Numerous state and federal laws exist to ensure that workers are treated fairly and with respect. However, the application and enforcement of these regulations can be confusing to both employees and the businesses that hire them. At Barker, Gelfand, James & Sarvas, P.C., we are experienced South Jersey attorneys who deliver authoritative counsel to workers and companies throughout the area. With more than 75 years of combined legal practice, our experienced attorneys can guide you to the result you seek in cases involving alleged discrimination, harassment, retaliation and wrongful termination.
Federal statutes, along with New Jersey’s Law Against Discrimination, prevent employers from making hiring, firing, compensation or promotion decisions based on various types of personal characteristics. We litigate a full range of discrimination cases, including those relating to:
In a free initial consultation, our lawyers can evaluate your situation and explain how the relevant laws affect you.
Employees have the right to a work in a respectful setting without being sexually harassed by supervisors or co-workers. Our firm handles the two types of sexual harassment claims recognized by law. Quid pro quo harassment occurs when a supervisor uses their position to coerce a subordinate into providing sexual attention to them. For example, a manager might offer a promotion to someone if they agree to go on a date. The second type of sexual harassment litigation relates to offensive conduct, language, gestures or images that create a hostile work environment. In these cases, the misbehavior does not have to come from a supervisor but can be committed by a co-worker. We vigorously litigate these matters on behalf of victims and businesses.
Under the New Jersey Conscientious Employee Protection Act, workers who report unsafe or illegal workplace conduct cannot be punished by their employers for doing so. Across South Jersey, our firm represents employees and companies in cases arising out of these whistleblower claims. We work aggressively to protect clients who have faced firing, demotion or other types of retaliation, even when businesses try to disguise their actions by offering some other explanation. If you are an employer, our lawyers can advise you on the treatment of whistleblower situations and represent you in cases where you are being falsely accused of improper retaliation.
In New Jersey, as in other states, most employees work on an at-will basis. This means that they can be fired at any time for a variety of reasons, or no reason at all. However, if a dismissal is motivated by discrimination or retaliation, legal relief might exist. If you believe that your release was based on one of these illegal grounds or your business is being targeted with a wrongful termination claim, our experienced lawyers will assert your rights. We can also advise you on disputes relating to the alleged violation of employment contracts.
Barker, Gelfand, James & Sarvas, P.C. advises South Jersey clients in a full range of employment law matters, including discrimination and sexual harassment claims. Please call 855-516-1362 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation at one of our offices, located in Linwood, Pitman and Cherry Hill.