New Jersey, like most states, is considered an “employment at will” jurisdiction which means that in the absence of a contract, an employee can be terminated for any reason, unless specifically prohibited by law. Two important New Jersey laws that protect employees from wrongful termination are the Law Against Discrimination and the Conscientious Employee Protection Act.
The Law Against Discrimination
The Law Against Discrimination prohibits an employer for discrimination against, harassing, or terminating an employee based upon his race, sex, age, religious beliefs, or if the individual has certain disabilities, but can do the job. These are considered protected classes that are afforded special protections in the workplace with regard to hiring, treatment on the job, and termination.
The creation of a “hostile work environment” or “failure to provide a reasonable accommodation” are frequent bases for filing suit. Also, employees are sometimes victimized by “sexual harassment,” or “racial” or “age” discrimination for which legal representation is needed.
The Conscientious Employee Protection Act
The Conscientious Employee Protection Act is New Jersey’s “whistleblower” law. This law affords certain rights and protections to individuals, who either refuse to participate in, complain about or report conduct at their workplace which they believe is illegal or harmful to co-workers or the public. This law is recourse for those who are punished or terminated for taking such actions.
Our firm has successfully represented litigants in both the Federal and State Court including those located in Morris, Sussex, Warren, Middlesex and Union counties.