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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.

 

  • New Jersey Planning Officials Training Session - October 3, 2020

    Edwin W. Schmierer, Esq., a firm Director, will be an instructor for the New Jersey Planning Official’s Planning and Zoning Board members training session in Somerset County on October 3, 2020. Mr. Schmierer chairs the firm’s Government Practice Group and represents a number of land use boards including the Lawrence Township Planning Board and the Zoning Board of Adjustment, Borough of Pennington Joint Planning and Zoning Board of Adjustment and the West Windsor Zoning Board of Adjustment. The New Jersey Planning Officials can be reached at [email protected] for any land use board member interested in attending the training session.

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    In a recent decision (Justin Wild v. Carriage Funeral Holdings, Inc.), the New Jersey Supreme Court determined that an employee who is fired for using medical marijuana outside the workplace may bring a claim for disability discrimination under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination. Mason, Griffin & Pierson Attorney, Elizabeth Zuckerman, who argued the cause for Amicus Curiae National Employment Lawyers Association of New Jersey, stated the "decision is a win for employees who test positive for marijuana due to their lawful use of medical marijuana outside the workplace."

  • Scollo Joins Firm

    Jeanne-Marie Scollo has become an Associate with Mason, Griffin & Pierson, P.C. She earned her J.D from Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center. She is a member of the firm's Local Government Law and Litigation Practice Groups. Ms. Scollo brings over nine years of previous legal experience to the firm. She served as Deputy County Counsel for Middlesex County from 2014 to 2019 and was previously a solo practitioner in New Brunswick. Ms. Scollo is admitted in New Jersey and New York and is a member of the New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys, Mercer County, Middlesex County, and New Jersey State Bar Associations.