The New Jersey Law Against Discrimination has been called one of the most broad-based and far-reaching civil rights statutes in the country. It's something of which New Jersey should be extremely proud. We, of course, know that the New Jersey Law Against discrimination, as we discuss elsewhere on our site, protects victims of discrimination and workplace harassment on the basis of age, sex, disability or perceived disability, sexual orientation or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, LGBT status, military status, race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, creed, familial status, or cellular or blood trait.
A Law For Victims And Those Who Stand Up For Victims
Did you also know that the New Jersey LAD protects people who support, aid or who give assistance, perhaps by way of encouragement or supplying helpful evidence, to those who assert such discrimination and harassment claims? That's right. The LAD doesn't only protect the victims of workplace harassment and discrimination who are members of the protected class, but it also protects those who protect them.
While you yourself might not have been the victim of the harassment or discrimination, you've got a conscience and you know right and wrong when you see them. You know that the woman who has been sexually harassed by the male boss stands alone and you're going to do the right thing and confirm what she's told the HR representative. The company might not feel brave enough to retaliate directly against her, for her complaint, but it certainly feels comfortable retaliating against you, because you were strong enough in character to support her.
Anyone who has been harassed (exposed to a hostile, intimidating or abusive working environment) because of his or her status, or anyone who has given aid, encouragement or support to someone asserting a claim in good faith under the LAD, is entitled to protection under the anti-retaliation provisions of the LAD.
No one may be terminated, retaliatorily discharged, wrongfully discharged, demoted or transferred because of his or her support of someone who is asserting a claim under the LAD in good faith.
You might not think of yourself as a "whistleblower" when you give aid, support or encouragement to others who are asserting their civil rights under the LAD, but you are and you are doing the right thing. You deserve the protection that the LAD can afford you. The attorneys at the Mount Laurel employment rights law firm of Costello & Mains, LLC, have been protecting those who protect others under the LAD for more than 20 years.
Please call Costello & Mains today at 856-291-0642 (local) or 800-421-0212 (toll-free) or contact us online to arrange a confidential consultation.