Mercer County Employment Lawyers Help with Workplace Issues
Established New Jersey law firm provides knowledgeable counsel
Changes in society have led to confusion among both companies and employees when it comes to workplace disputes. Backes & Hill, LLP combines more than a century of litigation experience with a commitment to understanding the latest revisions to federal and New Jersey employment law. Whether you’re an employer or an employee, our attorneys provide skilled representation on issues including discrimination, retaliation and wrongful termination. We also advise employers on creating procedures and contracts that stand the test of time to avoid litigation whenever possible. Whichever side you’re on, we are responsive to your needs and will strive to deliver the results you seek.
Strong representation in discrimination and harassment cases
Our attorneys with Backes & Hill are skilled employment discrimination litigators in court and before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights. Specific characteristics for which disparate treatment is prohibited in the workplace include:
- Race, color and national origin — If you believe that this type of discrimination has occurred at your place of work, we can assist you. Discrimination may encompass more than firing or discipline to include offensive comments or jokes based on one’s ethnicity.
- Sexual harassment — Pressuring a subordinate for sexual favors or creating a hostile work environment through offensive language or photos is illegal and something no employee should tolerate.
- Religion — Companies that discriminate on the basis of religion must be held accountable for practices such as preventing workers from taking time off to observe religious holidays.
- Sex — Men and women who can perform the same job duties must not be treated differently. This prohibition includes discrimination against a woman because she is pregnant.
- Age — Though New Jersey law allows a refusal to hire workers over 70, companies of 20 or more employees are subject to the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act, which prohibits discrimination of anyone over 40.
- Disability — Employers must make reasonable accommodations for individuals with physical impairments. Our attorneys can help you recognize what types of adjustments have been mandated previously.
The New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (LAD) includes categories beyond those of the federal government, including sexual orientation and HIV status. If you have questions about your particular situation, we can answer them.
Advising employers and workers on whistleblower retaliation claims
New Jersey employees cannot be punished for reporting on what they reasonably believe is unlawful or fraudulent activity by their employer. The Conscientious Employee Protection Act applies to both public and private employers. Unlike some other states, New Jersey allows workers to recover in whistleblower cases even if the retaliation falls short of termination. With this expansive liability, employers and employees need knowledgeable advice if a potential case arises. Our experienced attorneys with Backes & Hill can help you evaluate whether the retaliation and the underlying conduct that prompted the report satisfy the statutory elements.
Detailed review of wrongful termination allegations
Most workers in New Jersey are employed on an at-will basis, which allows employers to fire them at any time, even without a given reason. However, certain justifications for termination are prohibited. Retaliation and discrimination are not acceptable grounds for dismissal or other punitive action. If someone was working pursuant to a specific contract, we can review its terms to determine if special termination obligations apply. If you are unsure whether you were fired for an improper reason, our attorneys can evaluate your case and help you decide your next steps.