Are your Employer’s Hiring Practices Discriminatory?

Are your Employer’s Hiring Practices Discriminatory?

While most people are aware that employers are not allowed to discriminate against employees in the workplace based on age, race, nationality, gender, age, religion or disability, many don’t know that this applies to the hiring process as well. Here are some insights from a leading NJ employment and workplace discrimination lawyer to help you spot illegal hiring practices.

Discriminatory job interview questions 

According to New Jersey employment laws, during a job interview, an employer is not allowed to ask potential hires about:

  • Their marital status
  • If they are planning to have children, or are currently pregnant
  • Their race, religion, the status of their citizenship, sexual preference, age (beyond asking if you are over 18 years old) and disability.
  • Their use of drugs and/or alcohol

As an applicant, you are allowed to raise questions about this personal information as it regards yourself, and the interviewer can answer your questions but not go any further.

When is job discrimination legal? 

It’s important to note that employers, however, are allowed to discriminate between applicants in some cases where there is a bona fide occupational qualification (BFOQ) where certain traits are necessary for the job requirement. For example, airliners are not allowed to hire pilots over a certain age, and modeling shoots for women’s clothing will only hire female models.

Speak to an employment attorney today if you’ve been the victim of illegal discrimination 

Employment attorneys know exactly how to pursue and win a hiring discrimination case, and fight back against illegal hiring practices. With the help of the right employment lawyer, you can get the compensation you deserve.

Fighting a hiring discrimination case is a tough battle, and you deserve to have expert support.  Chris Deininger is an experienced New Jersey employment attorney who can be at your side each step of the way to navigate the legal system, deal with relevant agencies and protect your future.

The consultation is free, contact Chris Deininger now.

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When is getting fired illegal? Insight from a NJ wrongful termination attorney

When is getting fired illegal? Insight from a NJ wrongful termination attorney

Losing your job is always traumatic, but being fired for no good reason is especially devastating. There’s no excuse for employers who let their workers go under these circumstance, which is where wrongful discharge/wrongful termination laws are important. With the help of an experienced New Jersey wrongful termination attorney, you can fight back.

Unfair termination doesn’t always mean wrongful termination 

Common scenarios for unfair termination include long-term employees being fired because their salaries have increased to a level that the company no longer wants to pay, or because office politics have caused an employee to become a scapegoat for certain issues. Unfortunately, these types of circumstances often aren’t illegal because New Jersey is an “employment at will” state. This means that your employer can fire you at any time without reason unless you have an employment contract, a legal entitlement to your job (for example, being tenured), or a group employment contract (like a Collective Bargaining Agreement).

This means that, essentially, your employer can fire you for any reason as long as it was not based on unlawful discrimination or retaliation against a whistleblower.

What can make my firing illegal? 

However, there are New Jersey employment laws that can assist you, including the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The key here is that the reason needs to be covered by unlawful discrimination. This can be in the form of discrimination against race, religion, nationality, age, disability, sexual orientation, or gender. It is also illegal to fire someone for taking medical or family leave, being pregnant or because they were unwilling to accommodate your disability. You are also covered if you were fired for raising concerns about workplace safety issues or illegal activities in the workplace.

Fighting wrongful termination is a complex process – Get the right legal support from your lawyer 

Experienced employment attorneys know how this legal system works, the requirements of pursuing a claim, and what it takes to win a wrongful termination case. With the help of the right employment lawyer, you can get the compensation you deserve – whether you want your job back, compensation for harm or legal fees, or back pay and benefits that you are entitled to.

Fighting a wrongful termination is a tough battle, and you deserve to have expert support. Chris Deininger is a respected employment attorney and will be at your side each step of the way to navigate the legal system, deal with relevant agencies and protect your future.

The consultation is free, contact Chris Deininger now.

Original content posted on http://deiningerlaw.com/blog/when-is-getting-fired-illegal-insight-from-a-nj-wrongful-termination-attorney/

 

Recognizing racial discrimination in the workplace

Recognizing racial discrimination in the workplace

In the State of New Jersey, racial discrimination in the workplace is prevented by employment laws – but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen. From unfair hiring and firing practices to harassment and unequal salaries or promotions, racial discrimination at work is real for many people who are simply trying to work hard and live the American dream. Unfortunately, this type of discrimination is difficult to prove and fighting it may provoke backlash from employers – which is why it is essential to have an experienced NJ employment lawyer on your side.

How to prove discrimination on the job 

Like many other forms of discrimination, racial discrimination is difficult to prove. In order to demonstrate that your employer consciously made a choice to overlook or single you out because of your race, you need particular evidence. This may include:

  • Statistics that demonstrate a pattern of negative behavior against you and your racial group.
  • Testimony from someone who has witnessed this discrimination themselves.
  • Documentation that corroborates your claims. This may include complaints filed at the company’s Human Resources Department, etc.

Before you can file a suit against your employer, you may need to file a Charge of Discrimination with the EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) within 180 days of the discriminatory event, along with information about the company and a brief description of your claims.

Fight for your workplace rights – Speak to a leading NJ employment lawyer today 

Employment attorneys know exactly how these legal systems work, their requirements and what it takes to win a case. With the help of the right employment lawyer, you can get the compensation you deserve – whether you want your job back, compensation for harm or legal fees, or back pay and benefits that you are entitled to.

Fighting racial discrimination in the workplace is a tough battle, and you deserve to have expert support. Chris Deininger is NJ employment lawyer will be at your side each step of the way to navigate the legal system, deal with relevant agencies and protect your future.

The consultation is free, contact Chris Deininger now.

Original content posted on http://deiningerlaw.com/blog/recognizing-racial-discrimination-in-the-workplace/

WSI Partners with Top NJ Commercial Trial Lawyer Christopher L. Deininger

WSI Partners with Top NJ Commercial Trial Lawyer Christopher L. Deininger

WSI, the world’s largest internet marketing company, announces it has partnered with Christopher Deininger & Associates, one of the most experienced and respected commercial law firms in New Jersey, covering all manner of employment, construction and business law disputes.

The WSI team was selected after a competitive bidding process that included many agencies that were so called “law firm specialists”. Mr. Deininger’s team selected WSI because their program was specifically customized for his needs and budget, unlike many other proposals that were both expensive and included many elements that don’t really contribute to the bottom line in a law firm. “The WSI team has plenty of legal marketing expertise, but they also have a more flexible approach that is informed by the many other kinds of marketing they do.”, says Mr. Deininger. “more than any other agency, I felt like they understood how to market to my commercial clients.”

What Sets Christopher Deininger Apart

The WSI team started the engagement by learning about who Mr. Deininger is, what are ideal case profiles in each of his areas of competency, and then using designers and copywriters with extensive experience in law firm marketing, to design copy that is both compelling, and search engine friendly.

Key area’s of interest for Mr. Deininger include:

WSI Local Marketing Program

WSI completed the design and development of Mr. Deininger’s brand new website (http://deiningerlaw.com/) and designed a locally targeted search optimization program.  The program is designed to build name recognition for Deininger & Associates, and to bring awareness of his full range of commercial law services. Search term keywords were identified and a fully custom marketing program and custom content were conceived. The WSI team then expertly weaved these concepts into the visual and structural redesign of the website other offsite brand properties.

Through its elite local program, WSI customized a content strategy for Christopher Deininger through on-page and off-page activities. Using our unique and proprietary techniques of Search Engine Optimization, WSI conducted an in-depth keyword study to better understand how future clients might search for terms related to employment, business and his specialty in construction law. These key search terms were then mapped into a strategic hierarchy for the website and a series of technical and content specifications.  WSI’s Local SEO Program will also produce quality blog, graphic, social media and video content to syndicate on external web properties including BloggerWordPress, and Weebly in addition to several other WSI exclusive media and content distribution hubs.  WSI also conducted paid search and remarketing activities across the state of New Jersey.

Contact WSI Today

For further details on our capabilities and strategies around SEO, SEM, Paid Search, and online marketing opportunities in general, please contact us for a free marketing analysis and consultation.

This blog originally published at http://winm-nj.com/blog/chris-deininger-partnership

 

Recognizing and Fighting Against Sexual Discrimination in the Workplace

Recognizing and Fighting Against Sexual Discrimination in the Workplace

The State of New Jersey has strict policies against discrimination, including sexual discrimination in the workplace. This is covered by the Law Against Discrimination and can carry heavy penalties as well as loss of reputation for individuals and companies who commit these offenses. Here’s some helpful insight into this issue from Chris Deininger.

 What workplace situations are covered by anti-discrimination laws? 

Sexual discrimination can occur in almost every job-related aspect of the modern workplace, including:

  • Recruitment
  • Interviewing
  • Hiring
  • Promotions
  • Compensation – salaries and bonuses
  • Discharge – retrenchment packages, firings, etc.
  • Terms and privileges of employment

It is important to remember that sexual discrimination does not need to be overt in order to be found to be illegal. Certain policies can exist that, when implemented, cause particular groups to be excluded in ways that cannot be justified as fair.

Who is covered by sexual discrimination policies? 

Simply put, this law covers a comprehensive range of genders and sexual orientations, in order to protect every employee from discriminatory practices. While the majority of reported sexual discrimination happens to women, men – as well as the LBTQ community – are equally covered.

Unfortunately, these cases and complaints are often difficult to prove and, without the assistance of a leading sexual discrimination lawyer, they are often dismissed or reduced to he said-she said arguments where the truth is often lost.

Speak to a sexual discrimination attorney to file your case today 

Whatever employer misconduct you are dealing with; you do not need to go through it alone.  Chris Deininger is NJ employment lawyer will be at your side each step of the way to navigate the legal system, deal with relevant agencies and protect your future.

The consultation is free, contact New Jersey employment lawyer Chris Deininger now.

Original content posted on http://deiningerlaw.com/blog/recognizing-and-fighting-against-sexual-discrimination-in-the-workplace/

 

What is whistleblower protection and how can a NJ employment lawyer help?

What is whistleblower protection and how can a NJ employment lawyer help?

No matter what industry you’re in or what your rank is at your place of employment, you’re in a position where you may witness illegal or questionable conduct or activities by your company or employers. For many employees, this is a situation in which they are morally and legally compelled to report wrongdoing, as these activities may affect the health, wellbeing or finances of others. Certainly, becoming a whistleblower is considered the correct course of action – but this doesn’t mean that whistleblowers don’t face devastating consequences for simply trying to do the right thing. This is where whistleblower protection and employment attorney Chris Deininger comes in.

Are there laws to protect whistleblowers from retaliation? 

The short answer is: Yes, the Whistleblower Protection Act of 1989 is the central Federal law that provides this protection. In addition, there are laws enforced by the Occupational Health and Safety Act to cover workers in different industries who encounter safety violations. By combining whistleblower claims with anti-retaliation laws, employees should feel confident and encouraged to notify the correct agencies of dangers to employee as well as public health and safety.

How to make use of whistleblower laws and protection 

Unfortunately, despite these laws, whistleblowers often find themselves paying the price for doing the right thing. Retaliation by employers can include anything from harassment and demotion to losing your job and destroying your reputation/career. Having to navigate a complex legal system that include time limitations on complaints on top of your employment troubles can be a nearly impossible task, which is why the assistance of an experienced, driven employment attorney is essential.

Protect your rights as an employee – Have your case evaluated for free by a whistleblower attorney 

With nearly 30 years of complex litigation experience, Chris Deininger is a New Jersey employment law attorney who believes that no one should pay the price of doing the right thing.

Whatever employer misconduct you are dealing with; you do not need to go through it alone. Your NJ employment lawyer will be at your side each step of the way to navigate the legal system, deal with relevant agencies and protect your future.

The consultation is free, contact NJ employment attorney Chris Deininger now.

Original content posted on http://deiningerlaw.com/blog/what-is-whistleblower-protection-and-how-can-a-nj-employment-lawyer-help/

 

Who should hire a NJ employment attorney?

Who should hire a NJ employment attorney?

The workplace can be a tough environment, whether you’re working the retail floor, taking extra shifts at a restaurant or climbing the corporate ladder. However, some employers take advantage of their power to make this environment openly hostile – and this is when you need to get the help of a leading New Jersey employment lawyer. Here are just some of the situations in which our legal services can help protect your rights:

  • Unlawful termination: Also known as wrongful termination, this is one of the most common issues dealt with by employment lawyers. Unfortunately, New Jersey employment law allows employers to fire employees for many reasons that are unfair but not illegal, like favoritism, office politics or being blamed for the mistakes of others. However, there are some instances in which your firing can be found to be illegal, like race, gender or age, and your attorney can evaluate your case to discover if you qualify.
  • Gender, religious or race discrimination: In the State of New Jersey, it is illegal for employers to discriminate on the basis of, amongst other things, gender, religion or race. This can apply to the employers hiring and promotion of employees as well as retrenchments and firing. Your attorney can assist you by filing a discrimination claim with the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights (DCR) and aggressively pursuing your case to its resolution, including representing you in mediation and in court.
  • Salary discrimination/Equal pay complaints: While it is legal for companies to vary pay based on experience and qualifications, it is illegal for them to do so on the basis of race, gender, disability or any other protected legal category. It is also illegal for them to offer smaller bonuses or lower commissions on this basis.
  • Severance & separation agreements: If you are facing a layoff, your employment attorney is available to look over your agreement and ensure that there is no evidence of illegal discrimination contained in your severance agreement or payment. For example, it is important that your termination itself isn’t unlawful, and that the terms and conditions do not infringe on your rights and ability to get a new job.

Protect your Rights Through Expert Legal Representation – Speak to an Employment Attorney Today 

As a highly experienced employment attorney, Chris Deininger offers nearly 30 of experience and insight into both sides of the legal system in order to protect the rights of his clients and deliver an aggressive defense against employment discrimination.

Protecting your rights as an employee is a priority, which is why we offer free case evaluations if you think you’ve been discriminated against by your employer. Contact us today.

Original content posted on http://deiningerlaw.com/blog/who-should-hire-a-nj-employment-attorney/