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What are the Different Types of Workplace Discrimination?

Discrimination in the workplace is rarely overt. Proving unlawful workplace discrimination in a courtroom can be difficult, and you need lawyers on your side who have employment discrimination experience.

There are many different types of workplace discrimination, and corresponding laws that protect against them.

  • Age: The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) forbids age discrimination against people who are age 40 or older.
  • Disability: The Americans with Disabilities Act protects those who are treated unfavorably because of a disability.
  • Equal Pay/Compensation: The Equal Pay Act requires that men and women in the same workplace are given equal pay for equal work.
  • Genetic Information: The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act prohibits genetic information discrimination.
  • National Origin: It is against the law to discriminate against an employee because they are from a particular country or part of the world, because of his or her ethnicity, or because of his or accent.
  • Pregnancy: It is also against the law to discriminate against a woman because of pregnancy, childbirth, or any condition related to pregnancy and childbirth.
  • Race/Color: It is unlawful to discriminate against someone because of race or personal characteristics associated with race.
  • Religion: An employer cannot discriminate against an employee because of his or religious beliefs. This also involves treating someone differently because they are married to or associated with someone of a particular religion.
  • Retaliation: The law also forbids retaliation (firing, demoting, harassment, etc.) against any person who files a discrimination claim.
  • Sex: Employers cannot discriminate against someone because of his or her sex, or because of his or her connection with any group that is associated with people of a certain sex.
  • Sexual Harassment: It’s also unlawful to harass someone because of his or her sex. Harassment includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other harassment of a sexual nature.

We will work diligently to protect your rights and maximize your compensation. Through direct negotiations, mediation, arbitration or, if necessary, filing a lawsuit, our NJ discrimination attorneys protect the rights of our clients and obtain the compensation our clients deserve. Through this process, we help our clients deal with the financial consequences of termination due to unlawful discrimination, as well as the traumatizing emotional and psychological effects of termination.

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Neil H. Deutsch
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About Neil H. Deutsch has been practicing law for over 35 years and is known as a skilled negotiator in employment and discrimination law. He believes in a bottom-line approach of risk analysis and cost effectiveness for his clients. "Case evaluation is something we take seriously," says Mr. Deutsch who seeks top net dollar for…

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Bruce L. Atkins
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About Bruce L. Atkins is regarded as one of New Jersey’s premier practitioners of employment and civil litigation. He has been selected to the New Jersey Super Lawyers prestigious list every year since 2005.  This honor, bestowed upon a recipient by the votes of his peers, is a powerful nod to the skill Mr. Atkins…

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About Adam J. Kleinfeldt joined Deutsch Atkins, P.C. in March of 2015.  He primarily represents individuals in employment litigations such as discrimination, retaliation, and whistle blowing matters.  He has extensive experience in all phases of the litigation process. Adam has obtained significant results for some of his clients, including a $525,000 jury verdict in a…

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About Diane Englander Peyser joined Deutsch Atkins, PC in September 2018 where she represents employees in wrongful termination, retaliation, harassment, and discrimination matters. Prior to joining Deutsch Atkins, PC, Diane represented clients in all aspects of employment law on behalf of employees involving unemployment appeals, claims of sexual harassment, LGBT discrimination, disability discrimination, FMLA, New…

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