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Employment Discrimination

The firm’s goal as a Mercer County 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 Mercer County 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 Mercer County 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 Mercer County 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 Mercer County pregnancy discrimination attorneys are prepared to help. We take this violation of your rights seriously, and as experienced Mercer County 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 Mercer County 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 Mercer County can help. At the Princeton law firm of Mason, Griffin & Pierson, P.C., our Mercer County 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 Mercer County age discrimination attorneys and Mercer County 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.

 

  • Zuckerman Joins Firm

    Elizabeth Zuckerman has been named Of Counsel to the Princeton law firm, Mason, Griffin & Pierson, P.C, and will lead its Employment Law section. Ms. Zuckerman received a J.D. from the University of California at Davis School of Law where she served as Executive Editor for the Law Review. In 1997, Ms. Zuckerman co-founded the employment law firm of Zuckerman & Fisher, LLC, focusing her practice on employee rights. Ms. Zuckerman is admitted to practice law in New Jersey, the Third Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court. She will continue to practice in the areas of employment law, employee rights and appellate practice. Ms. Zuckerman serves on the Executive Committee of the New Jersey chapter of the National Employment Lawyers Association and is a member of the New Jersey State and American Bar Associations.

  • MG&P Celebrates 65th Anniversary

    Mason, Griffin & Pierson is celebrating its sixty-fifth anniversary. Since its founding in 1955, the firm has evolved from a two-man general practice partnership to a mid-size professional corporation which continues a general practice but has developed specific areas of concentration. The firm has been an integral part of central New Jersey over the past sixty-five years. The firm's first municipal client, Princeton, remains a client today, along with other municipalities and governing bodies in Mercer, Somerset, Middlesex, Hunterdon, Camden and Gloucester counties. Two of the firm's attorneys have served as President of the Mercer County Bar Association and, in 2001, the firm received the Community Partner Award from Mercer County Bar Foundation. Four of the firm's attorneys have been honored with the Fred G. Stickel Award for Excellence in Municipal Law and Service to the Legal Profession.

  • Princeton Adult Education Class - Know Your Rights as an Employee

    Elizabeth Zuckerman will be an instructor for the Princeton Adult Education course, Know Your Rights as an Employee. The 3-session course starts on February 11 and will explore topics including sexual harassment, discrimination, medical marijuana in the workplace, whistle-blower claims, NJ’s newly enacted Wage Theft Act, Federal and State family leave acts, and other laws that protect employees. Ms. Zuckerman has been practicing employment law for thirty years in Princeton and serves on the Executive Committee of the New Jersey chapter of the National Employment Lawyers Association. For more information visit .princetonadultschool.org.

  • Welcome New Municipal Clients

    MG&P starts the new year with new municipal clients. Kevin Van Hise has been appointed as the attorney for the West Amwell Township Zoning Board of Adjustment and Edwin Schmierer was recently retained by the Borough of Elmwood to serve as Special Counsel.

  • New Jersey Supreme Court Case

    Elizabeth Zuckerman will be arguing in the NJ Supreme Court on February 3rd, in the case of Wild v. Carriage Funeral Holdings, Inc. The case involves the issue of whether an employee who uses medical marijuana can be terminated for failing a drug test. Ms. Zuckerman will be arguing on behalf of Amicus NELA-NJ.

  • Montgomery Township Education Foundation

    Mason, Griffin & Pierson is pleased to sponsor Montgomery Township Education Foundation. The Foundation's fundraiser takes place on the evening of March 14 at Cherry Valley Country Club in Skillman, New Jersey. The Foundation is an independent, non-profit organization set up to support strategic programs for the benefit of the Montgomery Township public school children. For more information go to mtefnj.com

  • The SECURE Act - Effective 1/1/2020

    The SECURE ACT changes the age for required minimum distributions (RMDs) for traditional IRAs from 70 ½ to 72. The new rules allow an individual of any age to make contributions to a traditional IRA, as long as the individual has earned income from wages or self-employment. The Act also affects beneficiaries of inherited IRAs. Other than a few exceptions, inherited IRAs (for deaths of IRA owners on or after 1/1/2020) are now required to be completely distributed within ten years following the death of the original account owner. In view of this significant change for inherited IRAs, estate plans put in place prior to the SECURE ACT may need to be revisited. Read more here.