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Philadelphia Workplace Discrimination Lawyers

Employment

Philadelphia Workplace Discrimination Lawyers

Workplace Discrimination Law

Discrimination, no matter the specifics, is illegal. Anyone may face discrimination. Likewise, anyone can be discriminatory against someone. More often than not, discrimination takes place in the workplace. Still, discrimination can happen at a grocery store, out shopping, or even when you book an Airbnb in your favorite city. Discrimination is discrimination. That means that anyone can sue for discrimination, regardless of whether they are in the minority or not.

If you face discrimination, you may be able to seek relief for your embarrassment, mistreatment, and any financial harm. Discrimination can take many forms, but compensation takes only one. Seeking our services is the best way to recover after an act of discrimination leaves you reeling.

Protected Classes

By law, no one may discriminate against another individual on the basis of a protected class. Everyone in the United States belongs in one protected class or another. A protected class refers to a characteristic of a person that is legally protected by law. For legal discrimination, it is a matter of proving whether someone discriminated against an individual because of their protected class. Meaning, an individual may be treated a certain way for their behavior and not characteristics.

Currently, these are the protected classes of people as defined by federal law:

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Equal Pay/Compensation
  • Genetic Information
  • Harassment
  • National Origin
  • Pregnancy
  • Race/Color
  • Religion
  • Retaliation
  • Sex
  • Sexual Harassment

Color discrimination is a bit different than race discrimination. Color discrimination stems from the pigmentation of a person’s skin. Namely, if an individual is a darker or lighter skinned member of a particular race.

As a right now, sexual orientation is not protected in most of the country. Still, you might be able to make a case for sexual orientation discrimination. To learn more, please contact our office.

Retaliation

Retaliation can be in many forms. Retaliation means that an employer is seeking to punish an employee for a number of reasons such as:

  • Making a complaint of discrimination
  • Speaking up for a fellow employee
  • Cooperating in an official investigation of discrimination
  • Cooperating in a legal proceeding regarding discrimination.

Common Examples

In order to help you understand the reach of discrimination laws, take these common examples into consideration:

  • An employee is a minority. Their employer is a company with more than 100 people. Year after year, this employee faces cruel jokes about their race from the other employees. Regardless of their fellow employee’s race, the employee feels discriminated against. They report their feelings to the Human Resources manager who promised support without bias. They tell the employee that “your kind is too sensitive” and dismiss you. This is discrimination.
  • An employee is getting on in life. The individual works as a hostess in a local casino. She is 42. For the last six months, her boss has been putting pressure on her to look younger to please the customers. Her regulars do not mind her age, but the comments pick up. Soon, she starts getting worse shifts. Eventually, the employer fires the employee for failure to meet dress code expectations. This is discrimination.
  • Last, a man receives a poor medical diagnosis. He is still able to navigate in the world, but every now and then he needs the help of a service animal to navigate. With the proper paperwork and identification on his dog, he enters a large chain hardware store. The store denies entry because of his service animal. This is discrimination.

You may not face retaliation for making a complaint, speaking out against the discrimination of another, or otherwise participating in any “investigation, proceeding, or lawsuit” regarding an act of discrimination.

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