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Dealing with religious discrimination in the workplace

When you go to work, you have the right to expect an environment that is free from harassment and discrimination. Unfortunately, you may not get that. Many New Jersey employees experience religious discrimination in the workplace, and you may be one of them. If you are, you do not have to suffer in silence and endure this type of treatment alone. 

You have the right to speak out regarding discriminatory treatment in your workplace. If you believe you are receiving negative treatment because of your faith, that is a direct violation of federal law. Employers must recognize and respect your rights, and they have the obligation to make sure they do not allow the development of a hostile work environment. 

Protections from pregnancy discrimination in the workplace

When you are pregnant, you may not be able to perform the duties of your job like you could before. Being pregnant can limit your ability to perform physical activities like lifting or bending over. A pregnancy can also mean that you have to take extra time off work. But if you are pregnant, your employer cannot use these limitations as a reason to fire you or discriminate against you.

Both New Jersey law and federal law include protections for pregnant women. These protections make sure that women do not face discrimination due to their pregnancy. They include protections for:

Age discrimination: A growing problem

When we think about discrimination, the things that often first come to mind are race, sex, religion or sexual orientation. But one serious and often overlooked form of discrimination is ageism.

The American population is growing older, and that means more people of all ages will take on a variety of jobs. And with the aging population comes more discrimination on the basis of age.

Ding Dong Forced Arbitration and Confidentiality Are Dead (in Employment Cases)

On March 18, 2019, Governor Murphy signed a game-changing law that will benefit all New Jersey workers. That law, S121, makes two important changes to what rights employees can be forced to give up just to be able to work.

The first change is that, as of March 18, employers can no longer force employees to arbitrate their discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation claims or give up any other rights related to those claims. The second significant change is that employers can no longer demand silence in exchange for the settlement of discrimination, harassment and/or retaliation claims.

THE TRUTH ABOUT WHISTLEBLOWERS

Whistleblowers are often wrongly portrayed as disgruntled, underhanded troublemakers lurking in the dark in attempts to wreak havoc on employers or the government for their own personal financial gain and/or notoriety. This cartoonish characterization is not just laughable to those of us who regularly represent whistleblowing employees but both severely undermines the important role played by whistleblowers in our society and completely ignores the ostracism, retaliation, and economic as well as emotional tolls suffered by whistleblowing employees.

An Aging Workforce

Despite the existence of federal and state laws that protect employees from discrimination on the basis of age, a high percentage of the individuals who call our office every day do so because of age discrimination.

THE TRUTH ABOUT WHISTLEBLOWERS

Whistleblowers are often wrongly portrayed as disgruntled, underhanded troublemakers lurking in the dark in attempts to wreak havoc on employers or the government for their own personal financial gain and/or notoriety. This cartoonish characterization is not just laughable to those of us who regularly represent whistleblowing employees but both severely undermines the important role played by whistleblowers in our society and completely ignores the ostracism, retaliation, and economic as well as emotional tolls suffered by whistleblowing employees.

Gretchen Carlson Files Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Against Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes in New Jersey

Earlier this month, former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Roger Ailes alleging that he sexually harassed her and that her employment was terminated because she refused to have sex with him.

Discrimination Against LGBT Employees Continues to Be a Serious Problem

According to a recent survey by UCLA's Williams Institute, the four percent of the U.S. workforce that identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered (LGBT) continues to confront pervasive discrimination in the workplace, despite the fact that sexual orientation and gender self-perception have absolutely no effect on job performance.

Transgender Employee Suffers Sexual Harassment and Retaliation at Bojangles Restaurant

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has filed a lawsuit against Bojangles Restaurants, Inc. for creating a hostile work environment for a transgender employee. The alleged incidents took place at the Fayetteville branch of the restaurant.

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