Discrimination in New Jersey is Illegal!
Middlesex County Discrimination Lawyer for Education, Housing and Employment Discrimination Claims
Each discrimination lawyer at Spevack Law Firm protects the legal rights of clients who are victims of discrimination. We are particularly interested in assisting clients dealing with discrimination in the workplace. However, our Middlesex County discrimination attorneys also handle complex discrimination lawsuits that may arise in other situations.
Since our employment law firm began practicing in 1928, we have continued to work on behalf of employees in and around Woodbridge. We have offices in New Brunswick, Iselin and Teaneck NJ. Despite seemingly positive growth in understanding and acceptance in the 21st century, discrimination at work continues to be an issue. Consequently, if it happens to you, our firm helps you to gain the maximum financial compensation available.
What are Discrimination Laws in New Jersey?
The New Jersey Law Against Discrimination differs from federal anti-discrimination laws in a few ways. Unlike Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the state discrimination law expands its protections of workers in NJ or seeking employment in New Jersey to include the following:
- In addition to making discrimination illegal on the basis of age, disability, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, gender and sex orientation as federal laws do, New Jersey expands this coverage. New Jersey’s laws include prohibiting employment discrimination because of marital or familial status, military service liability and genetic discrimination.
- New Jersey discrimination law is also more encompassing than the ADEA of protecting employees under 40. All New Jersey workers who win age discrimination lawsuits can also recover punitive and compensatory damages. These are damages that workers cannot gain under ADEA lawsuits.
- Federal disability laws, such as the ADA, provide protections to workers with disabilities who are able to prove physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity. New Jersey discrimination law for disability discrimination does not have this requirement to file a claim.
Where Do I File a Discrimination Complaint in New Jersey?
Unlike federal laws, the New Jersey Law against discrimination (NJSA 10:5-12) does not have a minimum number of employees a company must have to gain protection from employment discrimination. Many discrimination claims filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) only covers claims made by workers at companies with more than 15 employees.
The New Jersey Division on Civil Rights (DCR) is the state agency that handles discrimination in the workplace claims. No matter which administrative agency you choose to file the claim with, make sure to note that you would like this claim filed in the other agency as well. This will allow both administrative agencies to work together on investigating and moving forward with your workplace discrimination claim.
There are important deadlines for filing a discrimination complaint in New Jersey that can pass quickly. For example, there only have 180 days to file a claim with the DCR beginning from the date you believe the discrimination at work began. If this deadline passes, then you may lose your ability to seek compensation in an employment discrimination lawsuit. This is one reason why it is important to speak with a discrimination lawyer as soon as possible.
Need an Attorney for a Discrimination Case? Call Our New Jersey Discrimination Lawyer Today
Every New Jersey discrimination lawyer at our firm is uniquely handle cases involving discrimination based on age, disability and illness, national origin, sex, race, and religion in employment and education. If you think you have been the victim of discrimination, then please contact our employment attorneys. If you wish to speak to one of our Middlesex County attorneys, please call (732) 636-3030.