For over 43 years, McPhillips Shinbaum, LLP has been dedicated to helping clients fight employment discrimination in Alabama. Whether you feel that you’ve been discriminated against because of your race, national origin, gender, disability, religion, marital status, or age, our attorneys are well-versed in all aspects of employment law and will fight to help you get justice, fair treatment, and compensation without fear of retaliation from your employer.
What Is Workplace Discrimination?
It is illegal for employers to discriminate based on race, national origin, gender, disability, religion, marital status or age in the hiring process or workplace. Discriminatory practices based on these legally protected characteristics can occur in all aspects of employment and may include paying employees who are equally qualified different salaries, discrimination when giving promotions, and harassment that creates a hostile work environment. It is also illegal to fire employees in retaliation for whistleblowing, sexual harassment complaints, or engaging in union activity.
Common Types Of Employment Discrimination
Race discrimination in the workplace can be overt or subtle. Refusing to hire someone based on race or ethnicity, denying promotions to employees of certain races and making slurs, jokes or offensive comments based on race may all be considered discrimination.
Employers are prohibited from compensating one person more than another based on their gender–men and women who possess the same qualifications, responsibility, skill level and position must be paid equally.
Both applicants and employees are protected from pregnancy discrimination or harassment by the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978.
The Federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act forbids age discrimination against people age 40 or older. Typically, companies may not specify an age preference in job listings, and age discrimination in any aspect of employment is illegal.
The law forbids discrimination against any qualified individual with a disability in all aspects of employment. The Americans with Disabilities Act requires employers to provide reasonable accommodation to employees and applicants with disabilities unless doing so would cause undue hardship for the employer.
Religious discrimination in the workplace can be overt or subtle. Refusing to hire someone based on their religious preferences, or denying promotions or leave off to employees of certain religions and making slurs, jokes or offensive comments based on their religious preferences may all be considered discrimination.
How Can An Employment Law Attorney Help?
If you believe you have experienced workplace discrimination, you may file a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). There are strict deadlines for filing a charge of discrimination. Our knowledgeable attorneys understand which relevant details and documentation to include to support your discrimination claim and will ensure that your claim is filed in an accurate and timely manner. If the EEOC determines that discrimination has occurred, you may be entitled to a settlement, which may include past and future lost earnings, reinstatement, promotion, compensatory damages and other remedies.
Contact An Experienced Employment Law Attorney Today
Our legal team firmly believes that all people are created equal. If you believe you’ve been a victim of workplace discrimination, our attorneys will fight tirelessly to protect your rights and interests to ensure you get the benefits, compensation and fair treatment you deserve. Contact us online or call 334-262-1911 schedule a free initial consultation at McPhillips Shinbaum, LLP.