The State of New Jersey is very strict when it comes to employment law. The complexity of this law can stop an employee from pursuing compensation as the result of discrimination, harassment and bullying in the workplace. Having a clear understanding of what your rights are will help you determine if you have been subject to any illegal activity in the workplace.
It is important to know that any discrimination, harassment and bullying in the workplace is illegal under New Jersey State law. If you have been unfairly treated due to race, sexual orientation, religion, any disabilities, your age, gender or simply for being different you may be a victim of workplace misconduct. Also, it is important to note that physical harm does not have to take place in order for illegal conduct to be present. Furthermore, If you feel like you have been wrongfully terminated, not receiving equal pay or subject to a hostile work environment you may be a victim of employment misconduct. The severity of an employment law case depends on a few different factors.
How long has the conduct been going on?
Has this misconduct been a constant experience for a employee and has it been going on for an extended period of time? While one instance of misconduct or discrimination is taken very seriously and should never happen at all, continuous harassment, bullying or discrimination will help prove workplace misconduct in a court of law.
Who is the responsible party?
Was the responsible party a fellow colleague, manager, supervisor, executive or owner at your firm? All instances are still very serious and should be reported to your Human Resources Department immediately. If the appropriate parties refuse to resolve the situation or do nothing about any misconduct, more liability and responsibility would be on the entire company. Anyone that turns a blind eye or sweeps any misconduct under the rug is just as responsible as the guilty party. In addition, if there is any form of retaliation or discrimination due to reporting misconduct is illegal under New Jersey state law.
Contact one of our Mercer County, New Jersey employment lawyers today to learn more.
The attorneys at Kamensky, Cohen & Riechelson have been representing victims of workplace misconduct for over 40 years. They have successfully represented their clients, awarding thousands in punitive damages. Contact us today to learn more and receive a risk-free consultation.