Individuals who complain about or report sexual harassment in the workplace in New Jersey are legally protected against retaliation. Unfortunately, employers are known to retaliate against employees who exercise their legal rights. If you have been fired, demoted, or disciplined for filing a sexual harassment claim, turn to Castronovo & McKInney, LLC.
We understand your concerns about taking legal action against your employer and will address those concerns by providing you with informed representation and caring, efficient service. When you become our client, your case will be handled by an accomplished sexual harassment and retaliation lawyer.
Our legal team will provide you with the guidance and support you need throughout the entire process. We have a proven history of achieving positive outcomes through negotiation and litigation and will fight hard to protect your rights. Contact our office today so we can start working on your employment retaliation claim.
Why You Need A Sexual Harassment Retaliation Lawyer
Employment retaliation typically occurs after there has been a report of illegal or ethical conduct in the workplace and an employer takes an adverse employment action (e.g. firing, demoting, disciplining) against the complaining employee. Specific reasons for workplace retaliation include:
- Reporting sexual harassment and discrimination
- Filing a workers’ compensation claim
- Taking protected family or medical leave
- Whistle-blowing against an employer’s unlawful practices
If your working conditions were negatively impacted after you complained about sexual harassment, you may have grounds for an employment retaliation lawsuit. The best way to protect your rights is to work with the experienced employment lawyers at Castronovo & McKinney, LLC.
Employment Retaliation and Sexual Harassment in New Jersey
Under federal and state law, employees have a right to complain about, report, or file claim of sexual harassment without the threat of adverse employment action. Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (LAD), retaliation is prohibited when an employee:
- Opposes sexual harassment in any way
- Complains about sexual harassment to a supervisor or human resource
- Files a charge of sexual harassment with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
- Files a charge of sexual harassment to the New Jersey Division of Civil Rights
- Brings a lawsuit in federal or state court
- Participates in an investigation or legal proceeding regarding workplace harassment
Identifying Employment Retaliation in New Jersey
While retaliation may involve being terminated for reporting harassment – a wide range of adverse or harmful workplace actions could be considered retaliation, such as being:
- Treated less well than others
- Disciplined unfairly
- Reassigned suddenly
- Passed over for a promotion
- Shunned or excluded from meetings and projects
- Harassed or threatened
If you have experienced an adverse employment action after complaining about or reporting harassment, you need an experienced New Jersey employment attorney at your side.
How Castronovo & McKinney, LLC Can Help
When you consult us, we will determine whether you have a viable employment retaliation claim and help explore your legal options. Whether you were the victim or a witness of workplace harassment, you are protected against retaliation.
Our experienced sexual harassment attorney has the skills and experience to demonstrate that (1) you were subjected to sexual harassment and (2) an adverse employment action was taken against you for complaining about or reporting harassment.
You should know that under federal law, you must file a charge with the EEOC before you can bring a lawsuit. If the EEOC cannot resolve the claim through its conciliation process, the agency will grant you a right to sue letter. At the same time, the LAD offers stronger legal protections because it covers most employers and allows you to file a lawsuit in state court without filing a claim with the DCR.
Trust Castronovo & McKinney to protect your rights in any forum — mediation, arbitration, litigation — and work to achieve the best possible outcome. We have a proven history of helping clients fight back against the humiliation of sexual harassment and employment retaliation.
Damages You Can Recover in a New Jersey Employment Retaliation Claim for Sexual Harassment
Although no two retaliation claims are the same, you may be entitled to compensation that includes damages such as:
- Back pay
- Front pay
- Lost benefits
- Compensatory damages (e.g. pain and suffering, emotional distress)
- Punitive damages
Our legal team will handle all the details of your claim, help you navigate the process, and make sure you are treated fairly. Above all, we will always work in your best interests and help you stand up for your rights.
Contact Our Experienced New Jersey Sexual Harassment and Retaliation Attorneys
If you have been subjected to workplace harassment and retaliation, you need the aggressive representation Castronovo & McKinney, LLC provides. Contact our office today for a consultation.
Castronovo & McKinney, LLC helps clients with their sexual harassment retaliation claims throughout New Jersey including Bergen County, Essex County, Middlesex County, and Morris County as well as the cities Hackensack, Newark, New Brunswick, and Morristown.