Discrimination at Work
You were denied a promotion because you’re a woman.
You work hard. You do your job well, better in fact than your male co-workers. Yet, when there was a promotion open, you lost out to a lower-performing male.
You know why it happened. You are a woman and your boss wanted a man in the job.
Discrimination in the workplace is wrong and it’s against the law. You deserve better, and you need an attorney who will help you fight back.
Discrimination in the workplace comes in many forms. You might be discriminated against for age, race, gender, national origin, religion or because of a disability. Whatever form it comes in, discrimination in the workplace is wrong and you should fight back.
You deserve justice for what you have gone through—you need lawyers who will help you fight back.
We know the law about discrimination in the workplace. We work with it every day, and we will help you fight for your rights.
LGBTQ and Employment
Before June 15, 2020 it was perfectly legal in the majority of the United States to fire someone for being gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. Individuals who identify as LBGTQ were only afforded protection at the state level, which made where you lived more important than how you were treated. However, the Supreme Court ruled in Bostock v. Clayton County that “an employer who fires an individual merely for being gay or transgender defies the law.” Under the protections of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act approximately four million queer people living in the United States now have employment protection.
We support you. We are grateful that the law has finally caught up to common sense. Let us ally and fight for you.
Fighting for justice against discrimination in the workplace
You should consult with an employment lawyer—one who is experienced in fighting workplace discrimination issues. We work every day on issues like discrimination and we can help you fight for your rights.
Need a lawyer to fight discrimination in the workplace? Here are your next steps.
You’ve been pushed far enough. It’s time to call us and find out how we can make your employer pay for what they’ve done to you.
Important note: Under the law, you have a limited amount of time to act.
Call us for a consultation to find out how we can ensure you get the justice you deserve. Call 419-243-9005 or click here to contact us today. Widman & Franklin LLC. has licensed employment lawyers in Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Connecticut and West Virginia.
To learn more about some of the types of discrimination that happen in the workplace please continue reading below.
- Sex or Gender
- National Origin or Ethnicity
- Genetic Information
Race – Racial discrimination in the workplace is illegal. Despite this, we still see employers harassing, retaliating against, and creating hostile work environments for some employees based on their race. This is unacceptable. Employers’ racially biased decisions can be reflected in the hiring or promotion process, pay practices, discipline and even terminations. If you think you are being discriminated against because of your race, the law spells out some stringent time-frames for getting your case filed, so be sure to act quickly.
Age – Federal and state laws prohibit employers from discriminating against employees based on their age. If a person is forty years old or older and is subject to any of the following, he or she may be dealing with age discrimination:
- Biased comments such as name calling like “grandma” or old age jokes specifically directed at the older employee;
- Better treatment of younger employees of the same job description;
- More lenient discipline of younger employees for similar conduct;
- The employer only hires younger people;
- Harassment consistently aimed at older employees; and
- Never getting promoted in favor of younger employees with less qualifications.
Religion – The law makes it clear that employers cannot discriminate against an employee based on the employee’s religious beliefs or lack of religious beliefs. The laws are specific in detailing the types of discriminatory actions that are unacceptable, including: refusal to hire; unfair treatment in the workplace; harassment; withholding promotions an employee is otherwise qualified for; termination; and asking for and/or documenting an employee’s religion.
Pregnancy – The Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) prohibits employers from making any adverse decision about a women’s employment based on her pregnancy, childbirth, or any medical condition related to those things. If a woman is temporarily unable to do her job, the employer must treat her the same way they would treat any disabled employee by providing reasonable accommodations such as light duty, medical leave, or maybe a different assignment.
Sex or Gender – The law also prohibits employers from making employment related decisions based on one’s gender or sexual orientation/identity. That means that if they have prevented an employee from getting a raise, a promotion, participating in certain activities, or just treated an employee differently because of their gender or sexual orientation/identity, they may be in violation of this legislation.
National Origin or Ethnicity – This type of discrimination is based on a person’s country or place of origin or that of their ancestors. It’s not the same as racial discrimination or discrimination due to someone’s skin color, although these are also protected classes under Title VII. Supervisors, coworkers or others involved with the employer may not allow treatment of an employee that has a negative impact, because of the country or place they, or their ancestors, have come from.
Disability – The Americans with Disability Act (ADA) became law in 1990. It protects employees who have a physical or mental impairment that significantly affects daily life activities from being discriminated against in the workplace. It also protects employees who have a significant relationship with some who is disabled from discrimination as well. There are also provisions that if a reasonable accommodation can be made that will allow an applicant or employee to successfully perform his or her job duties, then the employer is required to provide that accommodation. Most states have laws that provide similar protections to employees with disabilities.
Genetic Information – The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) prohibits the use of genetic information in employment. The law prohibits employers from using individuals’ genetic information, including a genetic predisposition to developing a disease in the future, when making hiring, firing, job placement, or promotion decisions.
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