If you believe you have been discriminated against in the workplace, or you have been denied leave unjustly, or you have been denied reasonable accommodations, you should know your rights and speak to an employment discrimination attorney right away.
Steps to Take
If you believe your employer has discriminated against you based on your race, age, pregnancy, disability, or other protected classification, you should contact an employment discrimination attorney to discuss your rights and options. It is important to know your employment rights and protections under state and federal law.
After speaking with a lawyer, you will most likely file an internal complaint with your company’s human resources department or labor union. This provides your employer with the opportunity to resolve the complaint and discrimination before resorting to the legal process. However, if you are unsatisfied with your company’s response to the discrimination or denied requests, it may be time to consider a lawsuit.
Protection Against Discrimination
The NJLAD “makes it unlawful to subject people to discrimination or harassment” based on a specific list of classifications, including: age, gender, marital status, pregnancy status, sexual orientation, and more.
Employers may be required to provide reasonable accommodations to employees with a disability or pregnancy. Examples of reasonable accommodations include modification of the employee’s work schedule, temporary modification to work activity, assistance for work activity, etc.
Temporary Leave of Absence
The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) entitles employees to time off for the birth or adoption of a child or the serious illness of a parent, spouse or child. The FMLA allows for 12 weeks off within a 12-month period.
What Qualifies As Employment Discrimination In NJ?
Discrimination in the workplace can cover a broad spectrum of activity specifically targeting members of the protected classes, including:
- Termination or Demotion
- Failure to Recruit or Hire
- Differential Treatment or Pay
- Withholding Training, Promotions or Career Advancement
- Being Subjected to Harassment or Increased Scrutiny
- The Existence of a Hostile Work Environment with Severe and Pervasive Harassment
- Terminating or Disciplining an Employee in Retaliation for Making a Complaint
An Experienced NJ Employment Discrimination Attorney Can Help You
Employment discrimination is a serious problem for both employers and employees that can damage workplace morale, diminish the dignity and livelihood of employees, and result in costly lawsuits. Whether you are an employer defending against a discrimination claim, or an employee who has been subjected to discrimination, our employment discrimination attorneys in Marlton and Red Bank can take action. We will provide you with a clear and candid evaluation of any potential employment discrimination claims, as well as all legal options and recourse available to you.