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What Should I Do If I Suspect My Employer Is Conducting Illegal Activity?

The American workplace has changed dramatically over the past few years. More workers share positions, work remotely, or do “gig work” rather than having full-time jobs. This changing landscape sometimes exposes conduct by an employer or co-worker that is fraudulent or otherwise illegal that may have gone unnoticed or unreported for many years. It can also lead to new kinds of unlawful activity, like improper payment of workers or misuse of public funds. If you observe or suspect your employer is engaging in illegal activity, know your rights and responsibilities before blowing the whistle.

Can I Work While Receiving Workers’ Compensation?

In New Jersey, the workers’ compensation program protects employees who suffer from on-the-job injuries or work-related health conditions. State law requires that most employers carry workers’ compensation insurance. Because each state has different requirements for workers’ compensation programs, many aspects of coverage and policy regulations can vary from state to state. The question of whether you can work while receiving workers’ compensation benefits is more complicated than “yes” or “no.” Like many legal issues, the answer is that it depends.

Disability & Discrimination in the Workplace: What You Need to Know

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Many employers have invested significant time and effort to help workers with disabilities succeed in the workplace. For some workers, the increased prioritization of remote work options has dramatically improved their work environment; for others, telecommuting has created additional burdens. As the landscape of the modern workplace shifts, new issues arise around disability discrimination in the workplace.

When Does Sex-Based Discrimination Law Not Apply?

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Sex or gender discrimination is the different treatment of individuals in their employment because of their biological sex, gender identity, or gender expression. If you have been rejected for employment, fired, or otherwise experienced different treatment in the workplace because of your sex or gender, you may have suffered from this kind of discrimination. Although sex-based discrimination is illegal under numerous federal and state laws, there are circumstances in which it may be permissible under a legal exception or where discriminatory conduct may not meet the legal requirements to prevail in court.

Do You Have a Right to Work from Home?

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As the coronavirus continues to spread, many employers are allowing and encouraging employees to work from home. This is also called “telecommuting” or “teleworking.” Reducing the number of on-site workers gathered together in indoor workspaces can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other seasonal health issues. But do you have a right to work from home?

Understanding New Jersey’s Laws Against Workplace Discrimination

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The American workplace has changed dramatically in the last few decades. As societal attitudes shift, technology advances, and work becomes increasingly remote and outsourced, workplace discrimination can be harder to recognize. Although some overt kinds of discrimination may have become less common, subtle forms of discrimination can persist and adapt to these novel workplace environments. New Jersey law protects workers from all kinds of employment discrimination.

Landmark Title VII Decision Protects LGBTQ Workers

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In recent years, there has been some confusion as to whether Title VII of the Civil Rights Act protects individuals from employment discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The United States Supreme Court recently issued a ruling holding that firing, demoting, failing to hire, or taking other adverse employment actions against an individual because of their sexual orientation or transgender status violates Title VII’s prohibition on discrimination because of sex.