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 is against the law and those employers and businesses who allow offensive behavior, harassment, or discrimination are accountable for their negligence or action. Discriminating against an employee for a protected class is illegal. Some of these protected classes include sex, gender, race, color, pregnancy, sexual orientation, just to name a few. Harassment based on the same protected categories is also illegal. In some cases, people have quit a position when faced with intolerable working conditions culminating in a constructive discharge claim. Whatever the case, if you face a hostile work environment, you may have the law on your side.
People who face a hostile work environment based on discrimination have the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination on their side. The law protects people in all size businesses against being treated differently because of a characteristic or class. If you are the victim of discrimination and you endure an intolerable work environment, you may file a complaint with the Division of Civil Rights within 180 days of the incident. Your employer may not retaliate against you for exercising your civil rights.
If you face harassment because of a protected class or have been subjected to harassment of a sexual nature, your rights are being violated. Victims of harassment continue to endure a hostile work environment and the law is on their side. The NJ LAD considers harassment of a sexual nature a discriminatory act and those who are harassed can file a claim with Division of Civil Rights within 180 days of the incident. The Mark Law Firm, LLC works with victims of sexual harassment and others who endure a hostile work environment on a regular basis.
When an employee quits a job because they are subject to overwhelming harassment or discrimination, they might have a claim of constructive discharge. In these cases, the hostile work environment is so intolerable, a reasonable person could not continue to be exposed to the abuse. This is also protected under the NJ LAD. This is a complicated matter and courts hold these cases to an extraordinary legal standard. A basic hostile work environment claim will not do. The court must be convinced that the conditions were so intolerable and pervasive that no one could possibly bear them. If you have quit a position and believe you have a claim for constructive discharge, contact The Mark Law Firm, LLC today.
The Mark Law Firm, LLC works with NJ clients facing hostile work environments. You deserve to work without harassment and discrimination in a positive working environment. Our compassionate attorneys are ready to assess your case and guide you through your options. Discrimination, harassment, and constructive discharge claims are difficult to prove and evidence must be overwhelmingly convincing to the court. You need an attorney that has the skills, persistence, and effectiveness that will protect your rights and interests. If you need our legal services, contact The Mark Law Firm, LLC today.