We Handle the Full Range of Employment Discrimination in New Jersey
Everyone deserves fair and equal employment opportunities—free from preconceived stereotypes and other forms of discrimination or harassment. While our society has come a long way, more still needs to be done. Make no mistake: despite our progress, discrimination still exists in the workplace, in myriad forms. You may experience it yourself if you are:
- The longtime, sixty-five-year-old employee who suddenly finds himself “laid off” and replaced with a much younger worker;
- The female worker who begins receiving negative evaluations, and is summarily terminated, shortly after announcing her pregnancy to her boss; or
- The African-American employee who is repeatedly passed over for promotion in favor of similarly-situated or less-qualified Caucasian employees
At Zatuchni & Associates, our New Jersey employment law attorneys aggressively pursue action against employers who engage in this type of workplace discrimination. If you were victim of discrimination, we are more than ready to help. Contact our firm today to set up a free, strictly confidential case evaluation with an experienced New Jersey employment discrimination attorney.
Know Your Rights: State and Federal Laws Protect You Against Many Forms of Discrimination
To protect the legal rights of employees, we use an arsenal of state and federal anti-discrimination law. In particular, we frequently rely upon the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (the “NJLAD”), which prohibits employers from discriminating against workers in any job-related action, from hiring to firing, based on a workers’ membership in certain protected categories. Additionally, our law firm brings claims under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, which is the primary federal anti-discrimination law. These laws protect a number of different personal characteristics, including:
- National origin;
- Disability, including HIV/AIDS infected status;
- Sexual Orientation or perceived sexual orientation;
- Transgendered status; and
- Military service
Structure of a Discrimination Claim
To prevail on a discrimination claim, workers must pass several evidentiary hurdles built into the law. The requirements of these hurdles vary depending upon the type of discrimination at issue. Generally speaking, as a discrimination plaintiff, you must prove:
- That you were performing your job satisfactorily and meeting your employer’s legitimate expectations; and
- That you were singled out and subjected to an adverse employment action (like termination), solely based on your membership in a protected category (race, age, etc.). In other words, you have to show that your employer acted against you with discriminatory intent.
Discriminatory intent may be shown directly, such as when an employee is subjected to racial slurs or sexually offensive comments in the workplace. It may also be shown indirectly, via circumstantial evidence. For instance, an employee claiming age discrimination might show that all workers over fifty were targeted for termination, whereas younger workers were not.
Zatuchni & Associates specializes in discrimination claims across all protected categories. We’ve helped countless clients who have suffered workplace bias secure financial and legal compensation from their employers. If you believe you’re a victim of unlawful discrimination, we would be happy to give you a free telephone consultation. Call us today.
What Can I Recover in a Workplace Discrimination Case?
If you are considering filing an employment discrimination lawsuit in New Jersey, you may be wondering: What compensation is available? The answer always depends on the specific circumstances of the case. If you can prove that unlawful discrimination occurred, then you are generally entitled to relief that accounts for your damages. You may be able to get:
- Compensation for lost wages, including back pay and loss of benefits;
- Compensation for related damages, potentially including emotional distress; and
- Coverage for attorneys’ fees and other legal costs.
The strength of your case matters. An employer will not begin to start offering a fair settlement amount unless you can clearly demonstrate that discrimination occurred and you are prepared to hold them accountable in court. Our New Jersey employment discrimination lawyer can help you craft a compelling, well-supported discrimination claim.
You Have the Right to Report Discrimination or File a Complaint
In some cases, employees do not want to report employment discrimination for the fear that it will make things worse. While it is an understandable concern, it is important to emphasize that you have a legal right to report discrimination within the company and to file a discrimination claim. New Jersey employers are strictly prohibited from taking any adverse action against an employee who exercises their rights, including their right to fight back against discrimination.
If you were punished for reporting discrimination, you may have been the victim of unlawful retaliation. Retaliation can come in many forms, including demotion, denial of a promotion, harassment, or wrongful termination. If you were punished for reporting any type of employment discrimination, call a New Jersey retaliation lawyer for immediate assistance.
How New Jersey Employment Discrimination Lawyer David Zatuchni Can Help
Workplace discrimination cases are notoriously complex. If you have questions about your rights or what you need to do to prove discrimination, you are not alone. As a New Jersey employment lawyer with more than 25 years of experience, David Zatuchni has a deep understanding of state and federal discrimination laws. We are ready to get started on your case right away. Among other things, our New Jersey workplace discrimination attorney will:
- Hear your story and answer your legal question;
- Provide a step-by-step explanation of what you need to do next;
- Investigate your claim—gathering information and evidence; and
- Devise a personalized legal strategy focused on getting you the best results.
Discrimination in the workplace is terrible. It can cause serious damage to your career and your mental well-being. When we take on an employment law claim, our focus is on getting justice and accountability for clients. With a proven record of successful settlements and verdicts in workplace discrimination claims, you can trust our New Jersey employment law to handle your case properly.
Contact Our New Jersey Workplace Discrimination Attorneys Today
At Zatuchni & Associates, our New Jersey employment discrimination lawyer is focused on protecting the rights and interests of workers. If you suffered unfair treatment in the workplace, we are here to help. Contact us now for a free, no-obligation initial consultation. With offices in Lambertville and Morristown, we represent workers in discrimination claims throughout the State of New Jersey.