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Employment Discrimination

Employment Discrimination

The firm’s goal as a discrimination lawyers is to provide clients with competent and efficient legal advice and services at a reasonable cost and in a manner affordable to the client.  If you have been subjected to any form of discrimination, harassment, retaliation or wrongful termination in the course of your employment.  You need a skilled discrimination lawyer advocating for you.   Although state and federal laws prohibit discrimination in employment, availability of housing, educational opportunities, civil rights and the use of facilities, discrimination happens every day. If you believe that you have been a victim of employment discrimination, our attorneys can help.  Mason, Griffin & Pierson, P.C. advocates on behalf of individuals who have suffered harassment and discrimination. The firm handles all types of discrimination cases, and provides experienced age discrimination attorneys or racial discrimination lawyers to protect clients rights.  According to the New Jersey Department of Law & Public Safety, the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (LAD) makes it illegal for an employer or potential employer to discriminate against an individual based on the employee or potential employee’s:

  • Age
  • AIDS and HIV status
  • Ancestry
  • Atypical hereditary cellular or blood trait
  • Color
  • Creed
  • Domestic partnership or civil union status
  • Familial status
  • Gender (sex)
  • Gender identity or expression
  • Genetic information
  • Liability for military service
  • Marital status
  • Mental or physical disability
  • Nationality
  • National origin
  • Pregnancy
  • Race
  • Sexual orientation

Gender-based Discrimination and Pregnancy  Discrimination

Also known as sex discrimination, gender discrimination is defined as treating a person unfavorably because of his or her sex. In the workplace, this may occur, for example, when a woman is refused a promotion in favor of a less qualified male colleague. Gender discrimination is a serious issue that can impede a person’s career advancement and opportunities. The attorneys have the in-depth knowledge and experience necessary to successfully pursue your gender discrimination claim.  Our gender discrimination lawyers speak with you to learn the details of your case before building a strategy designed to resolve your lawsuit efficiently and effectively.   Pregnancy can be one of the most exciting times in a woman’s life. But if you are working or searching for a job while pregnant, you may find yourself facing discrimination. Perhaps you have been passed over for a promotion or turned down for a job despite your stellar qualifications. If you feel the decision was made based on your pregnancy, time you took off for childbirth or a medical condition related to your pregnancy or childbirth, you may have a pregnancy discrimination case.  The firm’s pregnancy discrimination attorneys are prepared to help. We take this violation of your rights seriously, and as experienced pregnancy discrimination lawyers we have the knowledge and skill needed to provide quality legal counsel in this situation.

Sexual Orientation Discrimination

If your employer or colleagues have treated you differently or harassed you because of your actual or perceived sexual orientation, you may be a victim of sexual orientation discrimination. Victims of sexual orientation discrimination include individuals who are homosexual, bisexual or heterosexual. It may be time to speak with an experienced sexual orientation discrimination lawyer.  In New Jersey, discriminating against an employee in a public or private company based on his or her sexual orientation is against state law. Discriminating against a federal employee based on his or her sexual orientation is against federal law, but there is no equivalent federal statute regulating private companies.  A sexual orientation discrimination attorney in can help. At the Princeton law firm of Mason, Griffin & Pierson, P.C., our sexual orientation discrimination attorneys stand ready to fight for you.

Religious Discrimination

If you are being harassed or discriminated against due to your religion, or religious beliefs, you may have a claim under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination, which outlaws religious discrimination. During the course of an initial consultation, the attorneys will be able to elicit details from you that will help us assess the strength of your potential claim. We may be able to negotiate a resolution on your behalf or, if the matter warrants it, we are available to file a lawsuit to recover economic and emotional damages you have suffered.

Racial Discrimination

Like all forms of discrimination or harassment, racial discrimination is barred by two federal laws. Title VII and 42 USC §1981 make it illegal for employers to make employment decisions on the basis of an individual’s race. This includes state and local governments. The New Jersey Law Against Discrimination also makes racial discrimination unlawful. The lawyers at the Princeton law firm represent plaintiffs in discrimination cases throughout New Jersey.  Racial discrimination includes: Racial harassment, failure to hire or promote, creation of a hostile work environment regarding race, and termination due to race.  When you contact us, our attorneys listen to the details of your situation and advise you regarding the viability of your case. We have extensive experience guiding individuals through the legal process.  In addition to matters involving race discrimination, our age discrimination attorneys and sexual orientation attorneys stand ready to protect the rights of individuals who have suffered discrimination or harassment.

National Origin Discrimination

If you are being harassed or discriminated against due to your national origin, you may have a claim under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination. These claims often go hand in hand with race discrimination claims and sometimes religious discrimination claims. During the course of an initial consultation, the attorneys will be able to elicit details from you that will help us assess the strength of your potential claim. We may be able to negotiate a resolution on your behalf or, if the matter warrants it, we are available to file a lawsuit to recover economic and emotional damages you have suffered.


  • Priscilla Saint-Laurent, Esq. joins Mason, Griffin & Pierson PC as an Associate.

    Priscilla will be supporting all areas of our practice, but particularly litigation and local government practice groups. Priscilla comes to MG&P from Ansell Grimm & Aaron PC where she concentrated her practice in Community Association Law and Litigation. Prior to joining Ansell, she handled insurance defense cases. Priscilla received a dual degree from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and her Juris Doctor from Seton Hall University School of Law.

  • Proud Sponsor: Girls on the Run

    It was great to see the girls running and the community cheering them on. The bi-annual 5K race is a celebration of the participants completing the Girls on the Run curriculum, a life-changing program for 3rd through 8th grade girls that focuses on self-confidence, healthy relationships and feeling good about themselves. MG&P has sponsored Girls on the Run of Central New Jersey for many years and are so pleased to be able to sponsor them again this Spring. Nicole M. Sciotto, Esq.

  • Edwin W. Schmierer, Esq moderates Affordable Housing Panel

    On June 23, 2022, Mason, Griffin & Pierson, PC, Director, Edwin W. Schmierer, Esq., moderated a panel discussion presented by Affordable Housing Professionals of New Jersey (AHPNJ) concerning the status of affordable housing delivery for the Third Round and preparation for the Fourth Round which commences July 1, 2025. Mr. Schmierer is the President of AHPNJ. The panelists included a representative from the Fair Share Housing Center, former Executive Director of the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency, the Chief of Multifamily Program for NJHMFA and a professional planner who has served as a Special Court Master in 40 plus municipalities for the implementation of Third Round Affordable Housing Plans. Mr. Schmierer chairs the firm's Government Practice Group which represents over 30 municipal governing bodies, land use board and affordable housing committees throughout the State of New Jersey.

  • Mason, Griffin & Pierson is proud to support Womanspace and the 21st Annual Communities of Light(tm)

    On December 5, 2022, the MG&P team participating in an office lighting of luminaries to support the Communities of Light(tm). The Womanspace 21st Annual Communities of Light(tm) candles line the streets of central New Jersey - a powerful symbol of hope for men, women and children impacted by domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking in our community. Communities of Light raises awareness of the services available to help those victims in Mercer County. The luminaries help spread the important message that Peace Begins at Home. Womanspace, Inc. is a leading nonprofit agency in Mercer County, New Jersey, that provides a comprehensive array of services to individuals and families impacted by domestic and sexual violence and dedicated to improving the quality of life for adults and their families. Programs include crisis intervention, emergency shelter, counseling, court advocacy and housing services.