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. If your employer punishes you for exercising your civil rights, you should retain counsel in order to hold them accountable. If you are a whistleblower, you have protection from adverse employment actions on a state and federal level. If you have suffered whistleblower retaliation, whether via wrongful termination or any other negative work-related action, including demotion, failure to promote, reduction of hours, The Mark Law Firm, LLC can help you stand up and enforce your rights.
When an employee exercises his or her civil rights facing illegal activities, including discrimination or harassment, an employer is prohibited from acting against the victim. In the context of the workplace, an employee has the right to hold offenders accountable when faced with a hostile work environment, including being exposed to offensive behavior. When a business or employer takes actions against them for filing charges of discrimination or harassment, whistleblowing, filing a complaint internally, or testifying to an illegal activity, the victim of the retaliation is protected under state and federal laws.
Wrongful termination is an illegal act that can impact your future. New Jersey is an “at-will” state. Employees can be fired for any reason at any time, with exceptions. If you have been fired from a position, you may have the thought that the practice was illegal. There are many instances where an employee has a claim of wrongful termination. In our state, laws have been implemented to protect workers from illegal discharge.
New Jersey employees deserve to work in a job that is free of hostility and harassment. In some cases, an employer, colleague, or supervisor have made it impossible to continue working under certain conditions. When an employee has had enough and quits a job based on their exposure to offensive behavior or an otherwise hostile work environment, they may be able to file a claim of constructive discharge. According to state and federal laws, constructive discharge is when a reasonable person can no longer be an employee because of the exposure to overwhelming adversity based on discrimination or harassment.