Employees who work in New Jersey are entitled to work in an environment free of hostility, discrimination, harassment, and deception. When an employee’s rights are violated, they have a lot to consider about their future. State and federal laws prohibit discrimination in the workplace based on a variety of “protected classes”, a certain characteristic of a person, including race, gender, age, disability, and many others. Similar to discrimination, harassment is also illegal in the workplace. This can be based on the variety of protected classes in addition to harassment of a sexual nature. Aside from discrimination and harassment, employees have the right to be paid a certain wage, on a certain schedule, and when they work for more than 40 hours, they are entitled to overtime. Sometimes, an employee may have to exercise their rights in order to protect themselves and their livelihood. Employees also may have to exercise their rights when an employer breaches a contract. Employers and businesses are prohibited from acting against employees who exercise their rights. If you face a legal issue in the workplace, you should contact an attorney to guide you through your options and fight for your rights. If you need quality legal services, contact The Mark Law Firm, LLC.
The New Jersey Law Against Discrimination protects employees from being victims of discrimination, retaliation, and hostile work environments. It can be difficult to determine what situations fall under those protections. The New Jersey LAD clearly says you cannot be discriminated against based on a protected class. Some of these classes include race national origin, gender, color, religion, age, disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation, and veterans status. Sexual harassment is no different. If you are the victim of sexual harassment, you are protected under the NJ LAD. If you have been treated differently based on any of these protected classes, the New Jersey LAD has been implemented to protect your rights.
Retaliation is illegal. Your employer cannot act against you for exercising your civil rights. If you see conduct in the workplace that you believe is illegal, you have a right to complain about it to your employer or file a claim with a governing body. Some of these illegal acts include sexual harassment, discrimination, or criminal activity. Most employers stay within the law, listening to the complaints and take appropriate remedies. However, if you become the target of retaliation, you need to contact a lawyer.
Businesses and employers are obligated to offer a positive and safe working environment free of harassment and discrimination. In some cases, business owners have no knowledge on how their employees treat each other or their subordinates. Unfortunately, workers face adverse working conditions regularly. At the hands of supervisors, employers, and ever coworkers, workers face harassment of all kinds. When that harassment is of a sexual nature, a worker may be deal with a situation that is downright intolerable. Sexual harassment comes in different forms.
Federal and state laws have been drafted and applied in order to protect workers of New Jersey and The United States in relation to their wage, the way they are paid, and regulations related to the hours they work. In New Jersey, a worker must be paid a minimum of $8.38 an hour. According to state and federal laws, a worker must be paid at least bi-monthly, with a few exceptions. According to laws drafted to protect workers, if you have worked more than 40 hours in a week, you are entitled to overtime pay.
The working people of New Jersey do their jobs and function according to what they agreed to before a job began. New Jersey is an “at-will” state. This means that you can be fired at any time for any reason, with a few exceptions, including discriminatory reasons, exercising your rights, and breach of contract. Some people are protected against the terms of “at-will” employment through employment agreements. Employment agreements come in various ways. They can be written, oral, or implied.
Whistleblowers are truly unsung heroes of our society. It is tempting to look the other way when you see an employer dumping illegal toxic waste or allowing sexual harassment to go on unchecked in the workplace. Sometimes complaining to authorities causes problems for whistleblowers in the short term. Historically, if a person blew the whistle on unsafe working conditions, undocumented injuries, or other illegal activities, they would surely lose their jobs, get blacklisted from their industry, and sometimes worse. Fortunately, federal and state laws have been applied to protect whistleblowers that act adversely to their best interests.
Businesses in New Jersey have an obligation to their employees to provide a working environment free of hostility and harassment. When workers endure hostility and harassment throughout the workday, it hurts morale and the bottom line. A hostile work environment against the law and those employers and businesses who allow offensive behavior, harassment or discrimination are accountable for their negligence or action.
The entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in the state of New Jersey. When people are ready to be their own boss, they often look to start a company, buy another business, or go into a partnership with a friend. When people start a business relationship, they need to consider how it will function. Business formation is a complicated matter that involves drafting durable operating, partnership, buy-out, LLC, and other agreements needed to form a business. When a business begins and starts functioning, they can face a variety of issues, including discrimination and harassment lawsuits, contract disputes, business torts, and non-compete agreements, intellectual property matters, trademark litigation issues, and unfair competition.