Have you been discriminated or retaliated against on the job?

In New Jersey, employers have the right to terminate people for almost any reason they want. They can hire who they want. They can promote who they want. They only engage in illegal conduct if they make their decisions based on an employee’s protected characteristics.

Discrimination is prohibited by both state and federal statutes. New Jersey has its own anti-discrimination statute, the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (NJLAD).  Under the NJLAD, it is unlawful for an employer to terminate you, fail to hire you, fail to promote you or discriminate against you in any way because you are a member of a protected class.  It is also unlawful for a business to refuse to contract with a independent contractor because the individual belongs to a protected class. The NJLAD also protects those individuals who are not members of a protected class but are treated as such due to a their association with members of that class or the employer’s mistaken perception that the individual belongs to the protected class. Protected class includes:

  • Race or Color
  • Disability
  • Pregnancy
  • National Origin
  • Religion
  • Gender or Sex
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Ancestry
  • Domestic Partnership Status
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Member of the Armed Forces
  • Age
  • Marital status
  • Nationality