Labor Laws – NJ Labor Law Lawyers
Enforcing national and state laws on your behalf
You work hard for your paycheck. You tirelessly grind day after day, only to be treated unfairly at work. The good news is that tough New Jersey and federal laws are in place to protect workers’ rights. However, these statutes are intricate. Work-related lawsuits are often difficult to prove and are subjective to a court’s opinion. That’s where we come in.
The NJ employment lawyers at Aiello, Harris, Marth, Tunnero & Schiffman, P.C. steadfastly stand strong against workers’ rights violations. For decades, our experienced attorneys have helped people in New Jersey fight back against unscrupulous employers who deny qualified employees their rights.
Your introduction to New Jersey laws in the workplace
State and national laws protect certain rights, such as:
- The right to a harassment-free workplace
- Freedom from discrimination based on gender, sex, race and age
- Time off from work to care for a sick family member
- A leave of absence from work to have a baby or to handle your own illness
- The right to your promised retirement benefits
In general, if you are teased at work, someone is unfriendly to you, you suffered a minor slight, or any other non-serious, isolated behavior, it probably is not substantial enough to constitute legal action.
Some employers are not covered by certain laws. For example, some laws aren’t enforced unless a company employs 15 or more workers. So, if you work for a small business with only a couple employees, you might not be eligible to take action. However, our lawyers at Aiello, Harris, Marth, Tunnero & Schiffman, P.C can review the specifics of your case and let you know if you have a charge worth pursuing.
A sampling of federal and New Jersey workplace laws
Over the years, the state of New Jersey and the federal legislature have enacted a bevy of work-related statutes to cover a variety of illegal behavior. These workplace laws were created to protect the rights of employees to work in an environment where they feel safe.
Some laws we deal with often include:
- The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is a federal law which allows eligible employees to take a period of unpaid leave from work for family or medical reasons with the reassurance that their job is safe.
- The New Jersey Family Leave Act (NJFLA) protects NJ workers who need to take time off to care for a sick loved one.
- The New Jersey Conscientious Employee Protection Act (CEPA) is designed to safeguard whistleblowers from retaliation in the workplace.
- The Qui Tam provision of the False Claims Act (FCA) allows citizens to file lawsuits on the government’s behalf when they discover that a company is defrauding the government.
- The Americans With Disability Act (ADA) prevents disabled workers from being discriminated against at work – and requires employers to provide reasonable disability accommodations.
- The Employment Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) upholds minimum standards for employers who offer benefit packages and retirement plans.
- The Age Discrimination In Employment Act (ADEA) helps employees 40 years old and over from suffering adverse employment actions.
- The New Jersey Civil Rights Act Of 2004 (NJCRA) protects the civil rights of both public and private sectors in the workplace.
- The New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (NJLAD) is a broad, encompassing law designed to help employees who have been mistreated at work due to certain characteristics, such as race, religion, sex, disability, age and more.
To learn more about these and other laws, speak with a member of our qualified legal staff today.
Your NJ labor law lawyers fighting for your workplace rights
The NJ law firm of Aiello, Harris, Marth, Tunnero & Schiffman is available 24/7 at (908) 561-5577 or contact us online. If you are suffering from unfair treatment in the workplace, call us right now. Let us use our vast knowledge of New Jersey labor laws to help you. We will come to you or you can schedule an appointment at one of our offices in Watchung or Lyndhurst NJ.