NJ Wrongful Discharge & Unlawful Termination Attorneys
Most individuals are loyal, work hard, and do not expect to be fired for no reason. What many employees do not realize is that they work “at will”, which means they can be fired at any time for any reason. If an employer is motivated by unlawful considerations, however, there may be grounds for a wrongful discharge claim.
If you have been fired because of an employer’s illegal action, you need a highly skilled employment attorney to fight for your rights. The law firm of Lenzo & Reis LLC works with employees throughout New Jersey who have lost their jobs because of discrimination, retaliation, or other violations of the law.
Grounds for a Wrongful Termination Lawsuit in NJ
While not every employment termination is illegal, grounds for a wrongful dismissal claim include the following:
- Discrimination –– In New Jersey, the Law Against Discrimination makes it illegal for an employer to fire an individual because of his or her age, race, color, ancestry, nationality, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, religion, pregnancy, marital status, domestic partnership status, civil union status, or military service.
- Retaliation — An employee cannot be terminated for engaging in a legally protected activity such as aiding another employee in pursuing discrimination or harassment claims, seeking family or medical leave, or making a claim for workers’ compensation.
- Whistleblowing — Under the New Jersey Conscientious Employee Protection Act, an employee who discloses, testifies about, objects to, or refuses to participate in conduct that the employee reasonably believes is a violation of law or public policy is protected from retaliation. The conduct at issue could involve workplace safety issues, environmental problems, fraud, FDA violations, SEC violations, or improper healthcare, among many other areas of law The New Jersey Law Against Discrimination prohibits employers from retaliating against employees who complain about unlawful discrimination or harassment.
- Violations of Public Policy — An employer cannot fire an individual for exercising a constitutional right, such as freedom of expression. For example, the New Jersey Supreme Court has held that an employee who is not in a safety-sensitive position cannot be fired for refusing or failing a random drug test because to do so would violate the employee’s constitutional right to privacy.
- Breach of Contract — An employer cannot terminate an employee in violation of an oral or written contract that limits the grounds for termination or provides for employment for a specified term.
At Lenzo & Reis LLC, we know that getting fired can be a devastating experience, especially for an individual who has been unjustly terminated. If you were discharged illegally, you may be able to recover money damages for lost pay, lost benefits, emotional distress, punitive damages, and attorneys’ fees.
We routinely represent employees in New Jersey in wrongful termination cases. By understanding the unique circumstances of your wrongful dismissal, we will resolve your claim whether by negotiation, mediation, or litigation in the courts. If you believe you were unjustly fired, call Lenzo & Reis LLC today at 973-845-9922.