Workers are currently protected against many forms of discrimination by employment laws. Whether you are entering the job market for the first time or were recently terminated, it is important to understand your rights as a worker. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 and subsequent legislation makes it illegal to treat workers differently based on ethnicity, religious beliefs, gender age, or disability.
Employment laws were put in place to protect workers from wrongdoing by their employers. Both federal and state governments have enacted a wide range of employment laws protecting employees from discriminatory treatment, unfair labor practices, unsafe work conditions, and more. Employment law governs the rights and duties between employers and workers. Also referred to as labor law, these rules are primarily designed to keep workers safe and make sure they are treated fairly, although laws are in place to protect employers’ interests as well.
There are a wide range of situations that can lead to employment law issues. One of the most common circumstances occurs when an employee is fired for an illegal reason. Below are a few employment laws and issues:
If you feel that you are being discriminated or treated unfairly in your workplace you should seek an employment attorney to help advise you. You should not delay in contacting an attorney. If you delay contacting an attorney, you will not know what you may be able to do to prevent your situation from worsening and you may not properly document events as they occur. Because it is your burden to prove an illegal motive, such as discrimination or retaliation, you must document the evidence that supports your claims. If you fail to document events as they happen, later you may not have the evidence necessary to prove your case.
The National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) advances employee rights and serves lawyers who advocate for equality and justice in the American workplace. NELA is a specialty bar association for those attorneys in the legal profession who exclusively or primarily represent works in employment disputes. NELA provides help and support to lawyers protecting the rights of workers through networking, educational programs, publications and technical assistance. The attorney members of NELA-NJ represent plaintiffs in employment cases and help enact important legislation to protect employees throughout New Jersey.