The Rights of Untenured Teachers Under New Jersey Employment Law
New Jersey’s employment laws governing the rights and responsibilities of New Jersey teachers are found in Title 18A of New Jersey Statutes. The laws are complex, but our employment attorneys have significant experience in representing New Jersey teachers in this complex area. Indeed, Maurice McLaughlin wrote the seminal treatise on the rights of public school teachers under New Jersey employment law. This blog briefly summarizes untenured teachers’ rights.
Status of Non-Tenured Teachers
New Jersey is an “employment at will” state. This means that normally an employee can be fired for any reason –even mistaken reasons – so long as the motivation is not illegal. New Jersey’s tenure protection laws provide strong protections from the harshness of employment at will, but until teachers acquire tenure they have few protections against termination, even without cause.