Discrimination in the workplace can take many different forms and, while it is illegal at both the state and federal levels, discrimination still occurs much more often than it should. At the law office of the Sattiraju Law Firm, PC, our premier employment law firm can assist you if you’re a victim of workplace discrimination. To learn more about your rights and how our New Brunswick discrimination lawyer can help, please call us directly today for your free consultation.
Types of Discrimination
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recognizes 12 different types of discrimination. These include discrimination based on or related to the following:
- Equal pay or compensation
- Genetic information
- National origin
- Sexual harassment
If a person is discriminated against at work for any of the above, they have the right to bring forth a discrimination claim against their employer. Our New Brunswick discrimination attorney can help.
How to Bring Forth a Discrimination Complaint
If you are being discriminated against at work in New Jersey, you can file a complaint with the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights (DCR) or the federal EEOC – the two agencies maintain a work-sharing agreement, and will cooperate to process your claim regardless of where you file.
If you are filing a charge of discrimination against your employer, you must do so within 180 days from the date that the discrimination took place. If you wait longer than this, you’ll be in breach of the statute of limitations, and may be unable to pursue any remedy as such.
After you file a charge, the DCR or the EEOC will contact you and ask you and your employer to participate in mediation, will ask the employer to provide a written response to your claim, or will dismiss the claim.
In some cases, filing a lawsuit is the best way to resolve your case and recover compensation for any damages that you have suffered as a result of the discrimination. Types of compensation that you may be able to recover in an employment discrimination lawsuit include compensation for back pay, front pay, and lost benefits. You may also be reinstated to your original position if you were wrongfully terminated. In some cases, punitive damages may also be available, as well as compensation for legal fees you’ve incurred.
Get Help With Your New Brunswick Discrimination Claim
You deserve to work in an environment that is free of discrimination. Discrimination in the workplace is both unethical and illegal, and if it’s occurring, you should consult with an experienced labor law attorney who can advise you. At Sattiraju Law Firm, PC, our New Brunswick discrimination lawyers know how emotional and challenging taking action can be, but we will provide you with the support and counsel you need to be successful. To learn more about your rights and how we can assist you, please call our law firm directly today or send us a message telling us more about your case. We offer free consultations.