New Jersey and Pennsylvania Wrongful Termination Attorneys
With Offices in Trenton, Pennington, and Bensalem
If you’ve been discharged because of your race, sex, sexual orientation, disability, religion, or any other protected status, you may be able to file a wrongful termination claim and seek job reinstatement, lost wages, and compensatory and punitive damages.
The NJ & PA employment law attorneys at Kamensky Cohen & Riechelson have significant experience handling a variety of employment law matters, including claims of wrongful termination, employment discrimination, and sexual harassment in the workplace. We can help you explore this complicated area of law and determine if you have a viable claim.
What Constitutes “Wrongful Termination” in NJ and PA?
Both New Jersey and Pennsylvania are “at-will” employment states. This means employers have a broad right to hire and fire employees at will. Often, they don’t even need to provide a reason for the decision to fire an employee. In most instances, there will be no legal recourse for an employee who is fired simply because the boss didn’t like them, or because they got blamed for someone else’s mistake, or because the company was trying to save money by doing away with their salary.
However, you can potentially file a wrongful termination claim if you were fired because of your sex, race, age, religion, disability, pregnancy, or sexual orientation. Under federal law, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as well as other federal anti-discrimination statutes, prohibits employers from discriminating on the basis of these protected categories. Under state law, the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (LAD) prevents employers from discriminating in any job-related actions, including hiring and firing decisions.
You Don’t Have to Work in a Hostile Environment
You also have a right to be free from harassment in the workplace. If your employer has failed to do anything about a hostile work environment, speak up! Your employer will not be able to retaliate against you. Under both Title VII and the New Jersey LAD, an employer cannot retaliate against an employee who reports abuse. Do not let the fear of reprisal stop you from voicing your concerns to your employer or to an employment law attorney.
Whistleblowers Are Protected, Too
In addition to being protected against discriminatory hiring or firing decisions, an employee is also protected against being fired as retaliation for reporting unlawful unemployment practices. If you were fired because you reported wrongdoing by your employer, you may have a viable whistleblower retaliation claim. Even if you are simply participating in an investigation into your employer’s alleged unlawful practices, you are protected against retaliation.
New Jersey and Pennsylvania Employment Law Attorneys Combat Wrongful Termination
Call Kamensky Cohen & Riechelson today. One of our knowledgeable employment law attorneys will be happy to speak with you about your case and help you determine the next step. Our legal team has decades of combined experience handling employment discrimination cases and filing wrongful termination claims throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Call us anytime toll-free, or simply fill out our online contact form to arrange a free, in-person consultation.