If you feel as if you are being treated unfairly or illegally in the workplace, you have the right to fight it. At The Law Firm of Haden & Colbert, we have experience in employment and labor law to help ensure you make the best case possible for your discrimination claim.
We understand that workplace discrimination can be emotionally disruptive and damaging, and we will work with you to protect your personal and professional integrity and get you back to life. Our attorneys will fight to achieve a satisfying resolution to your case that includes adequate compensation from the offending party to right any personal or financial wrongs you suffered from discrimination.
What Is Workplace Discrimination or Harassment?
There are local, state and federal laws on your side meant to protect your rights against mistreatment for a variety of factors, including age, sex/gender, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, pregnancy, family responsibility, sexual orientation, and political affiliation.
Certain types of behaviors that may be considered discrimination in the workplace based on any of the above factors may include:
– Failure to hire
– Failure to promote
– Wrongful termination
– Failure to protect employees from ongoing harassment
– Workplace retaliation
Types of Discrimination
Learn more about what classifies as illegal discrimination under each category. Contact us at The Law Firm of Haden & Colbert for your free initial consultation to talk more about your case and what we can do for you.
Under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), employers are federally prohibited from discriminating against employees age 40 and up because of their age. Some actions an employer could take based on age may include discriminatory hiring, termination, compensation, harassment, job assignments and more.
Federal law prohibits discrimination based on gender and sex, as do many state and local laws. Discriminatory actions based on sex/gender may include hiring, compensation, promotion, treatment on the job, harassment, treatment based on stereotypes on the job, and failure to protect employees who oppose discrimination based on sex.
Race, Color and National Origin
Employers are prohibited by many federal and state laws to discriminate based on race, color or national origin. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 workers against discriminatory hiring, compensating, promoting, job treatment, harassment, and failure to protect employees who oppose racial discrimination. All of these actions and more could be potential grounds for legal action.
The rights of religious workers are protected under the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as well as by a host of local and state laws. Employers are required to provide reasonable accommodations for religious employees’ spiritual practices and beliefs, so long as those accommodations can be made without causing an “undue hardship” on the employer.
Additionally, it is illegal for employers to participate in discriminatory employment practices based on religion, such as hiring, compensating, promoting, harassment, and failure to protect employees who oppose discriminatory treatment.
Workers are federally protected (through the Americans with Disabilities Act) against discrimination based on disability. Similar to religion, employers are required to provide reasonable accommodations for disabled employees, so long as those accommodations can be made without causing an “undue hardship” on the employer.
Additionally, it is illegal for employers to participate in discriminatory employment practices based on disability, such as hiring, compensating, promoting, harassment, and failure to protect employees who oppose discriminatory treatment.
Employees who are pregnant are protected against discrimination in the workplace based on pregnancy. Refusal to hire, unfair treatment, harassment, and fewer opportunities are all possible grounds for a discrimination case based on pregnancy.
Discrimination based on family responsibility may come in many forms. It may include any action taken by an employer that discriminates against an employee based on their status as a parent or caregiver to a member of their family.
There are federal protections for employees against workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation, such as failure to protect employees who oppose discriminatory treatment, for example.
Depending on whether you are employed in the public or private sector, you may also have the right to certain protections against discrimination based on political affiliation. To learn more about your rights in the state of Missouri, contact us with more details on your case to discuss what applies to you.
Contact The Law Offices of Haden & Colbert
If you think you have faced workplace discrimination based on any of the above factors, contact The Law Firm of Haden & Colbert to discuss your next steps. We will work with you to ensure your case is handled appropriately and effectively to provide you with the necessary compensation due based on a violation of rights.
Call us at 573-442-3535 for your free initial consultation today.