Get Answers To Your New Jersey Employment Law Questions

Employers are required by law to act fairly and not discriminatorily toward employees, former employees and applicants. Unfortunately, some employers fail to comply, instead violating state and federal statutes. In these circumstances, as a current, former or potential employee, you have a right to take legal action. At The Epstein Law Firm, we provide skilled representation to clients for a range of employment law disputes.

The information below can help to answer some common employment law questions.

What is employment discrimination? When an employee or group of employees is treated less fairly than others because of their protected class, that is considered discrimination. Protected classes include race, gender, age, national origin, sexual orientation, disability and other legally protected categories.

What is sexual harassment? Sexual harassment can range from a hostile work environment to "quid pro quo" (this for that) harassment. Hostile work environment harassment involves more pervasive conduct such as sexual comments, explicit jokes and unwanted touching. Quid pro quo harassment is more direct and tied to employment, such as when a supervisor requires a date or sex in exchange for favorable treatment at work.

How do I know if I have been wrongfully terminated? In New Jersey, wrongful termination occurs when an employee is released from employment based on discrimination, retaliation, or other employee violations such as failure to accommodate a disability, when an employee becomes pregnant or when an employee takes a medical leave. The best way to determine wrongful termination in your situation is to consult with an employment law attorney.

Am I a whistleblower? In New Jersey, you are considered a whistleblower if you have engaged in a legally protected activity. This usually involves reporting, speaking out against, objecting to or refusing to participate in conduct that is unlawful or that goes against public policy. Different federal and state statues have different whistleblower provisions, so it may be necessary to consult with a lawyer to determine if you qualify for that status.

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