New Jersey and New York both have state and local laws that prohibit discrimination by employers based on an employee’s marital status. Marital status describes someone who is single, married, divorced, widowed, separated or with a domestic partner. In many cases, marital status discrimination claims can involve other types of related discrimination claims as well, such as gender, age, or sexual orientation discrimination.
An employer may discriminate against a person’s marital status by offering benefits or advancement to one group married or unmarried employees while not providing the same opportunities to the other group. When a worker believes an employer is treating him or her differently because of his or her marital status, that person may be able to recover possible damages.
Attorney for Marital Discrimination in Philadelphia, PA and New Jersey
Do you think that you may have been the victim of marital discrimination in your place of employment in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, or New York? You will want to contact Console Mattiacci Law, LLC as soon as possible.
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Types of Marital Discrimination
If an employer makes decisions about hiring, promotions, benefits, discipline, or termination based on whether an employee is married, divorced, widowed, or unmarried with or without a partner of the same or opposite sex, it can constitute martial discrimination.
Some of the specific ways in which an employer might commit marital status discrimination include, but are not limited to:
- Refusal to interview or hire;
- Failure to offer training;
- Reduction in pay following a marriage;
- Refusal to promote; or
- Unfavorable scheduling.
Marital Discrimination Remedies
Depending on the nature of the alleged violation, multiple remedies may be available to victims of marital discrimination in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York. Aggrieved employees may be able to file claims against their employers to seek compensation for various damages.
Some of the kinds of damages victims could be entitled to may include:
- Back pay;
- Front pay;
- Attorney’s fees and court costs; and
- Compensatory damages for pain and suffering.
Certain cases can involve additional remedies for victims, including possible discipline for any party responsible for the harassment, such as a transfer or possible termination.
Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York Marital Discrimination Resources
Other Federal Protections | U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) — The EEOC is the federal agency that enforces civil rights laws against workplace discrimination and investigates discrimination complaints based on an individual’s race, children, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, or retaliation. Visit this section of the EEOC website for facts about discrimination in federal government employment based on marital status, political affiliation, status as a parent, sexual orientation, and gender identity. As the website notes, the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978 (CSRA) protects federal government applicants and employees from discrimination in personnel actions based on marital status.
Law Against Discrimination | State of New Jersey — The New Jersey Division on Civil Rights (DCR) enforces the state’s Law Against Discrimination and is a part of the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General in the Department of Law and Public Safety. As this website notes, New Jersey prohibits discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations, and credit or contracting based on a person’s marital, domestic partnership, or civil union status. You can find answers to several frequently asked questions.
Find a Marital Discrimination Lawyer in Philadelphia, PA and New Jersey
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