Unfortunately, many employees face discrimination in the workplace every day. Whether it be in the hiring process, in promoting or demoting employees, or even in firing and letting go company personnel. It is important to remember your rights as an employee when navigating workplace politics and what is discrimination.
Employment discrimination is unfair treatment to employees or potential employees based on age, gender, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, military status, race, pregnancy, religion, or national origin. Employees have legal rights based on these protected characteristics as defined by a multitude of employment laws and acts placed by federal and state governments.
The Columbus employment discrimination lawyers with Barkan Meizlish, LLP are dedicated to protecting the rights of employees when they have been discriminated against due to a protected characteristic.
Discrimination in the workplace is extremely serious, as being denied working opportunities because of race, gender, age, sexual orientation, military status or any of the number of protected characteristics denies a person from being able to provide for themselves or their families. At Barkan Meizlish, LLP, our team of discrimination lawyers in Columbus, Ohio are ready and willing to help clients with any form of employment discrimination they may face including the following:
Age Discrimination — Discrimination based upon age usually applies to clients over the age of 40. When an employer passes over hiring a person due to their age or asks questions such as, “isn’t it almost time for you to retire?” they may be discriminating against an employee or job applicant. The Age Discrimination in Employment Act protects against this kind of discrimination.
Race and National Origin Discrimination — Discriminating against someone due to their race or national origin is very common. Racial slurs and jokes or being passed over for promotions and raises for white counterparts may indicate a form of racial or national origin discrimination in the workplace. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects employees from this discrimination.
Gender and Pregnancy Discrimination — If you believe you have been discriminated against due to your gender, then it’s important that you contact a workplace discrimination lawyer in Columbus, Ohio to determine your legal steps in rectifying the issue.
Furthermore, women who are pregnant in the workplace may experience discrimination due to taking a leave of absence to give birth. Sometimes, women are fired from their positions immediately before or after taking maternity leave. Generally, however, their rights are protected under various Federal and State laws. Further, female employees who are breastfeeding are afforded additional protections in the workplace. For example, employers are required to provide reasonable break time and a private place for hourly employees who are breastfeeding to express milk. These protections, among others, are found in the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978 and various Federal and State laws.
Military Discrimination — Many times, employed civilians are requested to return to military service in order to protect our country. Under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Act of 1994, those who serve or have served in the military are protected against discrimination in hiring and rehiring practices when they return to civilian life.
Religious Discrimination — Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 also includes protection against religious discrimination. This protects individuals from harassment and discrimination due to religious beliefs, which could include using breaks to pray, wearing head coverings or other religious adornments, or observing religious holidays outside of conventional holidays. It is illegal for employers to not hire and applicant or demote an employee based on their religious beliefs.
Sexual Orientation Discrimination — Discrimination against an applicant or an employee because they are lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, queer, intersex, or asexual is illegal. Hiring, promoting, or firing employees based on their gender identity or sexual orientation is a common form of discrimination, but if you believe you have been discriminated against because of this, it’s important to contact a Columbus employment discrimination lawyer.
Disability Discrimination — If you have been passed up or fired from a job due to mental or physical disability, despite being able to perform all essential job functions with or without reasonable accommodation, then you may experience disability discrimination. In many cases, the Family and Medical Leave Act protects those with disabilities from workplace discrimination.
Discrimination in the workplace affects Americans every day. If you believe you have been discriminated against due to a protected characteristic, then contact the experienced Barkan Meizlish, LLC workplace discrimination attorneys in Columbus, Ohio. Our expert legal team is ready to defend your rights as an employee.
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