New Jersey Law Protects Employees From Demotions Based on Discrimination

HNWBusiness Law, Employment Law

New Jersey has specific laws in place that prevent discrimination by employers against employees. The New Jersey Law Against Discrimination applies to many discrimination policies or decisions in the work environment, whether because of age, sexual orientation, race, or other practices. Just because you are an employee for an employer does not give it the right to terminate or even demote you based on unlawful discrimination. You have rights under the NJ Law Against Discrimination and the courts will make sure the law is applied evenly regardless of whether you work for a large or a small company.

The Courts recently heard a case against United Parcel Service (UPS), in which an employee claimed he was demoted from his managerial position as retaliation for him complaining about certain practices he observed in the workplace. The Employee cited the Law Against Discrimination as protection against his demotion, claiming that it was purely due to discrimination. The jury ruled in favor of the employee and awarded the employee $200,000 for emotional distress and $500,000 in economic damages.

Large companies often feel that since an employee works for them they are entitled to treat them however they please. Many people are not aware that wrongful termination involves more than simply firing someone. Demotion, skipping over someone for a promotion, and other decisions can all be considered a violation of the Law Against Discrimination. The State of New Jersey and the New Jersey Courts protect you and ensure these laws are followed.

If you have any questions regarding discriminatory practices in the workplace environment or employment law in general, please contact Fredrick P. Niemann, Esq. today. He can be reached at (855) 376-5291 or by email at Mr. Niemann would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.

By Fredrick P. Niemann, Esq. of Hanlon Niemann & Wright, a Freehold Township, Monmouth County, NJ Employment Law Attorney


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