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No, you can't be discriminated against because of your hair

On your first day of work, you made sure to look your best. You knew that your workplace didn't allow unnatural hair colors, so you took out your bright, pink braids and opted for a more natural blonde. You had your new braids installed just a day or two before you went in, so you knew that they looked fresh and that you looked put together.

Discriminated against for your age? You may have a claim

You've been in your field for around 30 years. You've worked hard to move up the ladder and get to where you are today. Of course, many things have changed in your workplace over the last three decades. The way employees are treated, how you complete your work and many other aspects of your work have changed.

Can an at-will employee also be wrongfully terminated?

It can create a significant economic hardship if you're fired. A loss of a job can make it hard for a worker to find future employment. You should realize that not all terminations are lawful though. If you've been fired from your job due to retaliation or discrimination, for example, then you may have fallen victim to wrongful termination. While it may not be easy to file a lawsuit in such instances as an at-will employee, it's not completely out of question.

Does New Jersey law prohibit retaliation for whistleblowing?

Everyone hopes to find a rewarding career and a place where they can work and feel pride in what they do. There are instances in which workers find themselves in a dilemma, though. One such instance is if an employee finds out that some type of impropriety is going on at their place of employment. It can take a lot of courage for workers to step up and report the activities.

What are New Jersey's minimum wage laws?

Almost every state including New Jersey (NJ) has a minimum wage in place. This amount is often characterized as the lowest possible hourly rate that an individual can receive for the work that they perform. While this is generally the case, there are some exceptions to this rule. When a state has no minimum wage, that minimum defaults to the federal minimum wage. Individuals who work in certain sectors may be entitled to less pay. Businesses with a smaller staff may be allowed to compensate workers at a lower rate as well.

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