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Can you be lawfully discharged after being discriminated against?

On Behalf of | Dec 27, 2019 | Wrongful Termination |

Certain federal laws exist that can land an employer in hot water if they violate them. Many of these pieces of legislation prohibit discrimination in the workplace. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is responsible for enforcing federal laws such as Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967. Not all employers are required to abide by these pieces of legislation though.

Burlington employers are generally only required to abide by EEOC laws when they employ 15 or more workers. New Jersey employers with fewer than this number of employees can be held accountable for any violations of this federal law though.

Federal agencies are required to abide by federal anti-discrimination laws regardless of how many employees they have. Local or state employers may also be prohibited from discriminating against employees. With smaller companies, it often boils down to what type of discrimination is alleged to have occurred and how a company is incorporated. This affects whether an employee can file a discrimination suit or not.

Municipal, county or state anti-discrimination rules may apply to a workplace when federal ones don’t. These rules or laws may prohibit individuals from treating workers unfairly based on race, national origin, age, sexual orientation, pregnancy, disability, gender or religion.

Many individuals are treated poorly in their workplace for one reason or another here in New Jersey. Few stand up and do something about it though. It’s that handful of individuals who do that are successful in effectuating change for others who may be treated unfairly on down the line. An attorney can help you recover compensation for lost wages and other damages if discrimination has resulted in you unnecessarily losing your job here in Burlington.