Some New Jersey workers experience workplace discrimination based on their statuses as members of protected groups at their jobs, despite federal and state laws that prohibit such actions. Workplace discrimination doesn't just occur in privately owned companies, however. It also happens within government agencies, as demonstrated by a report issued on June 21 by the Government Accountability Office.
According to the GAO, a chronically hostile work environment exists at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. In its report, the GAO noted that a large number of employees at the CFPB who were surveyed stated that they are afraid to speak out for fear of retaliation if they do so.
Over the past few years, numerous accusations of discrimination based on gender, race and age have been leveled at the CFPB. More than one-fourth of the workers who were surveyed reported holding unfavorable views of the CFPB's complaint process, fair treatment and the ability to trust the agency without fear of retaliation when making reports. The CFPB has initiated training in order to combat the problem, but the director has minimized employee discrimination complaints when he has testified before Congress.
A wrongful termination may occur when a worker files a claim about discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or applicable state agency and is then fired for doing so. This can be the case even if the original discrimination claim subsequently turns out to be without merit. People who find themselves in this type of situation may want to meet with an employment law attorney to find out the scope of their rights.