Experienced Lawyers Assisting Victims of Employment Discrimination in Jersey City
Defending your rights to fair treatment
Claims of employment discrimination and wrongful termination can be very hard to prove because the employee must demonstrate that the action in question is truly the result of discriminatory policies or practices. If you believe you have been the victim of employment discrimination, you owe it to yourself to find out if you have a valid legal claim. Experienced attorneys such as the Jersey City lawyers at Zavodnick, Perlmutter & Boccia, LLC can help you make such a determination.
Discrimination in the workplace is against the law
In New Jersey, employers are breaking the law if they discriminate in any aspect of employment — hiring, firing, or promoting — on the basis of:
Reality versus what can be proven in court
One of the hardest tasks for any discrimination lawyer is to find the very fine line between what is real and what is legally provable. Any act of discrimination essentially means that someone has chosen between two alternatives. People and employers make their choices based on an almost countless list of criteria.
The type of discrimination that is prevented by law must be explicitly based on protected criteria such as race or gender. Even if this is a factor in a particular employment decision, proving it in the presence of other, legitimate factors may be difficult.
Most states recognize the concept of at-will employment, which means that both the employer and employee maintain a working relationship as long as both want the relationship to continue. An employee can quit at any time, and the employer can terminate that employment at any time, for no expressed reason. Discriminatory firings are exceptions to this rule, but again, you must be able to prove discrimination to bring a valid legal action.