Religious Discrimination in New Jersey | NJ Discrimination Lawyers

By Thomas McKinney

Were you the victim of religious discrimination in New Jersey? If so, our New Jersey religious discrimination attorneys can assist you with your potential claim.

New Jersey’s Law Against Discrimination makes it illegal for an employer to treat you differently due to your religion. In order for the discrimination to be illegal, we will need to prove that you suffered an adverse employment action as a result of your religion. An adverse employment action is considered a termination, suspension, demotion, reduction of duties, or reduction of benefits. There may be additional things that could qualify as a adverse employment action. Please contact us so that we can determine whether what has occurred at yout workplace is an adverse employment action.

The second step would be to demonstrate that you were treated differently due to your religion. Our New Jersey religious discrimination lawyers would focus on how coworkers, who were of a different religion, were treated more favorably than you. We are able to do this by analyzing how you were treated versus the coworkers were treated by a supervisor who is allegedly discriminating against you due to your religion. Often times we will look for some type of comment made by a supervisor or coworker at the workplace that would infer that there was a bias towards your religion. Unlike other forms of discrimination, we have commonly found that comments will be made by supervisors or coworkers regarding your religion. However, this type of evidence is not necessary in order to prove that you were discriminated against based on your religion. We are also able to prove this based on the circumstantial evidence regarding how you were treated versus your coworkers.

In the event that you prevail on your religious discrimination claim in New Jersey, you would be entitled to damages. These damages would include compensatory damages, punitive damages and attorneys fees and costs. Compensatory damages consist of lost back pay, lost front pay and emotional distress damages. Lost back pay is calculated by determining the amount of wages that you lost while unemployed and the difference in the amount of wages after you became employed up until the date of a verdict. Lost front pay is determined based on an analysis of the difference in pay from your current employer and the employer who wrongfully terminated you. If you are receiving less at your current employer, we may be able to recover the difference in pay that was lost. However, if you are receiving more pay at your current employer, then you would not be entitled to any additional front pay. Emotional distress damages are typically quantified by a jury. A jury will look at your situation and what occurred and provide you with a dollar amount to compensate you for the emotional distress. We can demonstrate emotional distress damages by you providing testimony or a treating physician or psychologist providing testimony regarding your emotional state due to the wrongful termination.

If you feel that you have a claim for religious discrimination in New Jersey, please contact our New Jersey religious discrimination lawyers for a free and confidential consultation.

About the Author
Tom McKinney is an experienced NJ Employment Lawyer in all major areas of labor and employment law, including discrimination, harassment, overtime violations, wage and hour claims, sexual harassment, wrongful discharge, Title VII, ADA, ADEA, FMLA, LAD, FLSA, and all other employment law claims. Tom is admitted to practice in the States of New Jersey and New York, United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, Southern District of New York, District of New Jersey, and United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Prior to forming the firm, Tom practiced at Gibbons P.C. in Newark, NJ. If you have any questions regarding this article, contact Tom here today.