Do I Have a Discrimination Case in New Jersey?
Since you found our website you must feel you are the victim of employment discrimination, harassment, retaliation, or some wrong in the workplace. Our Mercer County discrimination attorneys speak to many people like you who feel the same way. Often we are able to help them; but sometimes we have to explain that unfair treatment is not the same thing as illegal treatment. Here are two questions to help determine if you have a claim that we can assert on your behalf.
Have you suffered “adverse employment action?”
In other words, have you been suspended, demoted or terminated, or have you been subjected to a hostile work environment that has caused you to feel that you cannot continue to work?
If you answered “yes” to this question, then you have been injured. But not every injury gives rise to a legal claim. The next question is critical:
Is your injury due to your protected status (such as your age, race, gender, sexual orientation or disability), or in retaliation for engaging in some protected conduct (such as refusing to participate in illegal or unethical activity)?
You can only prevail in a discrimination or retaliation claim if you can establish that you have been treated badly because of some protected status or activity. In other words, if your employer is generally mean or unfair to all or most employees, then, even though you may have been injured, you probably don’t have a discrimination claim. But if you have been singled out for mistreatment because of, for example, your age, disability or religion, or because you have threatened to “blow the whistle” on illegal activity, then you may be able to recover damages for the wrong.
Although asking and answering the above questions should give you a general sense of whether you have an employment claim able to be pursued in court, you should nevertheless speak to an attorney about the details of your situation and get his/her advice on the claim. An attorney frequently is able to elicit facts from an employee which the employee doesn’t think to be significant but which the attorney realizes provides the basis for a claim able to be pursued.
Experienced Mercer County discrimination law firm
Not everything that is unfair is illegal. But if you think you may have a case, or if you want to find out more, contact one of our Mercer County discrimination lawyers at Zuckerman & Fisher, L.L.C. to discuss your situation. We are located in Princeton in Mercer County, New Jersey, but we have statewide experience resolving all types of discrimination, harassment and retaliation claims, whether through settlement or trial.
Contact an experienced discrimination lawyer in Mercer County
If you have been discriminated against in the course of your employment, you need a skilled Mercer County discrimination lawyer on your side. Contact the law office of Zuckerman & Fisher, L.L.C. online or at 609.514.0514 to speak with a seasoned discrimination lawyer in Mercer County.