As a respected member of the workforce, you are afforded certain rights and privileges. Despite the array of federal and state laws protecting New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania employees, these rights often get trampled on by shady employers. Even in this day and age, workplace discrimination happens regularly throughout New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York workplaces. If you have been discriminated against at work, now is the time to contact a workplace discrimination attorney and fight back.
At the Arcé Law Group, our New Jersey – New York – Pennsylvania employment law attorneys tirelessly defend our clients’ rights to a fair and equal working environment. As a victim, you may be entitled to certain forms of compensation, such as payment for lost wages, emotional distress, and legal fees. To learn more, contact the employment discrimination lawyers at the Arcé Law Group right away. We serve clients in and around Jersey City, Newark, and Princeton, New Jersey as well as New York City, New York and the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area.New Jersey – New York – Pennsylvania Employment Discrimination Defined
In short, the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (N.J.S.A. 10:5-12) (LAD), New York the NYC Human Rights Law (HRL) and in Pennsylvania the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act (PHRA) makes it illegal to treat workers differently based on certain protected characteristics. This treatment extends to all aspects of your employment or potential employment, including hiring, firing, promoting, demoting, and receiving or being denied employment benefits.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) governs federal laws concerning workplace discrimination. Their definition adds that discrimination includes:
- Unfair treatment because of your membership of a protected class
- Harassment by managers, co-workers, or others in your workplace
- Denial of a reasonable workplace accommodation that you need because of your religious beliefs or disability.
- Retaliation because you complained about job discrimination, or assisted with a job discrimination investigation or lawsuit.
Our employment discrimination attorneys help victims in New Jersey, New York & Pennsylvania who have been discriminated against due to:
Who is Covered by NJ – NY – PA Anti-Discrimination Laws?
According to federal law, you cannot discriminate against a person due to their race, color, religion, sex (including sexual harassment), gender, pregnancy, national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information. Under the law, these are considered “protected classes.”What is a Protected Class
Under the NY (HRL) and NJ (LAD) and PA (PHRA), discrimination due to these characteristics is unlawful: race, creed, color, national origin, nationality, ancestry, age, sex/gender (including sexual harassment and pregnancy), familial status, marital status, domestic partnership or civil union status, or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, atypical hereditary cellular or blood trait, genetic information, liability for military service, and mental or physical disability, perceived disability, and AIDS and HIV status.
The workplace discrimination attorneys at the Arcé Law Group treat everyone equally, regardless of their background or life circumstances. We are on your side protecting your rights as an employee.Examples of NJ, NY & PA Workplace Discrimination Cases
There is no such thing as a “typical” discrimination case. Every situation is different. Our NJ – NY – PA lawyers encounter a wide range of victims, work environments, and case details. But, there are some general patterns
Here are some situations that could be classified as workplace discrimination:
- You were fired shortly after you told your employer you were pregnant
- You were called “homo,” “faggot,” and other names at work because you are gay
- You were qualified for a job position, but the employer chose to hire a younger, less qualified applicant
- You are Muslim and are subjected to taunts and slurs about your religion
- You were told a woman cannot do this job or “a woman belongs at home”
This list is by no means exhaustive. If you were treated differently at work, the NJ – NY – PA attorneys at the Arcé Law Group review your specific circumstances. We’ll let you know if you have a claim worth pursuing.You are Protected During all Stages of Employment
The law safeguards you from discrimination at any time during your hiring or employment, specifically:
- When you are being interviewed or recruited
- When being offered the terms of your employment
- When being denied training opportunities, promotion, transfers, performance pay or other employment-related benefits
- When being terminated, demoted, or receiving a pay reduction
If you can prove a link between the terms of your employment changing and your membership in a protected class, you may have a claim for discrimination. Let our lawyers review your case to determine whether pursuing legal action is appropriate.Understanding Discrimination in New Jersey | New York | Pennsylvania
Employment-related conflicts encompass a very gray area of law. Workplace Discrimination can be particularly difficult to prove. In general, courts look at two different types of discrimination in NJ:
- Direct — direct discrimination occurs when a specific person or persons are treated unfavorably due to a personal characteristic such as race or religion.
- Indirect — indirect discrimination occurs when an employer imposes a requirement or condition that precludes certain people with a protected attribute from working.
As you can see, establishing a correlation between the employment action and your protected trait can be murky. There is a line of evidence you must present to the court, but chances that you can show direct evidence is slim. Most employers are too savvy to leave a paper trail. Perform your due diligence by keeping records of any instances of workplace discrimination and you could have enough circumstantial evidence to win your New York, New Jersey or Pennsylvania employment discrimination case.Our New Jersey Workplace Discrimination Attorneys Work for You
You have been through enough. Let the Arcé Law Group employment discrimination attorneys takeover and fight for your rights. Contact the Arcé Law Group today at 212-248-0120. We stand ready to represent you in even the toughest New York, New Jersey or Pennsylvania workplace discrimination case. We offer free initial consultations and we do not get paid unless we successfully recover compensation on your behalf.
The Arcé Law Group is located in New York City, New York & Newark, New Jersey and serves clients in and around Newark, Jersey City, Princeton, Woodbridge and Edison New Jersey. In New York state the Arcé Law Group attorneys serve clients in and around New York City’s five boroughs of Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and Staten Island and in and around the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area.