I see. Again, I am sorry to hear about your situation. It's unfortunate that there are people like this that are in positions of authority. First of all, you need to understand that NJ is an "at will
" employment state. At-will employment means that without a contract, you have no contractual or other right to employment with the company. The company is entitled to fire you for any reason: a good reason, a poor reason, or no reason at all--as long as the company does not fire you for an illegal reason (race, gender, age, religion, etc...). But it extends beyond firing, to hiring, promotions
, demotions, wage
cuts and raises, disciplinary actions
, and even scheduling. Unless you can show that this was done in violation of a contract, union agreement, or a clear violation of an unambiguous and binding clause against the employer, or that it was done because of some minority status (age, race, gender, religion, disability) that you have, then they do have this discretion. So to even have a "wrongful termination" case, you'd have to show that you were terminated illegally. Yes, I agree that his actions were "wrong" (and immoral, unethical, and illogical). But that doesn't mean that they were illegal. Calling you what he did could be gender discrimination
, but it would need to be established that he was targeting you based upon your gender, and not some other reason. If he treats ALL the women the same way, there could be a case. But if he treats some women one way and others another way, then it would be difficult to show that he's discriminating against women. It would be easier for him to establish a defense and say that he's discriminating against you for some other (non illegal) reason. Again, his actions absolutely seem immoral, unethical, and illogical. But it doesn't seem that they were illegal. Now not paying you for that time that you were at meetings would be illegal. You have a right to be paid for those. But his actions at the meeting and afterward do not appear to be illegal, and thus not actionable. I know this is probably not what you wanted to hear, but it is the law. I hope that clears things up anyway. If you have any other questions, please let me know. If not, and you have not yet, please rate my answer AND press the "submit" button, if applicable. Please note that I don't get any credit for the time and effort that I spent on this answer unless and until you rate it positively (good or better). Thank you, ***** ***** luck to you!