Top-Rated Wrongful Termination Attorney Representing Employees Throughout New Jersey
Losing a job can cause a tremendous amount of emotional and financial stress for an employee and their family. Under New Jersey’s at-will employment standard, employers have wide discretion in hiring and firing. In fact, a business or organization does not need just cause to terminate an employer. However, there are some reasons for which your employer cannot fire you. If they do, you may have cause to bring a wrongful termination lawsuit.
At Zatuchni & Associates, our New Jersey wrongful termination attorney is a skilled and experienced advocate for workers’ rights. Our mission is to help you obtain a successful outcome in your case. If you have any questions or concerns about the wrongful termination laws in New Jersey, we are more than ready to help. Contact us to set up a free, completely confidential review of your wrongful termination claim.
Understanding At-Will Employment in New Jersey
Employment in New Jersey is “at will.” What that means is that, unless your employer made a specific promise about the length of your employment in an employment contract, the employer can fire you or lay you off at any time with or without reason. It is important to emphasize that this means that companies do not need to prove that they had a “good” reason to terminate an employee. Quite the contrary, employers have the right to fire at-will workers for virtually any reason—including seemingly frivolous, unfair, or otherwise ill-advised reasons.
That being said, there are some strict limits on what employers can and cannot do. New Jersey employers are prohibited from terminating a worker for an illegal reason. If you or your family member was fired or laid off for an unlawful reason, you have the right to bring a wrongful termination lawsuit to recover compensation and relief for your damages. Below, our New Jersey employment law attorney highlights six of the most common bases for wrongful termination claims.
Types of Wrongful Termination Claims In New Jersey
To bring a successful wrongful termination claim in New Jersey, an employee must present evidence proving that they were fired or laid off in violation of the law. You may have cause for a wrongful termination lawsuit if you’ve been fired:
- Discrimination: An employer cannot fire you for a discriminatory reason. Specifically, you may bring a wrongful termination claim due to discrimination based on race, sex, religion or national origin, gender or sexual orientation, disability or pregnancy status, or age.
- Breach of Contract: New Jersey’s at-will employment standard does not override the provisions of a valid contract. If you were terminated in violation of a written employment contract, you have the right to file a wrongful discharge lawsuit.
- Retaliation for Exercising Your Rights: New Jersey employers cannot stop workers from exercising their lawfully protected legal rights. You may file a wrongful termination lawsuit if you were removed in retaliation for legally protected employee actions, such as employees bringing complaints about discrimination, wage and hour violations, or whistleblowing conduct
- Retaliation for Refusing to Engage in Illegal Conduct: You can also file a retaliation claim if you were removed because you declined to do something illegal. It is wrongful termination if a company or organization fired you in retaliation for failing to do an illegal act or to engage in an unsafe work action when the employer has violated safety regulations
- Taking Lawfully Protected Job Leave: An employee’s right to take lawfully protected leave is important. Employers cannot violate it. You may bring a wrongful termination claim if you were fired for taking time off when you have a legal right to take time off for military duty, voting, FMLA leave, or other lawfully protected job leave.
- Unjust Violation of Written Procedures: Finally, you might have a wrongful termination lawsuit if your employer removed you in direct violation of the written procedures in an employee handbook. As these are highly complex claims, you should consult with a New Jersey employment lawyer right away.
Know Your Rights If You Have Been Wrongfully Discharged In New Jersey
Our goal at Zatuchni & Associates is to help you find financial recovery and justice through the legal system. If your lawsuit for wrongful discharge is upheld by the court, you can:
- Get your job back (reinstatement)
- Receive back pay (money from the time you were fired until the date of the court decision)
- Receive front pay (money you could have received had you been able to return to work under better conditions)
- Compensatory damages for pain and suffering and emotional distress
- Punitive damages
- Promotion if you were unfairly denied promotion opportunities
- Reasonable accommodations if the court found that your employer failed to make reasonable accommodations
- Attorneys’ fees
As a worker or employee, you have legal protections from employer retaliation and firing. Ask our New Jersey wrongful termination attorneys how we can help you receive justice.
How New Jersey Wrongful Termination Lawyer David Zatuchni Can Help
Wrongful termination claims are complex. With more than two decades of relevant legal experience, David Zatuchni is a tireless advocate for employee rights. He knows how to hold employers accountable and he strongly believes that every worker deserves the same high-quality representation that large law firms provide to high-dollar corporate clients. Our New Jersey wrongful termination attorney is ready to:
- Conduct a free, comprehensive review of your employment law claim;
- Answer your questions about wrongful termination law;
- Investigate the case and gather information and evidence; and
- Devise a strategy focused on getting you justice and financial compensation.
Wrongful termination lawsuits are highly fact-specific legal cases. We will put forward the energy and resources needed to understand your situation and build the best strategy. With a proven history of successful settlements and verdicts, our litigation-tested employment law team will take your case as far as necessary to get you the best outcome.
Call Our New Jersey Wrongful Termination Attorney Today
At Zatuchni & Associates, our New Jersey wrongful termination lawyer has the skills, knowledge, and tenacity to protect your rights. If you or your loved one was fired or discharged in violation of state or federal law, we can help. Call us to schedule a free review of your case. With law offices in Morristown and Lambertville, our employment law team is well-positioned to handle wrongful termination claims throughout all of New Jersey.