NJ & PA Employment Lawyers
Protecting Your Rights as an Employee
The Vigilante Law Firm has been a legal resource for the people of New Jersey and Pennsylvania for over 30 years. Our focus on employment law allows us to provide the client-tailored legal services that produce results. Through our years of service, The Vigilante Law Firm has helped countless clients through all employment matters, including wrongful termination, whistleblower protection, discrimination, sexual harassment, and disciplinary hearings. If you need an effective legal team, contact The Vigilante Law Firm to schedule a consultation.
Wrongful Termination and Whistleblower Protection
When you meet with one of our employment lawyers, you will learn that employees have rights regarding whistleblowing protection. When a person speaks up against an illegal activity or unsafe condition perpetrated by an employer or another employee, they no longer should fear for their livelihood. In New Jersey, there is a statue called CEPA – Conscientious Employee Protection Act. In Pennsylvania, there is a whistleblower’s statute as well as a federal whistleblower’s in Qui tam statutes. If an employee comes forth with evidence or information that their employer has engaged in unlawful conduct and that employee is later terminated, it may constitute wrongful termination. This act is called retaliation and is illegal per state and federal laws. There are actions that the employee can take to challenge the unlawful discharge. If you believe that your actions should fall under the protection of whistleblower statutes, contact The Vigilante Law Firm to discuss this matter.
Discrimination laws are in place to protect employees and job applicants from being treated differently in the workplace and hiring process. Discrimination applies to people of a protected class, including race, nationality, ancestry, age, sex (including pregnancy), marital status, creed, color, national origin, domestic partnership or civil union status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, mental or physical disability, perceived disability, atypical hereditary cellular or blood trait, genetic information, liability for military service, and AIDS and HIV status.
Our Employment Lawyers are often asked what kind of damages they can recover and whether it’s worthwhile to pursue a discrimination lawsuit. If you file a discrimination lawsuit and you are successful, you can be awarded compensatory damages for lost wages and the impact on future wages, legal fees, emotional stress, and more. If you believe that you have been discriminated against, you need an effective law firm to protect your rights under state and federal law. Contact The Vigilante Law Firm.
Unfortunately, sexual harassment is still a major problem in the workplace. Sexual harassment comes in many forms. One form of sexual harassment is called “quid pro quo”. Quid pro quo sexual harassment includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature with the intention of impacting the condition of one’s employment.
Sexual harassment can also take the form of a hostile work environment. If a person is exposed to sexual, abusive, or offensive conduct because of gender that is so severe or pervasive that a reasonable person would consider the working environment hostile or abusive, it may be unlawful.
If you believe that you have been subjected to sexual harassment, it is important to consult with an attorney that can assess your case, guide you through your legal options, and effectively protect your rights. If you need to discuss this matter, contact our compassionate and experienced law firm.
Wage and Hour Laws
Federal and state laws put forth the obligation of an employer to provide employees with certain pay, overtime pay, and an established rate of pay. The federal minimum wage has been set to $7.25 per hour. States must meet that minimum wage but can go further and offer their own minimum wage. New Jersey’s minimum wage is $8.60 per hour. Pennsylvania’s minimum wage matched the federal minimum wage at $7.25 per hour. There are exemptions to the laws of minimum wage, including seasonal workers, babysitters, tipped employees and more. If you are not being paid minimum wage and believe you should be, contact our firm to discuss this matter.
Overtime pay is also mandated for covered, non-exempt workers. This means that every hour over the established 40-hour work week should be compensated with payment of that hour plus half. For example, if you are paid $10 an hour, you should get paid $15 for every hour over the 40 you work per week. If you believe that your employer is not following laws that govern overtime pay, contact our firm to discuss this matter.
A person is also entitled to a consistent rate of pay. This means that whether you are signed on for weekly pay or bi-weekly pay, you should be paid regularly by your employer. There are some exceptions, including executives and those in supervisory positions.
Wage and hour laws are in place to protect your rights and ensure that you are paid fairly and regularly. If you believe that your rights are being violated
You may benefit from legal representation at a disciplinary hearing, depending on the occupation. At a public entity, where you are entitled to a hearing, representation is something to explore. You are entitled to have counsel on your side. You can benefit from having an employment attorney advocating on your behalf, ensuring that your employer is not violating your rights. In the private setting, however, if you’re lucky enough to get a hearing from your employer, you will probably not be able to bring an attorney to counsel you. If this is the case, it is still important to consult with an attorney that can provide quality legal advice to help you prepare.
Contact an Experienced Employment Attorney
Employees have rights that should be protected. The Vigilante Law Firm has over 30 years of experience providing legal advice and effective representation for clients facing a wide variety of employment matters, including wage and hour law disputes, discrimination, sexual harassment, disciplinary hearings, whistleblower protection, and wrongful termination. If you need legal services for an employment matter, contact The Vigilante Law Firm for a consultation.