Employers are not allowed to treat employees or applicants differently based on religion, gender, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, nationality, or any other special class. If you feel that you have been treated unfairly by a company, you may have an employment discrimination case.
The team at Morelli Law Firm may be able to help you file a lawsuit against the company at fault. We have a Union City, NJ, employment discrimination attorney on staff who can join you in your fight for justice. We can answer your questions and guide you every step of the way.
Employment Discrimination Is Against the Law
There are many examples of how employment discrimination may manifest itself in the workplace. If you were denied a promotion, denied a new position, or fired because of your age, sexual orientation, race, gender, or other factors like this, you have been discriminated against.
The company and individuals who committed this discriminatory act can be held responsible. You can pursue damages to right the wrong. Some of the damages you can pursue may include:
- Pay that you have already lost or should have been paid (referred to as back pay) and earnings you will miss out on in the future because of the discriminatory act
- Lost benefits, such as health insurance
- Any medical bills you may have because of the discriminatory act
- Emotional damages, such as humiliation, depression, and anxiety
Speak with a team member at our firm to learn more about what damages may be applicable in your case.
Your Opportunity for Damages Depends on Your Case
The types of damages you can pursue depend on the discrimination that was committed and what the result was. These legal distinctions can be very confusing. If you are not sure what types of damages would be applicable in your case, a Union City employment discrimination attorney from our firm can guide you.
For example, according to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), someone who is discriminated against solely based on their age will not have the opportunity for compensatory or punitive damages, but they could receive liquidated damages. Liquidated damages could be awarded for a particularly malicious act of discrimination.
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Am I in a Protected Class?
Everyone is in some sort of protected class or will be as we get older, but it’s good to know the official lists. On the federal level, the protected classes are race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, or gender identity), national origin, age (40 or older), disability, and genetic information (including family medical history).
The New Jersey Law Against Discrimination reinforces the federal protections and adds several more, including discrimination on breastfeeding, marital or domestic partnership status, liability for military service, and the refusal to submit or make available the results of a genetic test.
It’s important to know that belonging to a protected class does not protect you from all forms of workplace discrimination. For it to be worthy of a lawsuit, the reason for the discrimination must be because of your class, not because of the quality of your work. This is a point that your discrimination lawyer will work to prove.
Discrimination Can Happen at Any Workplace
Discrimination can happen no matter where you work, and it can take many forms. Some examples of employment discrimination could include:
- A woman being laid off after announcing she is pregnant
- A transgender person being denied employment based on their gender identification
- Someone born in another country being paid less than their American-born counterparts doing the same work
- A person with a disability is faced with demeaning comments from co-workers and nothing is done to stop it
- A person in the National Guard or in the reserves being denied employment because they may be called to serve
You could also be protected against retaliation or discrimination after you lodge a complaint against your company. These are just a few of the many examples of workplace discrimination. No matter the particulars of the case, employment discrimination is wrong and unfair. The victim has a right to seek justice.
How a Union City Employment Discrimination Lawyer Can Help You
An employment discrimination lawyer in Union City can be your teammate throughout your case. The lawyer you hire from our firm will not only be able to answer your questions but can also offer advice on the best way to proceed with your case.
Our legal team can gather the necessary evidence to build a strong argument for compensation. We can determine the appropriate entities to include in your lawsuit and make sure that you do not miss any important filing deadlines.
We know the law in New Jersey, and we know what it takes to win. We can commit to you and your family. Morelli Law Firm has won their clients over $1 billion in compensation.
How Long Do I Have to File an Employment Discrimination Lawsuit?
Less time than you might think, but the absolute deadline varies on the kind of case you have. The most general deadline is two years from the date of the last discriminatory action. Whistleblower cases have only one year before they must be filed.
However, you’ll want to act much sooner than that. The deadline for complaints filed to state and federal government regulators can be as little as six months. There is no reason to delay speaking with an attorney to get your case started.
By reaching out, we can pause these deadlines to let the court know that we’re working on the case. This way, should the time between filing plus our investigation time go beyond the statute of limitations, your case is still eligible to be heard in court.
Call Our Attorneys Today to Start Your Case
At Morelli Law Firm, our Union City employment discrimination lawyers want to help you in your fight for justice. We know what it takes to build a strong case, and that is what we can do for you and your family. All you have to do is call us for a consultation about your situation. You can also reach out to us online through our case evaluation form.