Trenton NJ Employment Discrimination Retaliation Claims Lawyer
Law Firm with Offices in Trenton and Pennington, New Jersey
Everyone has a right to earn a living and provide for themselves and their families. Moreover, everyone deserves to be free from discrimination in the workplace. Unfortunately, New Jersey workers are often forced to deal with job-related discrimination that limits their ability to earn fair wages. Worse yet, many workers are hesitant to file complaints because they fear retaliation by their employers. It is important for you to realize that your employer cannot retaliate against you for reporting workplace discrimination.
Kamensky Cohen & Riechelson is a well-respected law firm with a rich tradition in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Our litigation team has more than 40 years of experience representing workers in employment discrimination cases in Princeton, Hopewell, and everywhere else in Mercer County. We are committed to protecting the legal rights of our clients. If you have been the victim of retaliation for filing an employment discrimination claim, call KCR today to explore your legal options.
Laws Prohibit Retaliation for Reporting Discrimination in Mercer County NJ
An employer cannot retaliate against an employee for raising concerns about discrimination. That’s because both federal and state laws explicitly protect employees against retaliation for reporting abuse in the workplace. These laws protect workers in a number of different areas. Your employer absolutely cannot retaliate against you for:
- Filing a discrimination claim
- Reporting discrimination against another employee
- Testifying against your employer in someone else’s discrimination case
- Participating in a formal investigation into the employer’s possible discrimination
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employers from treating employees differently because of race, sex, religion, or national origin. Additionally, the statute includes anti-retaliation provisions so that employees will feel free to speak up about job-related discrimination.
In addition to federal laws prohibiting employer retaliation in discrimination cases, New Jersey also has state laws which protect workers against retaliation for reporting discrimination. The New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (LAD) prohibits employers from discriminating against workers on the basis of race, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, or disability. This means that your employer cannot fire you, demote you, or otherwise treat you differently for filing a discrimination claim. If your employer retaliates against you, you will not only have a discrimination complaint; you might have a separate retaliation claim against your employer.
Definition of “Retaliation” in Lawrence NJ
Retaliation is defined broadly to include any adverse employment action taken by an employer against an employee who has reported discrimination. Although retaliation typically involves discharge or termination of employment, some employers retaliate in more subtle ways. It is not uncommon for employers to use threats or intimidation to try to convince the employee to abandon their discrimination claim. Additionally, some companies take a long-term approach to retaliation by instructing supervisors to give negative performance reviews.
You should never let the fear of retaliation by your employer stop you from speaking to an attorney. Although some employers might try to shield themselves from liability by claiming that they have the right to fire at-will employees, the law protects workers against termination or other reprisal for reporting discrimination or other wrongdoing in the workplace.
Call Hamilton NJ Employment Discrimination Attorneys
The attorneys at Kamensky Cohen & Riechelson will fight for you because we understand how difficult it is to speak out against discriminatory practices in the workplace. Call us now to speak with a member of our litigation team, or email us to schedule a free consultation at our offices in Trenton or Pennington.