Both the State of New Jersey and the U.S. government prohibit workplace harassment in many forms. If you have been subjected to harassment at work because of a specific trait that is protected by law, your employer can be held accountable.
The New Jersey workplace harassment lawyers of Costello & Mains, P.C., bring two decades of experience in employment litigation. Based in Mount Laurel, our legal team represents workers of all walks of life in South Jersey and statewide in harassment lawsuits.
You have the right to a safe work environment, free from harassment or intimidation by the owner, supervisors, co-workers or even customers. We offer a confidential consultation to explore the merits of your case and your legal remedies.
New Jersey Hostile Workplace Environment Attorneys
While sexual harassment is the most common claim, workplace harassment takes many forms. The New Jersey Law Against Discrimination and other state and federal laws also outlaw:
- Racial harassment
- Ethnicity or national origin harassment
- Age harassment
- Sexual orientation harassment
- Perceived sexual orientation harassment
- Transgender harassment
- LGBT harassment
- Pregnancy harassment
- Disability harassment
- Military service harassment
- Whistleblower harassment
- Religion and creed harassment
- Familial status harassment
- Workplace bullying
What Constitutes Harassment?
Harassment can be physical, such as pushing or punching. Harassment can be sexual, such as suggestive overtures or unwelcome touching. Harassment can be verbal, such as taunts or crude epithets. Harassment can be visual, such as cartoons or pictures from the Internet. Harassment can be psychological, such as anonymous messages, dirty looks or spreading false gossip. It may be any combination of these.
Workplace harassment in New Jersey is conduct that is hostile, intimidating or abusive, which is either severe or pervasive, and which is based upon a protected characteristic such as race, gender, sexual orientation, age, ethnicity, religion, national origin, color or sex.
The common thread is abusive or humiliating behavior that singles out the person and creates a hostile working environment. If the behavior is so bad that you can't do your job, can't sleep at night or don't want to come to work, you may have grounds for a workplace harassment lawsuit.
Exercise Your Employment Law Rights
The remedy may be to make the behavior stop or to reprimand or fire the offender(s). Or you may be entitled to monetary damages for the emotional and psychological harm. Our employment law team, led by a certified trial attorney, is well-versed in harassment laws and the legal proceedings. We enable clients to stand up to any employer, from small business to major corporations or government agencies.
Contact us today for a confidential consultation with our New Jersey workplace harassment attorneys.