Castronovo & McKinney’s New Jersey Employment Lawyers specialize in representing employees in all matters of employment law throughout the State of New Jersey. If you have experienced any kind of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful discharge or other disputes in the workplace, you will want an experienced NJ Employment Attorney on your side who has handled all aspects of New Jersey employment lawsuits. Our lawyers can also assist you with severance agreements, overtime disputes, and retaliation.
During an employment termination, it may seem like you don’t have many options when facing an employer with an entire Human Resources Department and legal team on their side. However, Castronovo & McKinney’s employment lawyers in NJ have years of experience helping employees get the best results possible. We will work with you to review your case and help you understand all aspects of any lawsuit, contract, or agreement with your employer.
Employment Law Protects Employees in New Jersey
Both the federal and state governments have enacted laws to protect employees in New Jersey. These laws are meant to protect workers against discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wage violations, and breach of contract. Based on these laws, your hiring, promotion, or dismissal cannot be justified by anything more than job performance or experience.
If you feel that you have been wrongly held back, fired, or not hired based on one of these laws, it is important that you know your rights. However, it can be extremely difficult to understand your options and move forward to defend yourself. You need to hire an experienced and skilled New Jersey employment attorney who can assist and explain any claims or legal course of action.
Know Your Rights
You spend a large portion of your life at work. Be sure you’re getting the most out of it. Knowing your rights and understanding the legal protections available to you is an important part of that. At Castronovo & McKinney, we are fierce advocates for New Jersey’s work force. We promote education about the laws and rules that protect you, and we fight for your rights when they are violated. Browse our website to read about workplace discrimination, harassment, wage and hour laws and more. Learn how we help employees with these issues and what we can do for you.
New Jersey and Federal Employment Laws
There are several different laws and regulations that protect workers. The following are a few very important ones, on both the state and federal level, governing employment in New
- New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (NJLAD)
- New Jersey Conscientious Employee Protection Act
- New Jersey Family Leave Act (NJFLA)
- New Jersey State Wage and Hour Law
- New Jersey State Wage Payment Law
- New Jersey Prevailing Wage Act
- Construction Industry Independent Contractor Act (CIICA)
- Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
- Age Discrimination in Employment Act
- Americans with Disabilities Act
- Fair Labor Standards Act
Employment at Will
You’ve likely heard the terms “wrongful termination” and “wrongful discharge” but you may not fully understand their meaning. Many workers erroneously believe that being fired, even though they’ve done nothing wrong, gives them the right to sue for wrongful termination. You may feel that you were treated unfairly, that your boss has it out for you, they wanted to hire someone else at a lower wage, or perhaps your job was given to your superior’s friend or family member. So, clearly, you can sue for your job back, right? Not so fast.
New Jersey is an employment “at-will” state. This means that either you or your employer can sever your employment whenever you want, provided you don’t violate any laws or breach an employment contract. Barring acts of discrimination or retaliation, your boss can typically fire you for no cause. However, if you believe that your termination was motivated by discrimination against your race, religion, gender, age, disability, national origin, sexual orientation, or pregnancy, you may then have a cause of action. A violation of public policy is also prohibited in this state.
If you were fired after you reported harassment, discrimination, or other unlawful conduct being carried out by the company, this may be a retaliatory firing and therefore, prohibited. You also cannot be discharged for exercising your right to take family or medical leave under FMLA. Some other exceptions to the “at-will” standard is the existence of an employment contract or you hold a civil service or tenured position that prohibits your termination without cause.
These rules and laws can be confusing, but our attorneys can help you determine whether your termination was wrongful or simply a case of your boss exercising his rights under the at-will employment policy.
Castronovo & McKinney Named Employment Law Firm of the Year
Castronovo & McKinney’s team of New Jersey Labor Lawyers has been recognized as the New Jersey Employment Law Firm of the Year in both 2010 and 2012 by Corporate INTL. In addition, we have been nominated by our peers to the New Jersey Super Lawyer and Super Lawyers Rising Stars lists since 2006. Our years of experience, plus our skill and knowledge of New Jersey’s employment laws puts us at the top of the list for best lawyers to represent you in employment disputes.
Our office in Morristown, NJ is a convenient location for the thousands of businesses in our area, plus we have additional locations in Newark, Jersey City, New Brunswick, Morristown, Princeton, Hackensack, Patterson, Somerville, Flemington, and Freehold. We represent employees in both New Jersey and New York, and we’re here to review your case immediately.
Helping Workplace Harassment Victims
Castronovo & McKinney provides experienced legal counsel to those employed in, and residents of New Jersey that may have been impacted by harassment in the workplace. This type of harassment includes negative actions based on protected characteristics such as gender, sexual orientation, race, and religion among others. These characteristics are protected by New Jersey state and federal laws; if you feel that you’ve been a victim please contact our law firm.
Protecting your Right to a Fair Wage
There are many laws addressing the minimum wage your employer must pay you as an hourly employee, and how your wages must be paid. Plus, when you work more than 40 hours per week, you are legally entitled to overtime pay. But, the sad fact is, some employers fail to comply with these laws. They take advantage of their workers by underpaying them, calculating employee hours wrong and ignoring the higher overtime pay rate. Our firm goes after these employers to make them pay what they owe. If you’re an hourly New Jersey employee who hasn’t been properly compensated for the hours you’ve worked, our team is prepared to fight for you.
Interpreting and Simplifying Employment Contracts and Agreements
Contracts and agreements that spell out the terms of your employment and limit your ability to work in certain fields can have a lasting and costly impact. Your employer has legal counsel to draw up their employment contracts, non-compete agreements, and severance agreement contracts. Shouldn’t you have a legal professional on your side, too, looking out for your best interests? That’s where we come in. Our knowledgeable employment attorneys can help you understand these legal documents, negotiate terms and make an informed decision, ultimately, on whether you should sign on the dotted line.
Have A Potential Discrimination Case?
In New Jersey there are an established set of characteristics that are protected by law within the workplace. The law states that employees may not face discrimination in the workplace based on their age, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, or religion. Call our employment attorneys if you feel that you’ve been treated differently denied promotion because of discrimination; we will be the advocates you need.
If you think you have a legal issue with your employer, we can help. Whether you have been treated unfairly, been discriminated against, have not received your fair wages or benefits, or simply need help negotiating a contract or agreement, we will discuss your options. Castronovo & McKinney has the knowledge and experience to fight for your best possible outcome in all employment law matters. Contact us to determine if you have a valid claim today.