The Law Office of Richard C. Sciria handles many civil litigation matters including labor and employment law. One of the major legal issues arising in the workplace is a wrongful termination of an employee. New Jersey is an at-will state in which an employee can be fired with or without cause unless the employee is under a contract or a public sector employee. However, despite the at-will designation of New Jersey employees, an at-will employee cannot be fired for discriminatory reasons or retaliation. Employees can be unlawfully terminated for discrimination under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (“NJLAD”), or Title VII of the Civil Rights Act due to their age, gender, race, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or pregnancy. Employees can also be subject to sexual harassment where the conditions of the workplace are so severe and hostile that the employee either leaves the employment or is terminated for refusing unwelcome sexual advances. Employees can further be unlawfully terminated for retaliation under the Conscientious Employee Protection Act (“CEPA”). CEPA, which is referred to as the “whistleblower” statute, protects an employee from reporting any violations of the employer to a public agency, or reports conduct in violation of a law or public policy. For example, if an employee is subjected to a dangerous and hazardous workplace and contacts the health department, an employer who terminates the employee for contacting the health department violates the CEPA law.
Additionally, the Law Office of Richard C. Sciria is one of the few law firms that handles many unemployment appeals. Anyone that is terminated from employment, or leaves employment voluntarily for good cause, should immediately apply for unemployment benefits until another job is obtained. Many times, an employer would object to an employee receiving benefits even though that employee is entitled to receiving benefits. Our firm has been very successful in obtaining unemployment benefits for employees who are unfortunately terminated or leave work voluntarily for good cause.
Our firm represents small businesses in developing employee handbooks, and providing advice to employers on treating employees fairly and responsibly. Our firm has experience in collective bargaining as well as negotiating public sector contracts on behalf of both employers and unions.
Our firm further handles breach of contract claims where one party violates an agreement either for goods or for services. These breach of contract claims also may result in a consumer fraud action in which a merchant may unfairly take advantage of a customer. The consumer fraud laws in the State of New Jersey highly protect the consumer in which the consumer may be entitled to triple the amount of damages (treble damages), return of attorney fees, and fees for filing the law suit.
Our firm also handles personal injury cases and has obtained numerous successful verdicts on behalf of persons injured in automobile accidents, slip and fall accidents, and other injuries. We are sensitive to the pain and suffering of a person involved in an accident, and will guide you in having all your medical bills paid, recovering lost wages from employment, and achieving just compensation for your injuries.