The Impact Of Discrimination In NJ Workplace

If you have been a victim of discrimination in the workplace, you will know the emotional distress it can cause. Despite it no longer being a safe environment for you, you have to show up at work day after day just to make ends meet. Not only that, it can have a negative impact on the wages you are bringing home. Even if you were in a position to quit or change jobs, the injustice of being discriminated against never goes away.

Discrimination in the workplace based on gender, age, race, sexual orientation and more is illegal. Did you know that it is considered unlawful termination if you have been terminated because of a demographic group you fall under? Depending on individual state laws, this could be factors such as criminal history and the need for unpaid family leave. However, if you are a victim of sexist, ageist, racist or homophobic workplace practices, it is almost certain that you have a case.

Pay Discrimination

If you are getting paid less than another employee for doing the same work, you have a strong case of workplace discrimination under New Jersey law. The New Jersey Equal Pay Act places the burden of proof on the employer instead of the employee, meaning that you do not have to prove you are being unfairly compensated. Instead, the employer has to prove that they did not underpay you due to discriminatory reasons!

Besides that, you can recover up to three times the difference of your calculated loss, for a period stretching as far back as six years. As has been clearly illustrated, the New Jersey Equal Pay Act was designed to protect employees from discrimination in the workplace. How then, do you go about getting this compensation? The first course of action would be to engage the services of a highly experienced and knowledgeable employment law attorney.

Unlawful Termination 

Unfortunately, if you have been dismissed from your job for discriminatory reasons, the onus is on you to prove it. Keep in mind that not every termination is “unlawful”; you have to provide actual proof of discrimination in order to place it this category. While this may seem like a daunting task, it is definitely not impossible. Some ways you can prove that you have been discriminated against include being the target of racist or sexist slurs and being treated in a different manner from colleagues of a different demographic bracket.

Carcich O’Shea Takes Your Discrimination Claim Seriously

If you have been or are a victim of discrimination in the workplace, it is time to put a stop to it. Not only are the emotional drawbacks tremendous, but your earning potential is also being stifled in a time where the economy is struggling. You cannot afford to suffer in silence any longer –  here at Carcich O’Shea, we are here to listen and assist you. Our experienced attorneys specialize in employment law and business litigation and will advocate tirelessly for your rights. Do not remain a victim of discrimination –  contact us today if you have a claim to file.

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