In fiscal year 2017, there were 84,254 charges of discrimination in the workplace made by New Jersey residents and others in America. During that same period of time, the EEOC was able to resolve 99,109 charges and reduce case inventory to 61,621. That was a 16.2 percent reduction during fiscal year 2017, and it was also the lowest number in a decade.
The Equal Pay Act offers workers in New Jersey one route for addressing claims of gender wage discrimination. A lawsuit in Maryland citing this law has regained new life after an appeals court ruled that the case should be remanded back to the district court for further consideration. The lower court had originally dismissed it on the grounds that the plaintiffs had not presented sufficient evidence to support their claim.
Some New Jersey Facebook users might have seen jobs ads from companies such as Amazon, Verizon and Goldman Sachs that were specifically targeted to them because of their age. This has raised concerns that this could constitute age discrimination. However, a Facebook vice-president said the targeting is no different from when companies run job ads in publications that are aimed at particular demographics.
New Jersey residents may have heard about lawsuits against Tesla regarding allegations of ageism and gender discrimination. It has also faced a lawsuit related to racial discrimination that was filed in October 2017. On Nov. 13, another race discrimination lawsuit was filed in Alameda County Superior Court in California by an employee at the company's factory in Fremont.
Like most states in the U.S., New Jersey law specifies that employment is "at-will," which means that that employees are free to quit their jobs for any reason if they have not signed an employment contract. Employers are also free to terminate employment without cause.
September is the final month of the fiscal year for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the rest of the federal government. Therefore, there tend to be a spike of cases filed by the agency on behalf of New Jersey residents and others throughout the country. In 2017, there were 86 cases filed during the month of September, and many were claims of disability and sex discrimination. That was the largest number of cases filed at the end of a fiscal year since 2011.
Deciding when to have a family or expand your existing one can be difficult. There are a lot of factors to consider, including expenses, parenting time and, of course, your career. Maybe you have been planning this pregnancy or perhaps it was a wonderful surprise. Regardless, you've decided the time is right, and you're going to have a baby. Now you have to worry about what will happen with your job.
When it comes to employment opportunities, black and Latino individuals are getting fewer callbacks from employers compared to white applicants. This could have several negative consequences for New Jersey residents and others in the United States. As one might imagine, getting fewer calls generally results in getting fewer jobs. It may also mean taking lower quality jobs, which could have a negative impact on a person's career.
While New Jersey law prohibits discrimination against employees on the basis of sexual orientation, this protection may not be available in all states. On July 26, the Department of Justice filed an amicus brief in a discrimination case in New York arguing that the prohibition against sex discrimination in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act does not include a prohibition against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.
Wage discrimination is not only an issue for women. In New Jersey and throughout the country, it affects other groups including men, members of the LGBTQ community, minorities and older people.