New Jersey employees have the right to work in an environment free of hostile conduct and discrimination under state and federal law. Unfortunately, this does not always stop employers from mistreating their employees. Recently, a Nebraska woman was fired after she filed a discrimination complaint.
The woman worked for the Farmers Mutual Insurance Company of Nebraska for eight years before she was fired in June 2011. She alleges that the firing was in retaliation for the complaint that she filed with the Lincoln Commission on Human Rights. She is now suing the insurance company, alleging the employer created a hostile work environment. In particular, she accuses the company of violating the Nebraska Fair Employment Practices Act by engaging in sex and disability discrimination.
When a worker files a discrimination complaint, it is unacceptable for his or her employer to retaliate with wrongful termination. Thus, if the woman's claim holds true, she may be entitled to compensatory damages for lost wages in addition to emotional pain and suffering. Moreover, the company may be subjected to punitive damages.
Unfortunately, this woman's plight is just one of many across the nation. Indeed, in New Jersey and elsewhere, many examples of unlawful discrimination never come to light because the employee fears retribution. However, this need not be the case. Those who feel they are a victim of discrimination may benefit from the services of a qualified attorney. By working with legal counsel, an employee may be able to prevent termination of employment as well as possibly ensure that the discrimination ends for good.
Source: NECN.com, "Former employee sues Nebraska insurance company," Dec. 20, 2011