Employees of New Jersey should be able to work free of discrimination and harassment. When an employee has served our country, they deserve the respect they earned by risking their life for our benefit. Veterans of the armed forces who are victims of discrimination have the same rights to exercise as anyone else. An employer, labor union, and business cannot act against job applicants and employees based on a protected class. If you are the victim of discrimination based on a veteran status, contact The Mark Law Firm, LLC to assist you in your legal matter.
In New Jersey, it is unlawful for an employer to discriminate against an employee due to a status as a veteran or service member of the armed forces. This protection is granted by the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (NJ LAD). Under this law, an employer cannot place special terms or conditions on an employee who serves in the military. An employer cannot fire an employee because he or she requires a leave of absence due to a military commitment unless the employer has a policy of not granting a leave of absence for any reason. When a service member returns from duty, he or she is entitled to reinstatement to the same position previously held and for any normal pay increases that would have been received if the leave of absence was not taken. An employee must also be given a reasonable opportunity to obtain the training necessary to continue the job. In the event a military service member becomes injured while serving in the military, additional protections are granted by the NJ LAD’s disability provisions.
In addition to the NJ LAD, there are other laws available that may help victims of military personnel discrimination. The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) is a federal law that provides employment protection to all active duty and reserve military members who must take time off from work in order to fulfill their military obligations. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is also in place to protect veterans of the armed forces who are victims of discrimination based on their status.
If you have become the victim of unlawful discrimination based on military service or veteran status, various remedies and relief may be available. A claim can be brought in State Court based upon Law Against Discrimination violations. A veteran has the right to file a complaint with the Division of Civil Rights in order to hold an employer accountable for their discriminatory actions at a state level. A veteran also has the right to bring their employer to federal court under the guidelines and permission of the EEOC or through the laws of the USERRA.
The Mark Law Firm, LLC has over 15 years of experience working with victims of discrimination. When those victims are veterans who have served our country, it is our honor to work for their needs. If you are the victim of discrimination based on a veteran’s status, you should have a law firm that is passionate about the law and effective when representing clients. NJ LAD, the EEOC, and the USERRA have a high legal standard. The Mark Law Firm, LLC knows what satisfies a court and will work tirelessly to recover what you deserve. If you need our legal services, contact The Mark Law Firm, LLC today.