New Jersey Marital Status Discrimination Attorneys
Marital status refers to being married, single, widowed, or divorced. Civil union status and domestic partnership status refer to having legally entered into a civil union or domestic partnership under New Jersey’s provisions for those types of partnerships.
Marital status discrimination is usually driven by either stereotypes or some sort of personal moral code on the part of the employer or supervisor. Stereotypes rear their head when an employer denies a female employee a promotion or raise because she is married and has another income. Those stereotypes also rear their head when a supervisor hires a single employee instead of a married one based on the perception that a single person will work longer hours. Those stereotypes rear up again when an employer lays off a single person instead of a married person who has children because the latter has a family to support. The moral codes come in to play when employers or supervisors discriminate against an employee who is cohabiting with someone or has children with someone, but is not married.
Civil union status and domestic partnership status discrimination is usually accompanied by sexual orientation discrimination. Sometimes it is the civil union or domestic partnership ceremony that “outs” the employee in the workplace.
If you are being or have been discriminated against because your marital or civil union status, call the New Jersey marital status discrimination attorneys at Lenzo & Reis, LLC at 973-845-9922. Our New Jersey discrimination attorneys represent individuals who have been subjected to marital status discrimination in Newark, Jersey City, Morristown and across New Jersey.