Filing Claims in New Jersey for Employment Discrimination and related NJ employment law issues
NEW JERSEY follows the doctrine of employment-at-will. This means that in most cases an employer can terminate one’s employment at any time for any reason or for no reason. However, there are some exceptions. An employer cannot discriminate on the basis of sex, race, age, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, or disability (handicap), etc. Other exceptions are that an employer cannot breach an express or implied contract if it has entered a binding one (including certain handbooks, promises, company policies and uniform practices) and cannot terminate an employee for objecting to or refusing to participate in illegal, unethical or otherwise protected activities. The variety of potential employment-related claims is too numerous to be described here.
Time limitations for bringing employment-related claims are often short, and meeting applicable deadlines is crucial in pursuing a claim. It is important that you obtain an individualized legal consultation well in advance of the earliest applicable statute of limitations deadline(s).
You may find an attorney who handles employment matters through your County Bar Association’s Lawyer Referral Service.
Local Southern New Jersey County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Services:
Burlington County (609) 261-486
Camden County (856) 482-0618
Gloucester County (856) 848-4589
Atlantic County (609) 345-3444
Mercer County (609) 585-6200
EMPLOYEE DISCRIMINATION CLAIMS BEFORE THE NEW JERSEY DIVISION ON CIVIL RIGHTS:
Employees working in New Jersey are afforded 180 days from receiving notice of an adverse action by their employer against them to file a charge of discrimination with the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights (DCR). The DCR’s Camden, New Jersey office is located at One Port Center, 2 Riverside Drive, Suite 402, Camden, New Jersey, 08103 (856) 614-2550.
EMPLOYMENT DISCRIMINATION CLAIMS BEFORE THE EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY COMMISSION (“EEOC”):
To bring a federal lawsuit for violation of certain federal laws (i.e., Title VII, ADA, ADEA) prohibiting employment discrimination, private-sector New Jersey and Pennsylvania employees must first file a timely charge with the EEOC within 300 days from first receiving notice of the employer’s adverse action. They must then file suit in federal court within 90 days after receipt of a Right To Sue Notice from the EEOC. The EEOC is located at 801 Market Street, Suite 1300, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107 (215) 440-2601. Failure to timely file with the EEOC will bar any federal law discrimination claims an employee may have. However, a New Jersey employee may still be able to file NJ Law Against Discrimination claims in State Superior Court within two (2) years of their last date actually worked, even if they failed to file suit within 90 days of receipt of EEOC Notice of Right To Sue.