New Jersey Gender Discrimination Attorney

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NJ Employment Lawyers is dedicated to helping employees throughout New Jersey fight back against gender discrimination. If you have been treated unfairly by an employer because of your gender, our gender discrimination lawyer is here to protect your rights. 

Gender discrimination in the workplace not only interferes with your right to earn a living but is illegal under federal and state law. While many victims of gender discrimination are reluctant to come forward because of potential reputational harm, you cannot be legally retaliated against for complaining about or reporting discrimination.

Once you become our client, you can depend on us to negotiate a fair and just settlement, or, if necessary, take your case to court. Rest assured, we will guide you through every aspect of the process, protect your rights, and fight to win you just compensation. Contact our office today for a consultation. 

What is Gender Discrimination?

Gender discrimination occurs when an employee or job applicant is discriminated against based on their gender, sexual orientation, or gender identity. In other words, gender discrimination involves any form of sex-based discrimination. While some forms are obvious, others may be subtle. No matter how it occurs, this type of gender bias in the workplace may result in inequity in:

  • Hiring
  • Compensation 
  • Working conditions
  • Promotions
  • Benefits (e.g. health, retirement)
  • Paid time off and sick leave 
  • Layoffs, recalls, or demotions
  • Termination

Also, sexual harassment is considered a form of unlawful gender discrimination. Demanding sexual favors in exchange for an employment benefit (e.g. hiring, promotion) or being terminated for refusing a sexual advance is referred to as quid pro quo harassment. The law also protects you from being subjected to offensive comments or conduct that are severe and pervasive enough to create an abusive or hostile work environment.

Whether you are being subjected to sex-based discrimination or harassment in your workplace, you need an experienced gender discrimination attorney on your side. This is where NJ Employment Lawyers comes in. We have a proven history of record-breaking success in settlement negotiations and at trial, having won millions of dollars for our clients. 

How The Law Protects You Against Gender Discrimination

In New Jersey, both federal and state laws protect you against gender discrimination in the workplace:

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII) 

Title VII prohibits discrimination based on sex, which the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2019 includes sexual orientation and gender identity. Notably, this law only covers employers with 15 or more employees. Before filing a lawsuit under federal law, you must file a charge (a complaint) with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). If the EEOC determines you have a valid claim and cannot resolve it through the agency’s conciliation process, you will be issued a right to sue letter. 

The New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (NJLAD) 

New Jersey law also prohibits employers from basing their employment decisions (e.g. hiring, compensating, firing) on gender, sexual orientation, and gender identity. You have stronger legal protection under the NJLAD because it applies to all employers in the state, regardless of the number of employees. In addition, you are not required to file an administrative complaint before filing a lawsuit.

At New Jersey Employment Lawyers, we have extensive experience representing clients in administrative proceedings as well as in state and federal court. Regardless of the forum, you can trust us to protect your right to work without fear of gender discrimination.  

Our Gender Discrimination Attorney Will Fight Hard for You

Our legal team has the skills and resources to handle your claim with diligence and care. To substantiate your gender discrimination claim, we will conduct a thorough investigation by:

  • Identifying and interviewing witnesses who can corroborate your claim, including coworkers and supervisors
  • Obtaining and reviewing your personnel file and performance reviews
  • Investigating any history of similar misconduct by the defendant

Though you may be frightened about taking legal action against your employer, we will level the playing field and work tirelessly to achieve a positive outcome.

Damages You Can Recover

Although no two employment discrimination cases are the same, you may be awarded damages such as:

  • Back and front pay if you have been wrongfully terminated 
  • Lost bonuses/paid time off
  • The value of lost employment benefits (health, retirement)
  • Reputational damage
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Attorneys’ fees and court costs 

Depending on the circumstances, you may also be entitled to equitable remedies, such as being reinstated to your position or promoted. 

Contact Our Experienced New Jersey Gender Discrimination Attorney Today

At NJ Employment Lawyers, we believe that no one should put up with gender discrimination. We know how to hold the responsible parties accountable and will fight to win you compensation and restore your dignity. Contact us today so we can start working on your claim.