when applicable, financial compensation for your losses related to the violations of your rights.
CASE TYPES WE HANDLE
Our office works with individuals facing the following:
- Contract negotiation issues;
- FMLA violations;
- Hostile work environments;
- Whistleblower rights violations;
- Wage and hour disputes;
- Workplace discrimination;
- Sexual harassment; and
- Severance review challenges.
TAKING ACTION WHEN YOUR RIGHTS ARE VIOLATED
If you feel your employee rights were violated in some way, it is your job to speak up and take action. Document every incident you face where you feel you have faced a violation, such as instances where you are asked to continue working after you have clocked out or interactions where you feel you have faced harassment. The documentation you keep is the evidence you will use to support your violation claim, should you choose to file one. Before discussing your case with an employment lawyer, discuss it with your company’s Human Resources department. If you cannot resolve it internally at this point, consider taking legal action.
NEW JERSEY EMPLOYMENT LAW VS FEDERAL EMPLOYMENT LAW
There are certain federal laws that nearly every employer in the United States must comply with, like the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA) and the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938. In addition to these federal laws, many states have additional laws in place to provide greater protection for employees. In New Jersey, these laws include the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (NJLAD) and the New Jersey Equal Pay Act (NJEPA), a 2018 law that amended NJLAD.
In New Jersey, employment discrimination and other violation claims are handled by the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights (DCR). Federal violation claims are filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). After filing a claim with either agency, the agency investigates the claim to determine whether a violation has actually occurred. If so, the government agency may facilitate a settlement between the employee and the employer or it may file a lawsuit to pursue compensation for the employee’s related damages.
WORK WITH AN EXPERIENCED GARFIELD EMPLOYMENT LAW ATTORNEY
As an employee working in New Jersey, you have certain rights. And when your rights are violated, you can suffer a variety of damages ranging from missed paychecks to substantial psychological distress. If you feel you are facing a workplace rights violation, discuss your case with an experienced Garfield employment law attorney now. Contact the Law Offices of Usmaan Sleemi today at 973-453-4060 to schedule your initial legal consultation.
Law Office of Usmaan Sleemi
New Jersey Office:
90 E Halsey Rd,
Parsippany, New Jersey 07054