Despite the progress that we have made as a society, workplace discrimination is still a serious problem. Discrimination can leave you feeling hurt and powerless. You shouldn’t have to put up with any mistreatment as a prospective or current employee based on your protected status.
People may be illegally discriminated against on the basis of:
- National Origin
- Sexual orientation
- Marital Status
This is not an exhaustive list of legally protected classes. As an employee, you have the right to be free from unlawful discrimination or harassment. If you are a job applicant, you are legally protected from discrimination during your hiring process.
It can be helpful to create a record of any instances of discrimination. Write down when the actions occurred, who was involved, and the names of any witnesses.
Know Your Rights
Many state and federal laws are in place to protect employees from workplace discrimination. State laws tend to vary regarding who is a protected individual and how the laws apply to employers.
The vast majority of workplace discrimination and harassment laws were enacted after the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960’s. They offer protection for many personal characteristics but not for relevant workplace concerns such as job performance or attitude.
You may be protected under:
- Title VII: As part of the Civil Right Act of 1964, Title VII prohibits discrimination based on sex, race, religion, and national origin.
- Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA): This act defines qualifying disabilities and outlines the protections that are available to disabled individuals.
- Age Discrimination in Employment Act: If you are over 40 years of age, you may be protected under this act.
- Equal Pay Act: Employers covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act are required to pay men and women the same pay for “equal work” under the Equal Pay Act.
Some of these laws do not apply to employers who have very few employees. Our experienced attorneys will find relevant laws that may support your case.
Contact an Experienced Workplace Discrimination Attorney
At Leventhal Lewis, our attorneys will fight tirelessly to protect your rights and your career. You are probably concerned about the ways that workplace discrimination may be affecting you emotionally and financially. We are passionate about helping you during this challenging time in your life.
We possess the experience, resources, and deep wealth of legal knowledge that it takes to stand up to companies of any size. Discrimination is unacceptable, and we will work to hold the at-fault party accountable.
If you believe you have been discriminated against by a current, past, or prospective employer, contact our attorneys. We know that reporting the issue and taking legal action can be a daunting process, and we are here to make it straightforward and unintimidating.
We offer complimentary, confidential evaluations to individuals who are dealing with matters of employment discrimination. After examining the facts of your case, we can help determine the appropriate next steps that may be available to you.
Schedule Your Free Workplace Discrimination Case Evaluation
Discussing your case with our compassionate legal team is free. We will listen to your situation and help determine if you are protected under any anti-discrimination laws.
If you live in Colorado Springs, Pueblo, Castle Rock, or a nearby Colorado community, contact Leventhal Lewis today at 719-694-3000.