Employment discrimination laws prevent employers from discriminating against their employees because of age, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, a pregnancy or a disability or perceived disability. If you are part of one of these protected categories and think you are being treated unequally or harassed, then you may be a victim of employment discrimination.
Employers are prohibited from discriminating against their employees in the following areas:
- hiring and firing;
- promotion, demotion or transfer;
- assignment or classification of employees;
- layoff, reduction in force (RIF) or forced retirement;
- job advertisements and recruitment;
- use of company facilities;
- training and apprenticeship programs;
- retirement plans, health/medical and fringe benefits; or
- disability leave and severance.
Discrimination claims are not normally based on conduct that is open and clear. More often, employment discrimination is difficult to detect. If you believe that you are being treated unfairly, differently from others or being harassed, doing nothing is usually not a good response and only invites further problems. You do not have to tolerate your employer’s wrongful acts or wait for something to happen before taking action. Instead, obtaining legal advice from an attorney as soon as possible after the conduct first occurs puts you in the best position. Importantly, your employer cannot retaliate against you for reporting discrimination or filing a legal claim. If you feel you are being treated unjustly or harassed at work, contact Steve Williamsonfor a free consultation.