My question involves labor and employment law for the state of: New Jersey
Background: We are getting divorced. Our business, while completely under her name, was founded during our marriage and had a lot of my mother's money invested to start it. Thus, it is a marital asset regardless of whose name is on it and will be subject to equitable distribution in the divorce matter. In order to maintain status quo, we have been advised that I should not quit nor should she fire me until the divorce is finalized. As a family business, I do not have any contracts signed governing the terms of my employment.
The harassment is a result of our contentious divorce. I can best describe her behavior as a bully who is retaliating against her victim because the victim stood up to her. She unilaterally generated a job description for my position to include running personal errands for her as I refused to do so any longer outside of the workplace. She has one-by-one cut off access to various important business accounts impeding my ability to perform my job, but is blatantly doing so to hide her unsavory activities and how much business money is spent on her affair or her personal life. She has now offered an ultimatum that I concede to her new terms of my position or give her 14-day notice within two weeks from now.
1. Would she have grounds to terminate me if I simply chose to ignore her official notice?
2. Would I have a case for wrongful termination?
3. Can I just quit immediately without notice? What retaliation could I expect from that?
My divorce lawyers do not often enough come across this type of incredibly one-sided, imbalance of power in a divorce this contentious so they are not sure what to advise from a labor law standpoint.