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Losing one’s job can be one of the most devastating events in life. The ensuing loss of livelihood and purpose can cause immeasurable financial and psychological harm. If the decision to terminate your employment was an unlawful one, you are entitled under the law to recoup all damages, monetary and emotional, that you incurred as a result of it. All individuals also have the right to be free from intimidation, harassment, discrimination and retaliation in the workplace. Employers that fail to take appropriate measures to ensure these rights can be held liable for any and all harm that you suffer.

The New Jersey employment law attorneys at Poulos LoPiccolo appreciate that many difficult types of disputes can arise in the workplace. We therefore represent individuals and small businesses in all areas of employment law. Our legal representation includes counseling, negotiation and, when necessary, litigation. No employment matter is too large for our law firm. We litigate claims on behalf of clients under a number of State and federal laws including, but not limited to, the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (LAD), New Jersey Conscientious Employee Protection Act (CEPA), New Jersey Wage and Hour Law, New Jersey Wage Payment Law, New Jersey Family Leave Act and the FMLA.

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In New Jersey, common employment law cases often involve issues such as wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, and wage disputes. These cases frequently arise under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (NJLAD), which prohibits discrimination based on various protected characteristics, such as race, sex, age, disability, and religion. Other prevalent cases pertain to the New Jersey Family Leave Act, the New Jersey Wage and Hour Law, and the Conscientious Employee Protection Act (CEPA), also known as the “whistleblower” law. Retaliation claims are also common, wherein employees allege that they were unfairly treated or terminated for exercising their rights or reporting unlawful conduct in the workplace. Given the complexity of these cases, it is crucial for both employees and employers to seek legal counsel to navigate the intricacies of New Jersey employment law and protect their rights.

Discriminatory Discharge

Discriminatory discharge occurs when an employer terminates an employee based on protected characteristics, such as age, race, sex, national origin, disability, or religion. This practice is illegal under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (NJLAD) and federal anti-discrimination laws. Hiring a law firm can help employees who have been wrongfully discharged file complaints with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and pursue legal action if necessary.

EEOC Charges & Complaints

The EEOC is responsible for enforcing federal laws that prohibit employment discrimination. Employees who believe they have experienced discrimination in the workplace can file a charge with the EEOC. A skilled law firm can guide employees through the complaint process and ensure that their rights are protected throughout the investigation.

Employment Contract Dispute

Employment contract disputes may arise when an employee or employer believes that the other party has breached the terms of their agreement. These disputes can involve various issues, including non-compete agreements, severance agreements, or unpaid wages. A knowledgeable law firm can help both employees and employers navigate these disputes and find a resolution that upholds the contract terms.

Equal Pay Disparity

Equal pay disparity occurs when employees of one gender are paid less than employees of the opposite gender for performing substantially similar work. This practice is prohibited under both federal and state laws, including the New Jersey Equal Pay Act. A law firm experienced in handling equal pay claims can help employees pursue legal action to rectify pay disparities.

Family Leave Act and FMLA

The New Jersey Family Leave Act (NJFLA) and the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) require employers to provide eligible employees with unpaid, job-protected leave for certain family or medical reasons. Employers who fail to comply with these laws may face legal consequences. A law firm can help employees understand their rights under the NJFLA and FMLA and assist with enforcing these rights if necessary.

Gender Discrimination

Gender discrimination occurs when an employee is treated unfairly because of their sex or gender identity. This form of discrimination is prohibited under the NJLAD and federal anti-discrimination laws. A law firm with experience in gender discrimination cases can help employees who have experienced such treatment seek legal remedies.

Hostile Work Environment

A hostile work environment is one in which an employee is subjected to unwelcome and offensive conduct based on their protected characteristics, such as race, sex, or religion. This conduct must be severe or pervasive enough to create an abusive working environment. An experienced law firm can help employees who have experienced a hostile work environment pursue legal action against the responsible parties.

National Origin Discrimination

National origin discrimination occurs when an employee is treated unfairly based on their country of origin, ethnicity, or accent. This form of discrimination is prohibited under both state and federal laws. A law firm with experience in national origin discrimination cases can help employees pursue legal action to address this form of discrimination.

Non-Compete Agreements

Non-compete agreements are contracts between employers and employees that restrict the employee’s ability to work for a competitor or start a competing business for a specified period after their employment ends. A law firm can help employees and employers understand their rights when it comes to workplace contracts.

Skilled New Jersey Employment Lawyers

If you’ve been treated unfairly at work based on your age, race, religion, gender, disability or any other protected characteristic, or if you’ve been retaliated against for complaining about discrimination, harassment, or wage and hour violations, we’ll work to hold your employer accountable to you and restore you to at least the position you were in before the mistreatment occurred, if not better. Contact the experienced New Jersey employment attorneys at Poulos LoPiccolo PC.

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