Advocating for Employees in New Jersey
Your work comprises a large part of your life. If you work full time, you may spend more of your waking hours at work than you will spend with your family and friends. While you are there, you do your best to be a productive, valued employee. But to be productive, you need conditions that allow you to thrive. In addition to a fair wage, you have a right to work in an environment that is free of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation.
While most employees are considered “at will,” you nevertheless have certain rights under federal and New Jersey state law. Our attorneys fight on behalf of employees who experience discrimination, sexual harassment, retaliation for whistleblowing or reporting wrong doing, and more.
Our attorneys have successfully represented clients in a broad range of employment law matters including:
Federal Law and the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination strongly prohibits employers from discriminating against you because of your age, race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, pregnancy status, disability, or national origin.
Workplace discrimination comes in many forms. The law prevents your employer from discriminating against you in any job-related action, including hiring, discipline, suspending, discharging, or compensation.
Hostile Work Environment
Employers in New Jersey are required to provide you with a workplace that is free from harassment. The law does not require your workplace to be free from all vulgarity or offensive conduct.
The New Jersey Law Against Discrimination prevents you from being humiliated, intimidated, disparaged, threatened, or treated differently at work because of your age, race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, pregnancy status, disability, or national origin.
We strongly recommend that you immediately report and document all such harassment. If you have complained to your employer about the harassment and it has not stopped, or your employer has not done anything to address it, our employment lawyers can work to hold them accountable.
Sexual language or jokes, unwanted advances or touching, the display of sexually graphic photos or images or sexting– all of these and more fall under the category of sexual harassment. As we have seen from the #MeToo movement, women are the most common targets of this type of harassment, anyone can become a victim regardless of their gender or rank within the company.
We strongly recommend that you immediately report and document all such sexual harassment. Our attorneys help victims fight back and make it known that this behavior will not be tolerated. We are committed to putting an end to sexual harassment in the workplace.
Retaliation and Whistleblower Actions
New Jersey law strongly encourages and protects employees who report and/or object when they reasonably believe their employer is breaking the law, or committing fraud.
Unfortunately doing “the right thing” by blowing the whistle on your employer or co-workers often leads to retaliation. If you experience retaliation, your employer may have violated the New Jersey Conscientious Employee Protection Act (CEPA) also known as “the whistleblower” statute.
If you have been harassed, dismissed, fired, demoted, suspended, or have been subjected to any other kind of retaliation in any way for reporting or objecting to the illegal or unethical actions of a co-worker, supervisor, or your employer, or because you complained of discrimination or harassment, we will advocate for you and protect your rights.
Wage and Hour Claims
Business owners are understandably concerned about their bottom line, though that does not make it acceptable to withhold their employees’ wages unfairly. We can assist in all types of wage and hour disputes, including those involving employee misclassification, unpaid overtime, or if you have been forced to work off the clock.
Family and Medical Leave
Under the federal Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the New Jersey Family Leave Act (NJFLA), employees in New Jersey who meet certain criteria are entitled to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave to attend to certain medical and personal matters. The law also requires that employers reinstate employees to the same or equivalent position at the end of their FMLA leave.
If you believe you were fired for unlawful reasons, we will evaluate your case to determine if you may have a valid claim under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination, the New Jersey Conscientious Employee Protection Act, or other state or federal law.
Savvy job-seekers understand the importance of reading and understanding the fine print on their employment contracts. Our seasoned legal team can help you negotiate the terms of your employment contract to help ensure that your best interests are served from the start. If the terms of your contract are in dispute, we will fight for a fair and reasonable outcome. Examples of employment agreements we handle include:
Atlantic County Employment Lawyers at Levine Staller Fight to Protect Your Workplace Rights
Our employment lawyers have vast experience fighting on behalf of employees who have suffered discrimination, sexual harassment, retaliation for whistleblowing or reporting wrong doing, and more. For more information about our legal team, or a free consultation, please call the Atlantic County employment lawyers at Levine, Staller, Sklar, Chan & Brown, P.A. at 609-348-1300, or contact us online. Our office is conveniently located in Atlantic City, and we serve clients in Atlantic County, Cape May County, Ocean County, and throughout New Jersey.