Northern New Jersey Wrongful Termination Attorneys

Sussex County employment lawyers seek justice for victims of legal violations

Getting fired can be devastating, and the sting is even worse if your dismissal violated the law. The northern New Jersey wrongful termination attorneys Hollander, Strelzik, Pasculli, Vandenberg, Hontz & Kutyla, LLC are committed to seeing that victims of illegal firings obtain the justice they deserve. We have offices in Newton and Succasunna to assist residents of Sussex and Morris counties as well as from other parts of the state. Whether you think you were let go to due to contract breach, discrimination o retaliation for reporting a problem, we’ll assess the merits of your case and press for appropriate relief. 

Do you have a New Jersey wrongful termination case?

Though employers have wide latitude to decide whom hot hire and fire, there are certain elements that can give rise to a wrongful termination claim, such as:

  • Discrimination — Bias based on the employee belonging to a legally protected class of people is illegal. Our New Jersey employment discrimination attorneys handle wrongful termination cases as well claims involving other adverse job actions. 
  • Whistleblower retaliation — You cannot be fired because you reported an instance of discrimination or another type of workplace misconduct. 
  • Breach of contract — Some employees might be entitled to damages if their dismissal violates the terms of their contractual agreement with the employer.
  • Rejection of family or medical leave — Workers have the right to unpaid time off under the Family and Medical Leave Act and cannot be terminated because they took time off due to pregnancy, childbirth or a healthcare issue.

You might be entitled to pay you should have received and to other compensation if you are the victim of a wrongful termination, so you should retain counsel if you think your dismissal involves one of these factors. 

Legal reasons for being fired in New Jersey

New Jersey and other states have at-will employment laws. This means that a business does not have to provide a specific reason for firing someone. However, employers sometimes seek to cover up unlawful terminations by alleging infractions such as theft, excessive absences, violations of company policy or other forms of workplace misconduct. Even if you only suspect an improper motive in your firing, our attorneys will conduct a thorough investigation to find the truth. 

Legal protections against wrongful termination

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act are just some of the federal laws that exist to prevent firings grounded in unlawful bias. New Jersey’s Law Against Discrimination adds additional protections that are not available on the federal level. Other provisions, such as the Family and Medical Leave Act, vest employees with certain rights and explicitly prohibit retaliatory firings of employees who utilize those rights. When you work with us, we’ll give you a full rundown of the laws that apply to your case and analyze whether your dismissal constitutes a legal violation. 

Steps to take if you have been wrongfully terminated in New Jersey

As time goes on, it gets more difficult to collect relevant evidence of a potentially wrongful termination. If you believe you are being victimized by illegal discrimination or retaliation, be sure to document every incidence of mistreatment and look for any relevant company policies on the subject. Consult with an experienced employment attorney who can file a complaint on your behalf if warranted by the circumstances. 

When to seek a New Jersey wrongful termination lawyer

Wrongful termination cases usually involve competing arguments about why the individual was fired. A single comment overheard by a co-worker could be the key to proving that your dismissal was illegal. That’s why you should speak with an employment lawyer immediately if you think your termination was based on unlawful grounds. Memories fade, evidence gets thrown away or deleted and employees constantly move in and out of jobs. We’ll start to interview businesses and request relevant materials right away to give you the best chance of a successful result. 

Speak with a New Jersey attorney about a wrongful termination claim 

Hollander, Strelzik, Pasculli, Vandenberg, Hontz & Kutyla, LLC represents workers in wrongful termination claims across Sussex and Morris counties, as well as other North Jersey locations. For a consultation at our Newton or Succasunna office, please call 973-862-4396 or contact us online.