Employment Law Attorneys Serving Clients in New Jersey
The dedicated employment lawyers at O’Connor, Parsons, Lane & Noble handle a wide variety of employment law matters throughout the state of New Jersey, from issues of workplace discrimination and harassment to wage and hour violations. We know how important it is for employees to be able to work in healthy environments in which they are not subject to discrimination and in which they receive fair payment on time.
There are numerous types of employment law issues that can arise in the course of a person’s career, and every case is different. Regardless of the type of employment law matter that you are currently facing, the experienced New Jersey employment lawyers at our firm can help.
What is Employment Law in New Jersey?
Employment law is a very broad area of the law that covers many different issues that might arise in the course of a person’s work, from health and safety violations in the workplace to overtime pay violations to sexual harassment. The dedicated team of attorneys at O’Connor, Parsons, Lane & Noble regularly assist clients with a wide variety of employment law matters under both state and federal law.
Common Forms of Employment Law Issues in NJ
At O’Connor, Parsons, Lane & Noble, we see many kinds of legal issues and disputes arise in the course of employment, and we serve a wide variety of clients. Examples of the kinds of common employment law issues we handle in New Jersey include but are not limited to:
- Workplace discrimination (including, for example, racial discrimination, sex discrimination, discrimination on the basis of religion, discrimination on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation, age-related discrimination, and disability discrimination);
- Sexual harassment at work, including #MeToo lawsuits and litigation;
- Hostile work environment claims;
- Wage and hour violations (including, for example, failure to pay overtime, unlawful paycheck deductions, failure to provide paychecks in a timely manner, failure to give a lunch or rest break to an employee under the age of 18, and failure to pay minimum wage);
- Retaliation for filing a claim;
- Whistleblower activities;
- Drafting and negotiating employment contracts;
- Employment contract disputes;
- Severance agreements;
- Non-compete clauses in employment contracts;
- Wrongful termination;
- Leaves of absence (including, for example, leaves of absence under the FMLA or the ADA);
- Paid sick leave issues;
- Vacation leave disputes;
- Severance package negotiation; and
- Unsafe or unhealthy work conditions (including OSHA violations).
Federal and State Laws Protect Workers in New Jersey
Depending upon the specific legal issue you are facing, you may have protections under New Jersey state or federal law. Generally speaking, state laws tend to provide broader protections to employees than do federal laws, yet many federal laws protect employees from wage violations, employment discrimination, and whistleblower protections.
The following are examples of federal laws under which an employment law claim might arise:
- Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964;
- Pregnancy Discrimination Act;
- Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA);
- Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA);
- Equal Pay Act of 1963 (EPA);
- Genetic Information and Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA);
- Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA);
- Fair Labor Standards Act;
- Whistleblower Protection Act of 1989; and
- Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations.
Examples of New Jersey state law under which an employment law claim might arise include but are not limited to:
- New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (LAD);
- New Jersey Equal Pay Act (NJEPA);
- New Jersey State Wage and Hour Law;
- New Jersey Earned Sick Leave Law;
- New Jersey State Wage Payment Law; and
- New Jersey Prevailing Wage Act.
The type of employment claim you intend to file will dictate where you need to file your claim. In some cases, you may have a claim under both federal and state law, and an experienced New Jersey employment law attorney can discuss the benefits and limitations of each type of filing with you.
Statute of Limitations for Bringing an Employment Lawsuit
The amount of time an employee has to bring an employment lawsuit depends entirely on the type of legal matter at issue. For example:
- If you bring an employment discrimination claim under federal law, you first must file a charge with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) within 180 days from the date of the discrimination, but in some cases that deadline is extended to 300 days in certain situations where state law overlaps;
- If you bring an employment discrimination claim under the New Jersey LAD, you also have 180 days from the date of the discriminatory act, but you must file your claim with the Division on Civil Rights;
- Claims arising under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), such as retaliation against an employee for taking a medical leave, have a two-year statute of limitations;
- Claims arising under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), such as wage and hour violations, have a two-year statute of limitations; and
- Most claims arising under the New Jersey State Wage and Hour Law must be filed within two years from the date of the violation.
As you can see, federal law and state law tend to mirror one another in some ways, yet there are distinctions. At the same time, the statutes of limitations can vary greatly between types of employment law matters, from a few months to years. As such, it is extremely important to speak with a lawyer about your case.
How Can an Employment Lawyer Help?
The employment lawyers at O’Connor, Parsons, Lane & Noble can help you to seek the financial compensation you deserve. We have a record of success when it comes to handling employment law issues in New Jersey, and we will put our experience to work for you. The following includes information about our successes:
- $22,600,000 verdict for an employee in New Jersey who suffered sexual orientation discrimination at work. The payout included an award of $15 million in punitive damages. In total, this was the largest single-plaintiff employment discrimination verdict in the state of New Jersey for sexual orientation discrimination.
- $2,200,000 verdict for an employee who was wrongfully terminated after refusing to participate in an unethical scheme at his place of employment, the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ).
- $1,300,000 verdict for an employee who was terminated in an act of retaliation for reporting on her employer’s unlawful accounting practices.
In terms of client satisfaction, we regularly hear from clients who are pleased with the results of their case. For example, Marie G. said: “I know that your professionalism, knowledge, dedication, and patience is what got us through. You never gave up on me, and I will remember that and be grateful to you for the rest of my life.”
The $1,300,000 settlement we secured for this woman was after she alleged that she was terminated in retaliation for reporting her firm’s improper accounting practices. (Attorney Greg Noble handled the case.)
$1,675,000 settlement for a victim of sexual harassment and retaliation at the hands of a supervisor in the workplace; Greg Noble took approximately 20 depositions against a large employer and resolved the case on the eve of trial.
The largest employee discrimination verdict for a single plaintiff in the state of New Jersey, the more than $22.6 million settlement included $15 million for punitive damages awarded by the jury. The case involved a trucking company employee who, because he was gay, suffered intolerable discrimination and extreme abuse in the workplace. (Attorney Greg Noble handled the case.)
Seek Help from an Employment Law Attorney in New Jersey
Do you have questions about filing an employment law claim or handling an employment dispute? An experienced employment lawyer in New Jersey can assist you. Contact O’Connor, Parsons, Lane & Noble today to learn more about our experience handling employment law matters throughout the state.