When Can You Sue for Gender Discrimination?
Under New Jersey law, gender discrimination becomes illegal when committed in conjunction with an employment opportunity. Gender discrimination in employment situations applies from the advertisement of a position all the way to the discharge of the employee.
An employer cannot use discriminatory criteria when hiring or firing an employee, when deciding on employee wages, or when determining employment benefits. If an employer refuses to hire an individual because of their gender, they must provide the applicant with a justification that shows the criteria was reasonably necessary to the normal operation of the business. This standard cannot be used to disqualify applicants based on client preferences or gender stereotypes. If you were fired, demoted, denied benefits, or otherwise treated unfairly due to your gender, you may have grounds to file a claim under various state and federal laws.
Note that private clubs, associations, and organizations are generally exempt from New Jersey’s Law Against Discrimination.
Damages Available for Gender Discrimination in New Jersey
If you believe that you have been a victim of gender discrimination in the workplace, one of the first actions you should take is to communicate this sentiment to the person or employer who caused the discrimination. If the person does not rectify the situation after you communicate that their gender-related behaviors are having a negative impact on you or your work, you should contact an experienced gender discrimination attorney like Usmaan Sleemi for help understanding your legal options.
The Division on Civil Rights enforces NJ’s Law Against Discrimination. The Division allows you to file a claim within 180 days of the discrimination and determines whether you have a cause of action under the LAD. A discrimination lawyer can help prepare and file this claim for you.
Damages (compensation) for gender discrimination are dependent upon the situation. For example, a job applicant who proves they were discriminated against because of their gender may be placed in the position he or she was unfairly denied. However, this is an optional remedy, as many people may not want to work in a position if they believe they will still face discrimination. Claimants may also receive damages for pain, humiliation, or emotional distress caused by the illegal discrimination. Reasonable attorney fees are also awarded if the claimant was represented by counsel.
NJ’s Law Against Discrimination also protects employees who face retaliation for reporting or filing a complaint about gender discrimination. The LAD protects your right to file a claim without fear of punishment or reprisals.
Northern New Jersey Gender Discrimination Attorney Usmaan Sleemi Can File Your Claim
If you or a loved one was a victim of gender discrimination in New Jersey, speak with employment discrimination attorney Usmaan Sleemi immediately. The Law Offices of Usmaan Sleemi can help you recover the compensation you deserve because of gender discrimination. Whether a case involves employment discrimination for a business you work for or have applied for, Mr. Sleemi will work tirelessly to hold discriminatory individuals and businesses accountable for their actions. To schedule a free consultation, call (973) 453-4060, or contact the Law Offices of Usmaan Sleemi online.