Being a victim of discrimination is not only incredibly unfair, it is also illegal if the discrimination occurs in the workplace. Both federal and state law prohibit discrimination at work, and the law provides legal remedies for employees who are victims of discrimination. If you have been discriminated against at your Perth Amboy job, please call our discrimination attorneys to learn more about your rights and the options available to you.
Discrimination: Who’s Protected?
Discrimination occurs when someone is treated differently based on a protected characteristic. According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), types of discrimination include:
- Equal pay/compensation
- Genetic information
- National origin
- Sexual harassment
While often not thought of as discrimination, it is discrimination to treat an employee differently because they have exercised a protected right, such as filing for workers’ compensation–this may take the form of unlaw retaliation. What’s more, harassment and sexual harassment can also qualify as types of discrimination. Finally, the Supreme Court of the United States also recently decided that the law protects gay and transgender persons from workplace discrimination too.
Examples of Discrimination
Treating an employee differently based on any of the above characteristics can take many forms. Most commonly, discrimination looks like the following:
- Harassment of an employee by management or bosses, other co-workers, and others in the workplace;
- Being denied reasonable accommodation based on your disability or religious beliefs;
- Being retaliated against for exercising a protected right, such as taking time away to vote or reporting a safety violation; or
- Otherwise being treated unfairly, such as being denied a promotion or being offered a lower wage.
Filing a Discrimination Claim
If you believe that you have been discriminated against, you may file a discrimination claim with the EEOC or the Division on Civil Rights of the state of New Jersey. After you file your charge, your claim will be investigated. You and your employer may be asked to participate in a mediation program. The EEOC may try to reach a settlement with your employer on your behalf, or you may be informed of your right to file a lawsuit. If you can prove that discrimination occurred, you may be entitled to a number of different remedies, including back pay or front pay you were denied, reinstatement to your position, compensation for your court and legal fees, and more.
Call A Perth Amboy Discrimination Lawyer Today
Discrimination in the workplace is unacceptable. If you are being discriminated against, you have rights. Our discrimination lawyers at the Sattiraju Law Firm can help you to protect those rights and seek recompense for the harm you’ve suffered.
Our employment law firm has years of experience in and out of the courtroom and is comprised of effective trial lawyers with a track record of success. Please call us directly or send us a message online to schedule your free consultation–time is running out on your right to take action.