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If your employer has discriminated against you or fired you for an illegal reason, you could benefit from the legal advice of The Law Offices of Eric A. Shore, P.C. As your employment lawyer and wrongful termination lawyer in Cherry Hill, NJ, we can tell you whether your employer has violated your rights and help you know if you might have a case against them.
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Issues Our Employment Lawyers Can Help With
Our attorneys at The Law Offices of Eric A. Shore, P.C. have years of experience assisting clients with employment disputes in Cherry Hill, NJ. We can help you with all employment law cases, such as:
- Retaliatory termination
- Sexual harassment
- Employment contract issues
- Discrimination due to your age, race, religion, or disability
- Hostile workplaces
- Wrongful termination
It can be difficult to prove wrongful termination. Did your employer break the law by firing you, or did they let you go for a valid reason? An employment lawyer in Cherry Hill, NJ, can sort out the facts of your case and help you understand whether you may be able to make a claim against your former employer.
If your employer fired you for speaking out against wrongdoing or standing up for your colleagues’ rights, you may have a case against them for wrongful termination. Your employer can’t legally fire you for reporting them if they’ve done something that’s against the law.
Do you suspect that your employer fired you because of your gender, age, or religion? Perhaps they were upset that you needed time off to attend worship services, for instance. Or maybe they let you go because they preferred to have a woman working at the front desk instead of a man. Examples like these may qualify as wrongful termination.
Other signs that you may have been wrongfully terminated include:
- You had an employment contract and your employer fired you for unclear reasons
- Your boss slandered you during the termination process (for instance, by badmouthing you to your co-workers)
- Your employer dismissed you while you were on FMLA leave
- Your employer didn’t give you your last paycheck after letting you go
Age discrimination is very common in the workplace, but fortunately, the law prevents employers from treating older employees worse than younger ones. If you think that your employer may have fired you because of your age, you might have a case against them.
To prove age discrimination, you and your employment lawyer in Cherry Hill, NJ will need to demonstrate that:
- You met the requirements for your position (or the job you wanted to hold)
- You experienced some type of deferential employment action, such as a demotion, termination, or pay cut
- A younger employee replaced you, or the employer gave younger employees preferential treatment
When you come to work, the last thing you want or expect is for another employee to harass or assault you. If your co-worker touches you inappropriately or constantly bothers you to ask for a date, you are a victim of sexual harassment.
Your first instinct may be to go to your company’s human resources department, and in many cases, this is enough to settle the problem. However, HR doesn’t always look out for employees, and some smaller companies don’t have a human resources department at all.
Next, you might turn to your boss. Unfortunately, they might refuse to fire the harassing co-worker because “they’re such a good employee.” This exact situation has played out more times than you know.
If your employer won’t address sexual harassment or you felt forced to quit because of their inaction, this may count as wrongful termination.
If you’ve had an accident at work or suffered a work-related injury, you may qualify for workers’ compensation. Some Cherry Hill employers make it hard for you to claim these benefits, however. The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) might deny your claim if your employer tries to say that you were injured outside of work property.
If the DWC has denied your workers’ comp claim or your employer is making you jump through hoops to file a report.
New Jersey Whistleblower Laws
Under the New Jersey Conscientious Employee Protection Act, also known as the whistleblower statute, employers cannot fire, demote, or suspend employees who disclose (or threaten to disclose) actions that break the law. If an employer does this, the court may fine them $1,000 for their first violation and up to $5,000 for every violation thereafter.
Many employers are aware of the law, which is why they won’t fire you outright. Instead, they might retaliate against you for blowing the whistle. However, this is illegal as well.
If a New Jersey court finds the employer guilty of firing you for reporting them, they may be required to give you back your job, including all benefits and seniority rights. They’ll also have to provide back pay and cover your attorney’s fees.
If you are the victim of retaliation, discrimination, harassment, or wrongful termination, you shouldn’t take this injustice lying down. The Law Offices of Eric A. Shore will fight for your rights, and our attorneys stand ready to represent you should your case go to trial. Plus, our experienced team can guide you on how to prepare for a workers’ compensation hearing, ensuring you are fully ready for every step of the legal process.
To speak with an employment lawyer in New Jersey, call The Law Offices of Eric A. Shore at 1 (800) CANT-WORK today.