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Passaic County, NJ Employment Lawyer

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 –

Employment Discrimination

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:

  • Age
  • Ancestry
  • Blood or Cellular Condition/Traits
  • Color
  • Creed/Religion
  • Disability
  • Gender Expression
  • Gender Identity
  • Marital Status
  • Military Service
  • Nationality
  • Nation of Origin
  • Race
  • Sex
  • Sexual Orientation

Wrongful Termination

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.

Wage Disputes

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.

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