Trenton NJ Race Discrimination Attorneys
With Offices in Trenton and Pennington, New Jersey
Everyone has a right to be treated with dignity and respect while working. Moreover, no one should ever be discriminated against in the workplace on the basis of race, sex, religion, or any other protected classification. Unfortunately, far too many employers in the State of New Jersey treat employees unfairly and engage in racial discrimination. If this has happened to you, it is crucial for you to contact an experienced employment discrimination attorney who can help you take advantage of federal and state laws that prohibit race discrimination in the workplace.
Kamensky Cohen & Riechelson is a well-respected law firm with a track record of success in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Our litigation team has more than 40 years of experience representing clients in employment discrimination cases throughout Mercer County, NJ, including Lawrence, Hightstown, and East Windsor. As a result, our knowledgeable attorneys understand the nuances of employment law in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Call KCR today to discuss your situation and explore your legal options.
Types of Race Discrimination in Mercer County Workplaces
If your employer treated you differently because you belong to a particular race, you might have a valid claim for race discrimination. It does not matter what race or ethnicity you identify as; your employer is prohibited from treating anyone unfavorably because of their race. Protected groups include African Americans, Caucasians, Hispanics, Asians, Middle Easterners, and Native Americans. Additionally, keep in mind that “race” encompasses a number of different characteristics and traits, including skin color, hairstyle, manner of speech, and cultural dress.
Both federal and state laws provide protections against differential treatment in the workplace. As set forth by these laws, an employer cannot use race as a factor in decisions relating to:
- Hiring: Employers cannot refuse to hire job applicants because they belong to a particular racial or ethnic group.
- Firing: Employers cannot fire employees because of their race.
- Promotions: Employers cannot use race as a justification for denying an application for job promotion.
- Compensation: Employee benefits and pay levels cannot be affected by the employee’s race or ethnicity.
- Terms of Employment: The terms and conditions or an employee’s job cannot be adversely affected by the employee’s race or ethnicity. This means that employers are not allowed to hand out job assignments on the basis of race.
Employers in New Jersey are also required to take affirmative steps to ensure that the work environment is free of hostile and abusive behavior. The New Jersey Law Against Discrimination stipulates that employers cannot permit workers to harass an employee because of the employee’s race, creed, color, national origin, or ancestry. When employees use racial slurs or make inappropriate jokes about a worker’s race, the result is often considered a hostile work environment. If you are forced to endure a hostile work environment, you may be able to take legal action against your employer.
Free Consultation with Princeton NJ Race Discrimination Lawyers
Kamensky Cohen & Riechelson will do whatever is necessary to get you the justice you deserve in your race discrimination claim. Additionally, there is no risk involved because we handle employment discrimination cases on a contingency basis; we only get paid after we win your case. Call us now to discuss your situation over the phone, or fill out the online contact form to schedule a meeting at our Trenton or Pennington offices.