Every employee has the right to feel safe and be free of discrimination in the workplace. Unfortunately, this is not always the case, and when an employment issue arises you need an experienced New Jersey employment lawyer by your side to advocate for your best interests. At Zatuchni & Associates, our knowledgeable employment attorneys are prepared to zealously represent your legal case. To learn more, call or contact our office today to schedule a free consultation of your claims now.
Practice Areas We Cover
With years of experience in state and federal employment law matters, the attorneys at Zatuchni & Associates in Camden are prepared to handle all types of workplace legal issues. Our firm’s practice areas include the following employment claims:
- Racial discrimination: State and federal laws protect workers from suffering adverse employment actions because of their actual or perceived race.
- Ethnic discrimination: These same laws also protect employees from discrimination based on their country of origin or ancestral ethnic background.
- Sex discrimination: Employers are not allowed to discriminate based on a person’s gender, and both men and women are subjected to sex discrimination in the workplace.
- Quid pro quo sexual harassment: No one should be subjected to unwanted sexual advances while at work, and our lawyers can make it stop.
- Age discrimination: With workers delaying retirement, employers are not allowed to discriminate against employees over forty years old.
- Wage and hour claims: Federal and state laws protect a worker’s right to be paid for the hours worked in a timely manner.
- Wrongful termination: Although New Jersey is an at-will employment state, an employer is not allowed to terminate a worker in retaliation or for discriminatory reasons.
These are just a few of the practice areas that our skilled employment lawyers handle on behalf of our Camden clientele. We also represent cases involving employment protection for military service, workplace retaliation claims, ADA cases, whistleblower cases, FMLA claims, and more. Contact our office to learn more about whether your situation qualifies under state or federal law.
What is Discrimination in the Workplace?
Many of our clients in Camden have faced some form of discrimination in the workplace. Both New Jersey and federal laws prohibit an employer from discriminating against employees based on their actual or perceived protected characteristics. Also known as protected classes, these characteristics include the following:
- National origin;
- Disability status;
- Marital status;
- Genetic information;
- Sexual orientation; and
- Military service.
It is important to note that an employee does not have to belong to a protected class in order to suffer discrimination in the workplace. If an employer wrongfully believes that a worker is part of a protected class and discriminates against them based on that belief, the employee can bring a claim of discrimination at work. An employer can also discriminate against an applicant, and if that person is not hired because of the employer’s discriminatory beliefs about the applicant’s actual or perceived protected characteristics they can also bring a claim.
Discrimination can take many forms in the workplace, but all are considered adverse employment actions. Some of the most common forms of discriminatory practices against employees include failure to hire, failure to promote, demotion, suspension, denial of leave, reassignment to a less desirable location, purposeful scheduling of difficult or poor working hours, poor performance reviews, disciplinary action, and termination of employment. If any of these adverse employment actions have been taken against you an experienced Camden discrimination lawyer may be able to help.
How Our Experienced Camden Employment Lawyers Can Help
It is important that you speak with a knowledgeable Camden employment lawyer as soon as possible after a workplace incident. State and federal laws only allow for claims of discrimination and other employment issues to be filed in a short window of time, known as the statute of limitations. Under New Jersey law, claims must be filed within two years of the discriminatory action, and under federal law, a claim must be made to the EEOC within 180 days of the incident. The employment lawyers at Zatuchni & Associates have experience handling both state and federal employment claims, and they have the skills required to take on your case. To learn more, talk to our office today.
Contact Our Office in New Jersey Today
Have you suffered discrimination, sexual harassment, been wrongfully terminated, or been subjected to other adverse employment actions in the workplace? If so, the experienced Camden employment lawyers at Zatuchni & Associates are here to help. Call the office or contact us now to speak with one of our knowledgeable attorneys and schedule a free evaluation of your employment claims today.