New Jersey Gender Discrimination Lawyers
Have you been treated differently at work because of your sex or gender? Were you abused, harassed, fired, or the subject of misconduct simply because you are a woman – or a man? Workplace gender discrimination is illegal in New Jersey. If you have been the victim of unfair employment practices, the time to take legal action is now.
At the New Jersey law firm of Aiello, Harris, Marth, Tunnero & Schiffman, P.C. we know the law is on your side. Both state and federal law prohibits gender discrimination in the workplace. Our NJ lawyers stand ready to be your advocates inside and outside of the courtroom.
What is gender discrimination in New Jersey?
If you are facing negative employment actions based on your gender or sex, it may constitute gender discrimination. Under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (NJLAD), it is “unlawful to subject people to differential treatment based on…gender.” According to the Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, “sex discrimination involves treating someone (an applicant or employee) unfavorably because of that person’s sex.”
The law forbids discrimination when it comes to any aspect of employment, including hiring, firing, pay, job assignments, promotions, layoff, training, fringe benefits, and any other term or condition of employment.
Examples of gender discrimination
Both men and women can suffer gender discrimination at work. A few examples of gender discrimination include:
- Pregnancy discrimination
- Sexism and sexist comments
- Sexual harassment
- Choosing not to hire someone because she is a woman
- Choosing not to hire someone because he is a man
- Firing an employee because of their sex
- Treating an employee badly because of their gender
A minor incident or teasing may not be severe enough to be considered unlawful discrimination. In most cases, the conduct must have considerable negative consequences on your life or employment.
Sexual harassment in New Jersey
Sexual harassment is considered a form of gender discrimination. Any unwanted conduct of a sexual nature may be considered harassment, including:
- Unwelcome sexual advances
- Requests for sexual favors
- Offensive comments
- Sexual joking and teasing
- Offensive text messages, emails, pictures, and videos
- Unwanted physical touching
- Other physical, verbal, or pictorial conduct of a sexual nature that is unwelcome
If you have been the victim of unwanted sexual behavior at work, you could be entitled to compensation. Sexual harassment may include being offered employment perks in exchange for sexual favors, or could be more subtle. You might have been harassed by your boss or by your co-workers.
Sexual harassment and gender discrimination wears many faces. If you are unsure whether or not your situation fits the bill, arrange a free consultation with an employment lawyer today.
Contact our New Jersey gender discrimination lawyers today
The gender discrimination lawyers at Aiello, Harris, Marth, Tunnero & Schiffman are your top resource when your employer has wronged you. We offer free initial consultations to new clients. To speak with a lawyer today, call us at (908) 561-557 or contact us online.