There are some employees who face discrimination, mistreatment, and even unsafe work environments every workday. They may face discrimination or wrongful termination due to their race, religion, or gender. They may be retaliated against for exercising their rights under the Family and Medical Leave Act or complaining about being denied overtime compensation. They may be denied a safe workplace, as required by OSHA, the Occupational Health and Safety Act, or retaliated against for complaining about unsafe working conditions.
If you believe your rights as an employee have been violated, you may have legal recourse. The seasoned employment law attorneys at The Law Firm of Morgan Rooks, P.C. are unparalleled in their dedication to employees who have experienced harmful mistreatment in the workplace. We advocate fiercely and skillfully for employees who have suffered emotionally, financially, and sometimes even physically, due to the wrongful actions or inactions of their employers.
When you contact our Marlton, NJ, attorneys, we will listen to your story and determine your best legal path forward. Whether your rights are protected under the Title IVV of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination, OSHA, or another legal avenue, we will build a strong, persuasive legal argument as to why you deserve a comprehensive, fair settlement.
Our lawyers at The Law Firm of Morgan Rooks, P.C. represent employees across all industries, from the corporate suite to the factory floor. If you have been wronged at work in some way, then contact us today at (856) 817-6221 to learn how we may be able to help you pursue the compensation you deserve.
Types of Employment Law Cases We Handle
There are many different facets of employment law. If you have experienced any discrimination, harassment, or retaliation at work, then The Law Firm of Morgan Rooks, P.C. employment law attorneys can help you. Our employment law practice areas include, but are not limited to:
- Sexual harassment: If you face harassment at your work due to your gender or sexual orientation, you may be entitled to compensation for the mistreatment you suffered. Types of sexual harassment cases we see commonly involve quid pro quo claims (sexual favors in exchange for favorable treatment in the workplace) and hostile work environment claims (unwelcome touching, sexual innuendo, increased criticism due to gender, bias, and more).
- Disability discrimination: You cannot legally be discriminated against at work if you have a disability, had a disability in the past, or are perceived to have a disability. If you were passed over for a promotion, terminated, or treated differently because of your disability, you may have a case.
- Racial and religious discrimination:It is illegal to discriminate against anyone based on nationality, country of origin, skin color, or religion. If you feel that an employer is barring you from client interactions because of your skin color or religion, or have faced other workplace adversity, your treatment was more than likely illegal.
- FMLA violations: You may face discrimination if you elect to take FMLA leave or are pregnant. If your company employs 50 or more employees and you have the proper qualifications, you may be entitled to use FMLA, as needed, for your pregnancy, recovering from surgery, or another family- or health-related issue. If your FMLA rights are denied, or you encounter any discrimination because of your leave, you may have a viable case against your employer.
- Pregnancy discrimination claims: The federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act and the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination prohibit treating a women differently because of child birth, pregnancy status, or a medical condition related to childbirth.
- Overtime violations and wage and hour claims: Sometimes, laws related to wages and pay are violated. You are entitled to the hourly wages you made, as well as any overtime pay that you earned. If your employer is shortchanging you on your check, then our lawyers may be able to help.
- Employer retaliation: If you report a case of harassment or violation of employment law, then your employer legally cannot retaliate against you. Certain statutes, such as the Fair Labor Standards Act, Family and Medical Leave Act, and Title VII prohibit retaliation when an employee exercises rights under these laws. The New Jersey Conscientious Employee Protection Act (CEPA) also provides protection for employees who make certain protected complaints.
- Equal Pay Act claims: Federal law makes it illegal to pay a person less based on sex when performing jobs that require the same level of skill, effort and responsibility. The New Jersey Equal Pay Act expands protection to encompass pay discrimination based on protected traits beyond sex when performing jobs that require the same level of skill, effort, and responsibility.
- Severance agreements and contract negotiations: Many times, employers may use severance agreements as a way to try and compensate you for being let go. If you are offered a severance agreement, you may want to have a lawyer review it as they are usually written for the benefit of the employer, not the employee.
- USERRA claims: If your employer discriminates against you based on your absence from work because of military duty, the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act protects your job.
- Whistleblower/false claims act cases:If you report any kind of employer wrongdoing and false claims against the government, you are protected from wrongful termination, but your employer may try to retaliate against you.
Why Hire the Lawyers at The Law Firm of Morgan Rooks, P.C.
Throughout Marlton, NJ, and the nearby areas, the employment lawyers at The Law Firm of Morgan Rooks, P.C. take on all kinds of cases where employees were mistreated at work or discriminated against for their race, religion, sexual orientation, disability, and more. Our attorneys have years of experience fighting for victims of workplace discrimination and will use their in-depth knowledge to fight for you in negotiations with your employer to get you the best settlement possible. Over the years, we have recovered hundreds of thousands of dollars for our clients who have faced workplace discrimination.
Our attorneys have published articles in many reputable publications such as Physicians News Digest, Journal of Medical Practice Management, ADVANCE for Physical Therapy and Rehab Medicine, and more.
When we take on your case, know that you will have someone well-versed in employment law on your side and that we will handle any obstacle that may arise.
How We’ll Handle Your Employment Law Case
The first step in your employment law case will be an initial conversation with our legal team, where we review the details of your case. After we determine the strength of your case and how best to proceed, then we will initiate communication with your employer, usually in the form of a demand package, which details their violation of your legal rights. This provides the employer with an opportunity to take measures and provide you with the compensation you need to make up for your losses, prior to our taking legal action against them.
We will work meticulously to investigate your case and gather the evidence needed to build a solid legal case against your employer. We will negotiate aggressively and incisively on your behalf to protect your best interests and ensure you receive the settlement that is your due. We will simultaneously prepare your case for trial, if necessary, to fight for the comprehensive settlement you deserve.
Types of Compensation You Might Be Able to Get
There are several types of compensation you may be owed as a result of the workplace discrimination, harassment, retaliation, or other wrongdoing you encountered. These types of compensation may include:
- Lost wages: If you lost any pay during your fight against the discrimination or mistreatment you faced, we would work to recover it.
- Back pay:Were you passed over for a promotion or advancement due to race, religion, sexual orientation? You may be entitled to back pay for the difference in wages.
- Front pay:If you are wrongfully terminated, you may be able to get front pay, also known as future wages.
- Punitive damages:Punitive damages could be levied against your employer for their actions against you or their failure to address the harassment or mistreatment you faced.
- Emotional distress: Your experience at work may have caused you emotional distress, which warrants compensation.
- Legal costs:You would not have had to hire a lawyer if it were not for your employer’s wrongdoing, and they may be liable to pay for those costs.
Frequently Asked Questions About Employment Law
We often get questions about employment law and the legality of an employer’s actions toward their employees. We’ve provided answers, below, to some of the frequently asked questions we receive.
Someone made a racist remark directed at me. Do I have a case?
The laws we have are put in place to guard against hostile working environments. When you experience one remark that may be racist, that alone may not be enough to build a case, especially if it was not intended to be hostile. If, however, you encounter repetitive behavior, you report it to human resources, and nothing is done about it, then you likely have a case.
Is my interviewer allowed to ask outright if I am pregnant?
When you are in an interview, they are not legally allowed to ask certain questions. They cannot inquire about your religion, ask if you are pregnant or plan to get pregnant, and other related personal questions.
What does it mean when you say New Jersey or Pennsylvania is an “at-will” state?
An “at-will” state means that your employer has the right at any time to terminate you for any reason, except for reasons protected by law, contract, or policy. If you think you have been wrongfully terminated by your employer based on religion, race, disability, or other reasons, then you may have a case against them.
My boss critiques me for every little thing I do. Might I have a viable discrimination case?
Keep in mind, some bosses have a tougher management style than others. If he is critiquing everyone heavily, then that may just signify his approach with his employees. However, if it seems that he is singling you out based on gender, sexual orientation, or race, then you might have a viable case. Document his comments and actions in detail for your review with an attorney.
Call Us Today to Learn How We Can Help
If you feel that you have been discriminated against or illegally mistreated in your workplace, whether it’s due to your disability, race, religion, gender, FMLA leave, veteran status, or other reasons, you should not hesitate to contact a qualified employment lawyer in Marlton, NJ.
The lawyers at The Law Firm of Morgan Rooks, P.C. will safeguard your legal rights and fight tirelessly for you to receive a settlement that is just and comprehensive. Contact us today at (856) 817-6221 to schedule a consultation so that we may take an in-depth look at your case.