The New Jersey Office of the Attorney General maintains civil rights fact sheets designed to help employees and employers understand their rights and responsibilities. The fact sheet discussing sex discrimination under New Jersey law gives several examples of what is unlawful conduct. In the most general terms, it is illegal under New Jersey law to treat someone differently or unfairly based on gender in the areas of employment, housing, places of public accommodation, contracting and credit. You cannot refuse to hire someone, promote someone, provide equal pay or any other job benefit based on gender. This absolutely applies to both men and women, though few would argue that the two groups are equally likely to be penalized based on gender.
Sex discrimination in practice can take many forms. Victims may be the target of sexually oriented conduct that is unwelcome. They may feel threatened, marginalized or just uncomfortable because of comments, suggestions, gestures or practices. Going to work can begin to feel like a nightmare. Sadly, many victims suffer significant harm and may eventually leave an employment situation without ever getting justice.
How do you hold an employer accountable for violating your civil rights? The first step is to learn more about your options and make sure your rights really have been violated. Speak to a professional who understand sex discrimination cases. In the meantime, document incidents that made you feel violated. You don’t have to tolerate sex discrimination. Your employer cannot retaliate against you asserting your rights.
Source: New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, “NJ Office of the Attorney General Civil Rights Fact Sheet”