Employees have the right to be treated fairly and with dignity at work. Federal and state protections exist that prohibit workplace discrimination due to one’s race, sex, religion, national origin, pregnancy, military service, age, or disability; yet thousands of cases of workplace discrimination are filed each year. If you believe that you have been treated unfairly due to one of these factors, it is important to consider your legal rights.
Types of Discrimination
Discrimination in the workplace can take various forms. It can be subtle or it can be blatant. It may come from a coworker, a supervisor, or several employees at your place of business. One significant sign of discrimination is when an individual is being targeted for harassment due to his or her protected status. Employees may experience harassment on the job for being perceived as “different” by their superiors or coworkers. Examples of workplace harassment may include actions such as being ridiculed, name-called, persistently faced with unjust criticism, humiliated, intimidated, constantly pressured into meeting impossible deadlines, or otherwise bullied.
Sexual harassment is one form of harassment which can affect male and female employees although it is more commonly reported by female employees. Harassment of this type may include suggestive sexual remarks, invasion of personal space, being the target of sexual jokes, unwanted sexual advances or physical touching.
Harassment of any kind that targets employees based on their gender or sex, or sexual identity, race, religious affiliation, disability, military service, age, or pregnancy may be a component of a hostile work environment. In addition to harassment, signs of discrimination may include being passed over for a promotion, being rejected for an open position, being denied a raise and/ or benefits, not receiving training or receiving insufficient training, or being denied for a work opportunity that is granted to others on the basis of one or more of these protected factors.
Protecting Workers Against Discrimination in Norfolk
Several federal and state laws protect employees against discrimination based on their race/ national origin, sex, religion, pregnancy, disability, age, and even genetic information. Such laws protect employees from experiencing discrimination in all aspects of employment, from the hiring process to the termination of the employment.
Among the most important federal laws that protects employees is Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which states that discrimination is prohibited in the workplace on the basis of race, color, sex, religion or ethnic origin. The Age Discrimination in Employment Act is a federal law that prohibits discriminating against employees who are 40 and older and the American with Disabilities Act protects employees with disabilities by requiring reasonable accommodations, among other protections Several other state and local statutes exist to guard employees from unfair treatment in the workplace.
If you believe you have been singled out for unfair treatment because of your race or ethnicity, sex or sexual orientation, pregnancy, involvement in the military, age, disability, or other protected status, you may have a workplace discrimination case in Norfolk. Attorneys Lisa Bertini and Andrea Ruege fight diligently to uphold the rights of workers like you. Additionally, they work closely with employers who seek to improve their human relations. Call (757) 222-9165 to speak with a Norfolk employment attorney today.