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You spend a significant amount of time in the workplace—many of us spend a third of our lives or more on the job, meaning that it is especially critical that you should feel safe and comfortable in the place where you work.  Although this should be a given—something that we should all expect as a matter of course—many employers, unfortunately, fail to put into place safeguards designed to prevent workplace harassment, resulting in situations where employees may feel unsafe and uncomfortable at work. 

You do not have to tolerate workplace harassment and should not have to be afraid to go into work each day.  At Attorneys Hartman, Chartered, our experienced employment lawyers are passionate about protecting our clients’ rights when they have been subject to workplace harassment.  You may have the right to hold your employer accountable for actionable workplace harassment and may even have the right to be compensated financially for the harm that the harassment has caused.  If you have suffered from workplace harassment, call or contact our team of lawyers to explore options for proceeding with your case so that you can go to work each day without fear of harassment.

Workplace Harassment Under New Jersey and Federal Laws

Employees are protected from certain forms of workplace harassment under both New Jersey and federal law.  Under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination, employees cannot be harassed in the workplace based upon any one or more of the following protected categories:

  • Race or color
  • Religion/creed
  • National origin
  • Age
  • Gender/sex
  • Pregnancy
  • Marital status
  • Sexual orientation
  • Gender identity
  • Physical or mental disabilities
  • Certain types of blood traits

Workplace harassment generally falls within one of two categories: hostile work environment and quid pro quo harassment (usually in the context of sexual harassment).  Although harassment based upon sex is one of the most common forms of workplace harassment, it is far from being the only type of workplace harassment that is actionable.  As long as the workplace harassment can be shown to be both severe and pervasive, you have the legal right to take action to stop the harassing behavior. To show that workplace harassment is severe, it is generally necessary to focus on the impact that the harassment had on your life, while we must show that the workplace harassment happened on an ongoing basis to satisfy the “pervasive” element. 

Workplace harassment can take on many forms, including:

  • Physical harassment
  • Emotional or psychological harassment
  • Sexual harassment
  • Verbal harassment

When any form of harassment is made on the basis of a protected class, such as sex, gender or race, you have the right to stop that harassment and may even have the right to compensation from an employer who failed to take steps to prevent workplace harassment. 

Veteran Workplace Harassment Lawyers Passionate About Protecting Clients from Harassment in the Workplace in Gloucester County, NJ

At Attorneys Hartman, Chartered, you are never just a number on a case file.  We understand how vital it is that you are regularly apprised of the options in your case, as well as your case progress going forward.  We take our responsibilities to our clients seriously and will work tirelessly to protect your right to be free from harassment in the workplace so that you can focus on building a successful future career. 

We treat every one of our clients with compassion and respect, and we take the time to truly understand how workplace harassment has impacted their employment and their lives in general.  We use this knowledge in our tireless fight to get you the compensation that you need so that you can move forward with your life and career.

Schedule a Free Initial Consultation to Discuss Your Workplace Rights with a Skilled Moorestown Workplace Harassment Lawyer

If you believe that you have been the victim of workplace harassment, you likely have a number of questions about how you can proceed to protect your right to a safe and secure work environment.  Our lawyers have the experience and resources necessary to build the strongest possible argument based on the circumstances of your case. Call or contact the experienced workplace harassment lawyers at Attorneys Hartman, Chartered to schedule a free and confidential consultation to discuss your options today.

Frequently Asked Questions About New Jersey Workplace Harassment Cases

FAQ: How are workplace harassment and employment discrimination different?  

While workplace harassment and employment discrimination are often similar and have a similar impact on employees, workplace harassment based upon a protected class is actually a specific form of employment discrimination.  Workplace harassment doesn’t necessarily include some form of action taken by your employer—in many cases, employees are subject to workplace harassment because of the actions of fellow co-workers or even customers. In workplace harassment cases, it is not necessary to show that some sort of adverse employment action was involved, such as being passed over for a promotion or raise or being wrongfully terminated.

FAQ: What are some examples of workplace harassment that, if continued over a period of time, may give rise to a cause of action? 

Because it is not necessarily the case that workplace harassment results in some form of employment action—such as earning less than co-workers or being terminated for an illegal reason—it is often a much more subjective area of the law.  Some examples of actions that, if continued over time, could constitute actionable workplace harassment include inappropriate jokes or insults, racial or sexual slurs, sending inappropriate emails or photos, sending pornographic materials, and other types of offensive behaviors based upon a protected class such as race, sexual orientation or gender. In other cases, inappropriate touching can give rise to a claim for workplace harassment.  In many cases, workplace harassment is built based upon many actions that occur over a period of time and thus create a pervasively hostile work environment. 

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