What Is Wrongful Termination?
Wrongful termination employee lawsuits are very commonly filed in New Jersey, because many deserving and hardworking employees find themselves terminated for invalid reasons. For instance, it is not uncommon to see long-standing workers laid off because they draw too high a salary, or top-performing workers get laid off after being falsely accused at the workplace.
In New Jersey, however, unfair termination doesn’t always mean legally actionable/illegal termination, which is why you need the advice of a lawyer before filing your wrongful termination suit.
The reason for this is that New Jersey is an “Employment at Will” state, which is a blanket rule that means provided you don’t have an individual contract of employment, a group contract such as Collective Bargaining Agreements or legal claim to your placement e.g. civil servants or tenured officers, your employer is allowed to terminate you for any reason or no reason at all and isn’t obligated to provide notice.
Furthermore, it is perfectly legal in New Jersey to terminate an employee not protected by any form of an employment contract or tenure provisions on the account of favoritism or nepotism, provided the action did not stem from illegal discrimination or other reasons by law, such as whistleblower retaliation.
What To Do After Wrongful Termination
Fortunately, there are many exceptions provided by law to the Employment at Will Rule in New Jersey, which means that you may have a case if you have been wrongfully terminated. If you are facing this circumstance, contact The Law Office of Benjamin Friedman to request a consultation where the facts of your case will be evaluated.
In New Jersey, it is illegal to terminate an employee because of their national origin, race, gender, disability, age, sexual orientation, pregnancy or religion – all of these constitute illegal discrimination. Also, an employer may not terminate you for raising a complaint or objection to improper or illegal activities and practices in the workplace, or asserting your rights provided by law.
It is also illegal for an employer to fire you for taking medical leave or family leave or because an employer does not make reasonable provisions for employees’ disabilities. Also, it is illegal to terminate a person if the termination is in clear violation of the New Jersey public policy. Before charting your next move, you should seek counsel from an experienced lawyer in New Jersey Employment Law.
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There are many state and federal laws passed to protect employee rights against unfair treatment and illegal termination, including the NJ Law Against Discrimination, NJ Conscientious Employee Protection Act, NJ Family Leave Act, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Americans with Disability Act and the Family and Medical Leave Act among others.
If you feel that you have been terminated for any of the above reasons, or to learn more about your rights as an employee, please contact The Law Office of Benjamin Friedman.