The Law Against Discrimination (LAD) in New Jersey provides a range of remedies for employees who have been subjected to discrimination or retaliation in the workplace. The remedies available depend on the specific circumstances of the case, but can include:
- Back pay: This refers to the wages, salary, and benefits that an employee would have earned if they had not been subjected to discrimination. Back pay can be awarded for the period of time between the discriminatory action and the date of the court or administrative agency’s decision.
- Front pay: This refers to the wages, salary, and benefits that an employee would have earned if they had not been subjected to discrimination in the future. Front pay may be awarded if the court or administrative agency determines that the employee is unlikely to be rehired by the employer.
- Compensatory damages: These damages are intended to compensate the employee for the emotional distress and other harms caused by the discriminatory conduct. Compensatory damages may include compensation for mental anguish, pain and suffering, and other types of emotional harm.
- Punitive damages: These damages are intended to punish the employer for engaging in particularly egregious or intentional discriminatory conduct. Punitive damages may be awarded in addition to compensatory damages.
- Injunctive relief: This refers to a court order requiring the employer to take certain actions or refrain from certain conduct. For example, the court may order the employer to stop engaging in discriminatory practices or to provide specific training to employees.
It’s important to note that the specific remedies available under the LAD depend on the specific facts of each case, and the court or administrative agency has broad discretion in determining the appropriate remedies. If you believe that you have been subjected to discrimination or retaliation in the workplace, it’s important to speak with an experienced employment law attorney who can help you understand your rights and the remedies that may be available to you.
If you feel that you’re a victim of employment discrimination, contact us at (973) 383-2700 for a free, confidential, no-obligation consultation.