The New Jersey Law Against Discrimination prohibits employers from discriminating in any job-related action including recruitment, interviewing, hiring, promotions, discharge, compensation and the terms, conditions and privileges of employment on the basis of any of the law’s “protected categories”.
- Have you been fired, layed-off, or “redeployed”, because of issues unrelated to your job performance?
- Do you hate going to work every day because of verbal abuse and harrassment by your coworkers or supervisor about non-job related issues?
- Are you being harrassed by your boss or your peers because of your sexual orientation?
- Have you been fired after voicing complaints about illegal or improper behavior at your company?
- Have you been laid-off or demoted after suffering a series of derogatory remarks about your age? Your handicap? Your looks? Your politics?
- Have your found that your situation at work has become jeopardized since people learned you are pregant? Were you fired while on maternity leave?
- Have you found yourself the victim of unwelcome sexual advances from a boss or coworker and were then passed over for promotion or fired when you refused them?
All of these are examples of common workplace discrimination complaints in the state of New Jersey, and they are all illegal. If you think your situation may be due to a particular discimination practice within your company, contacting an experienced workplace discrimination attorney is a very good idea.
The law identifies these protected categories as: race, creed, color, national origin, nationality, ancestry, age, sex (including pregnancy and sexual harassment), marital status, domestic partnership or civil union status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, atypical hereditary cellular or blood trait, genetic information liability for military service, or mental or physical disability, including AIDS and HIV related illnesses. The law prohibits unlawful discrimination related to any of these characteristics.