Employment discrimination can take a significant toll on those who are affected. Often, the victims of discrimination suffer substantial financial and emotional harm and, in particularly serious cases, may be forced to quit their job due to intolerable circumstances. Fortunately, many forms of workplace discrimination are prohibited by state and/or federal law. Generally speaking, it is against the law to discriminate against an individual based upon the following characteristics:
- Political affiliation
- Genetic information
- Sexual orientation
- Military service
- Family status
- Atypical cellular or blood trait
Discrimination can take a variety of forms, such as harassment, retaliation, or adverse employment action. In addition, whether or not a particular instance or pattern of discrimination gives a person a right to sue depends on a variety of factors, and the law in this area is extremely complicated. For these reasons, anyone who believes that he or she may have been the victim of workplace discrimination should contact an experienced employment discrimination attorney as soon as possible.
Workplace injuries and illnesses affect millions of people each year. These injuries and occupational diseases can be the result of workplace accidents, exposure to harmful chemicals, months or years of repetitive physical activities, or can even be caused by a worker’s own negligence. Whatever the cause, if the injury or illness is work-related, injured victims are generally entitled to workers’ compensation benefits that can help cover part of their lost income, medical expenses, as well as payments for partial or total disability.
While these benefits are awarded without a determination of fault, there are many situations in which an injured worker may benefit from retaining an Essex County workers’ compensation lawyer. Some of these include the following:
- An injured workers’ employer or the employer’s insurance company is attempting to deny benefits
- The benefits received are not sufficient to cover the injured worker’s expenses
- There is a significant delay in receiving benefits
- The injured worker receives social security benefits
- The injured worker is retaliated against for filing a claim
Personal injury is the area of law that seeks to compensate injured people who have suffered losses due to the negligent or intentional conduct of another party. Essex County attorney David Kaplan regularly represents clients that have personal injury cases arising from a variety of incidents, including the following:
- Construction accidents
- Recreational accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Assault and battery
In many instances, individuals hurt by negligence or the wrongful conduct of others, are entitled to significant compensation for the losses sustained, including medical expenses, lost income, loss of quality of life, and physical and emotional pain and suffering. Victims should keep in mind that determining the value of a personal injury claim is a complicated process and many people who are hurt by others significantly undervalue their claim. Consequently, anyone hurt in an accident should contact an attorney familiar with representing personal injury victims before accepting any settlement offer made by an insurance company or the at-fault party.
Whether you have been hurt in an accident, injured at work, or have been the victim of workplace discrimination, you should contact an experienced lawyer as soon as possible. In many cases, individuals who have been adversely affected by these kinds of issues are able to obtain significant financial compensation. David H. Kaplan is an experienced Essex County personal injury, workers’ compensation, and employment discrimination attorney who works tirelessly to obtain justice for the clients he represents. Mr. Kaplan has been practicing law in the state of New Jersey for more than 30 years, giving him the experience and legal knowledge required to bring your case to the most favorable outcome possible. To schedule a free consultation with Mr. Kaplan, call our office today at 973-426-0021 or send us an email through our online contact form.