The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 makes it illegal to fire people based on their age alone. However, it may be difficult for a New Jersey worker or anyone else to prove that it was the primary factor for being terminated. To prove a case of age discrimination, it may be necessary to look at overall trends within the company.
In most cases, employees in New Jersey and elsewhere are considered "at-will" employees. This means that an employee can be terminated for almost any reason. Assuming that there were no state or federal employment laws broken when a person was terminated, the employee has little recourse but to accept the employer's decision. However, employment may not be at-will if employers make agreements with employees stating that the can only be fired for a good cause.
New Jersey football fans may be interested to learn that, on Sept. 26, Erin Henderson, a former linebacker for the Jets, filed a lawsuit against the team after he was placed on the non-football injury list for the previous season. The former linebacker reportedly has bipolar disorder.
Some New Jersey employees may have witnessed sexual harassment at their workplace even if they have not directly experienced it themselves. Many people hesitate to report sexual harassment because of the possibility for retaliation. Unfortunately those who witness the harassment and report it might also be subject to the same treatment.
New Jersey residents might like to know the details of a wrongful termination lawsuit that cost taxpayers more than five million dollars, and information regarding the suit may be revealed if one assemblyman gets his way. The chairman of the Assembly Judiciary Committee filed a request on March 27 to have documents released related to a whistleblower lawsuit spanning years that was settled in Oct. 2016.