Workplace discrimination laws are in place to protect employees and job applicants from being treated unfairly in the workplace and hiring process due to factors that they cannot control. Discrimination applies to people of a protected class, including race, nationality, ancestry, age, sex, 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. If you believe that you are someone who has been discriminated against because of any of the aforementioned factors or traits, our firm is here to help. Contact The Vigilante Law Firm, P.C. today to learn how a Gloucester County employment discrimination attorney at our firm help you.
Types of Workplace Discrimination
Our firm has helped countless individuals whose rights under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 have been violated in the workplace, and we know we have what it takes to do the same for you. If your rights have been violated because of any of the following characteristics, our firm is here.
This is when an employer discriminates against an employee on the basis of their race. This may come in the form of racial slurs, obvious and unfair favoritism towards other employees of a different race, making derogatory, race-related comments, and more.
All too often, we see cases involving color discrimination in the workplace. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) defines color as a person’s pigmentation, complexion, or skin shade/tone. If you believe you were discriminated against for any of those reasons, you may have a case against your employer.
National origin discrimination
This is when an employer targets an employee due to that employee’s ethnicity, accent, culture, or otherwise. This form of discrimination can even occur when employers wrongly assume the national origin of an individual and target them because of it.
Unfortunately, the older members of our workforce are often subjected to discrimination as well, and this generally comes in the form of putting younger, less qualified workers in charge of certain tasks, making offensive age-related comments or even electing to fire an older individual in favor of a younger individual with less knowledge and experience.
Though we’d like to think we live in a time where we no longer discriminate against those with certain disabilities, unfortunately, this is not the case. If you believe you were unfairly targeted because of your disability, or that you were not provided with certain accommodations that you are legally entitled to, you may have a valid disability discrimination case.
This is when an employer discriminates against an individual due to their religious beliefs. This can come in the form of denying the employee the right to take certain religious holidays, preventing the employee from dressing as their religion requires, or any other act that violates that employee’s rights under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
It may sound absurd, but in many cases, those who served our country in the bravest, most selfless way possible are discriminated against in the workplace upon their return. One example of military discrimination is denying a service member the right to reemployment if he or she had to leave his or her job temporarily to perform military service.
Genetic information discrimination
The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act was passed in 2008. This Act prohibits current or prospective employees from being discriminated against in the workplace on the basis of that individual’s genetic tests, or even the genetic tests of that individual’s family. Since the Act’s passing in 2008, employers are no longer allowed to obtain genetic information about their employees except under select circumstances. If your employer obtained this information unlawfully and discriminated against you as a result, our firm is here to help.
Filing a Discrimination Lawsuit in New Jersey
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 a New Jersey Employment Discrimination Attorney
Simply put, any form of discrimination in the workplace is unethical, and, in many cases, illegal. For this reason, our experienced Gloucester County, New Jersey firm is here to fight for your rights. If you believe that you were discriminated against in the workplace, contact an experienced New Jersey employment discrimination attorney at our firm today so we can get started on your case.