Here's a scenario: You show up to the restaurant where you work to find firetrucks parked outside. There's a gas leak somewhere in the area, and the scent of gas is rather strong. Your boss admits that he's been told not to start any cooking until the firefighters give the word because of a gas leak into the sewer. Your boss, however, is convinced that if he flushes the drains out and opens a window, it's safe to start work and he doesn't want to wait.
Some bosses are just awful people -- but you can manage to put up with their abrasive personalities and demands and get your work done anyhow. However, if your boss seemingly went out of his or her way to make your life specifically miserable -- to the point that you felt like you had no choice but to quit -- you may have actually been the victim of a constructive discharge.
Have you been fired due to your use of medical marijuana? If so, you may have the ability to challenge your employer's decision in court.
New Jersey is an "employment at will" state, which means that either the employee or the employer can end their working relationship at any point -- as long as doing so doesn't violate a contractual agreement or is a "wrongful" termination because it violates the law.
Some jobs are just inherently more dangerous than others -- but nobody should be expected to put themselves in unreasonably unsafe conditions for a paycheck.
Let's be perfectly clear about this: It is not acceptable for your employer to turn a blind eye when you are being sexually harassed at work -- even if the people doing the sexual harassment are other workers, customers or (in this case) a bunch of middle-school students.
If you were fired recently, it probably wasn't a pleasant experience. Could it have actually been illegal?
Even if you have a written contract with your employer, there's no guarantee that your employer will live up to his or her obligations.
The New Jersey Paid Sick Leave Act takes effect this month. Employers and employees alike should take note.
Workplace bullies come in all shapes and sizes -- but complaining to human resources or a boss about a bully has to be done carefully. Otherwise, you might be the person who ends up fired -- just for complaining!