New Jersey Discrimination and Harassment Law

New Jersey Discrimination and Harassment Law

shutterstock_152737328Employees in New Jersey are very fortunate that they have the New Jersey law against discrimination on their side. It’s one of the most powerful anti-discrimination and anti-harassment laws in the country and provides a great deal of protection to employees who fall within the categories of people that the law has designed to protect. Now, not everybody who is being treated unfairly in the workplace has a lawful claim for discrimination. Let me give you some examples: if you are being discriminated against on the basis that you’re not related to the boss. In other words, he is promoting his family members; that maybe discrimination, but it’s not unlawful. Nepotism is entirely appropriate and legal in New Jersey. Similarly, if somebody is promoted because they’re good golfing buddies with the boss and you’re not, that’s not discrimination that the law will protect. The law will protect you if you’re being discriminated against or subjected to harassment on some categories such as race, gender, religion, national origin, ethnic background, and there are a multitude of other categories, but you’ve got to fit within one of those categories before the law will protect you. If you’re just being treated differently for any other reason, that’s not something the law will protect.

This short informational blog was provided by Allan Richardson, a New Jersey Discrimination and Harassment Lawyer.

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