Thanks to the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination, more employees have a better understanding about what is – and is not – acceptable behavior in the workplace. There will always be exceptions; however, and if you find yourself on the receiving end of discrimination it’s important to know what to do next. An employer has no motivation to change his or her discriminatory practices unless they are held accountable for their actions. By filing an employment discrimination claim, you do your part to ensure a better workplace for each of your co-workers.
Unlike a federal discrimination claim filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), a state discrimination claim is filed with the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights (DCR) and can be brought against any employer, no matter how small their workforce. If your employer has more than 15 employees you can also elect to cross-file your claim with both agencies. Before proceeding, however, it is best to consult with a South Jersey employment discrimination lawyer. If either the EEOC or DCR find that a claim lacks merit, a discrimination victim will be barred from any further pursuit of their claim. For that reason, in some cases it could be more beneficial to bypass both agencies and file a lawsuit in Superior Court.
Should you choose to proceed with the DCR, your claim must be filed within 180 days of the discrimination taking place. Be prepared to back up your claim with as much detail as possible. The name and address of the person who allegedly discriminated against you must be provided, as well as the names and addresses of witnesses, documentation to support your claim and documentation to support the damages you seek. Additionally, the DCR will ask about any preexisting company-wide rules or policies that addressed the type of discrimination being alleged, whether the discrimination interfered with your ability to perform job duties, and any other way in which you were adversely affected by what happened.
Sidney L. Gold & Associates Represent Victims of Employment Discrimination
Discrimination in the workplace must never be tolerated. If you or a loved one have been discriminated against, various state and federal laws offer you protection. South Jersey employment discrimination lawyers at Sidney L. Gold & Associates have vast experience in handling discrimination claims throughout the region. Contact us online or call 215-569-1999 to schedule a free consultation in our Philadelphia offices, where we serve clients throughout Southeast Pennsylvania as well as New Jersey.