The Garden State of New Jersey (home to 8.68 million people per a 2008 census estimate) boasts one of the highest personal-income-per-capita rates in the nation as well as the highest percentage of millionaires-per-capita. But despite the state’s great wealth and diverse economy, it faces serious financial troubles, including a blossoming multi-billion dollar budget deficit.
New Jersey supports a variety of industrial and manufacturing businesses. The New Jersey shore (including gaming capital, Atlantic City) brings in millions of dollars worth of tourist revenue annually. The state’s key cash crops include seafood, dairy, and fruits and vegetables. Residents of northern New Jersey often commute to work to New York City, so there is a kind of economic symbiosis between NJ and NY. The artificial flavoring industry is based out of New Jersey: companies in this sector produce fragrances that wind up in everything from perfume to deodorant to toothpaste.
Employment discrimination and harassment cases fall under the jurisdiction of the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development. This agency handles workers compensation, wage and hour violation, unemployment insurance, disability and temporary disability, and family leave matters. The agency also provides information about the labor market, training and skills development programs, forums to appeal decisions, and information for employers to help them comply with laws and codes. The New Jersey Department of Public Labor and Development website provides answers to frequently asked questions about minimum wage loss, employment certificates, and timelines for compensation and benefit claims, as well as tips for how to file for claims.
Although racial attitudes in New Jersey have improved by leaps and bounds since the days of the Civil Rights Movement, racial discrimination and national origin harassment continue to create problems for many New Jersey employees. The predominantly African-American city of Newark, for instance, has been a battleground over efforts to level the playing field for workers and snuff out unfair practices and biases.
If you believe that your New Jersey employer has discriminated against you or retaliated against you for alleging discrimination, harassment, or wage and hour violations, you may need legal help. Let the attorneys of Joseph & Kirschenbaum LLP help you plan your next steps.