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Restrictions on Firing Employees in New Jersey

Filed under Managing the Workplace. Fact checked on May 25, 2012.

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Employers in New Jersey are subject to these state rules that restrict firing employees under certain circumstances.

New Jersey laws make it unlawful for an employer to:

  • require that employees take polygraph tests or undergo genetic testing
  • fire an employee for claiming workers' compensation benefits
  • deny equal employment opportunity
  • violate protections for veterans or reservists
  • retaliate against an employee for filing a wage or family leave law complaint or for reporting or refusing to participate in an illegal activity
  • fire an employee for having wages withheld for child support or other garnishment

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