Topic: Wrongful Termination
Experienced Employment Lawyers for Retaliatory Practices
Many employees see a job as a lifeline for finances and benefits and will do what they can to hold on to it, even if it means going unpaid for overtime or putting up with the discriminatory practices of an employer.
However, employees who do find themselves speaking out against such behavior oftentimes find themselves retaliated against for doing so, and are usually fired. South Jersey wrongful termination lawyers would like to note that such practices on the part of the employer are illegal and could leave them facing hefty fines.
Knowing the Confines of “At Will” Employment
Many workers in New Jersey are considered to be “at will” employees, meaning that unless it is stated otherwise in a legally binding employment contract their employer can terminate their position at any time. While this may seem to give the employer an inordinate amount of power over the employee, there are federal and state laws that protect workers from discriminatory and retaliatory behaviors. Terminations that employees suspect were made due to any of the following factors may have been wrongful, and therefore illegal:
Gender or gender expression
Reasons for Retaliation
With employment law protections in New Jersey being so stringent and explicit, it may come as a surprise to some that retaliation in the workplace is still a prevalent issue; however, it still persists. Despite being cognizant of their local laws, employers in New Jersey may retaliate against employees for various reasons, including whistleblowing and denying sexually harassing requests.
Whistleblowers in South Jersey
“Whistleblowers” are employees who report the fraudulent actions of their employers to the federal government in what are known as “qui tam” proceedings. It is generally during or shortly after these proceedings that the employer, feeling slighted, will terminate the employee, generally citing a poor work performance or corporate downsizing. However, if this action was retaliatory, the employee may be entitled to compensation.
Sexual Harassment in South Jersey
Another reason for wrongful termination in South Jersey can occur when an employee is fired after rejecting the sexual advances of an employer. In what is usually called a “quid pro quo” offer, an employer will promise an employee something, generally more compensation or a promotion, in exchange for sexual favors. The favors themselves do not always have to be overtly sexual in nature, but can include a promise for dates or other unprofessional actions. When an employee denies such advances, the employer, either feeling slighted or embarrassed, may either terminate them or deny them an opportunity in the form of a promotion or change in responsibilities. Employees affected by such behavior should know that this sort of unprofessional, unethical behavior should not be tolerated.
South Jersey Wrongful Termination Lawyers at Sidney L. Gold & Associates P.C. Represent Individuals Affected by Retaliation
If you suspect that an employer fired you for a discriminatory or retaliatory reason, you may be entitled to compensation. Do not let a termination affect your future job prospects. Call South Jersey wrongful termination lawyers at Sidney L. Gold & Associates at 866-569-8744, or contact us online to schedule your free initial consultation with a qualified employment lawyer.