How to Protect Your Rights in the Workplace
Employment discrimination is a serious problem in workplaces throughout the country. It occurs when a member of a protected class is discriminated against by their peers, supervisors, or managers. This can come in many different forms. Protected classes are race, color, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, gender, age, disability, pregnancy, and gender identity.
There are a number of discrimination laws in place designed to protect workers from this type of behavior. These laws prohibit your employer from treating workers any differently based on the factors previously mentioned (race, age, gender, etc.). Common examples of workplace discrimination include denying employment or promotions because a person is African-American, a woman, or is pregnant.
Proving discrimination in the workplace can be a difficult task. It will require the assistance of a highly trained legal specialist. There are various regulations that dictate what companies can be prosecuted for discrimination as well as how long a person has to file a claim. These regulations vary according to the type of discrimination that takes place.
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- Race Discrimination
- Age Discrimination
- Sexual Orientation Discrimination
- National Origin Discrimination
- Religion Discrimination
- Pregnancy Discrimination
- Disability Discrimination
- Gender Discrimination
Understanding when and how to take action against discrimination significantly increases your chances of success.
Following is an examination of the typical course of action that occurs in these situations:
- Discrimination occurs. The first step is obviously the act of discrimination itself. This is when an employer discriminates against you because of any of the criteria outlined above (race, color, gender, etc.)
- Contact an attorney. The most important step is contacting an attorney who specializes in employment discrimination in the state and city where you work. It is possible that they will recommend a course of action different from what is outlined below—that will depend entirely on the specific details of your situation. But you should have an attorney before you go through the next steps. One note of caution: It is never a good idea to hire an attorney who lives in another state. Attorneys in Florida do not know the attorneys in Dallas, they do not know the local rules, they do not know the local defense attorneys, and they are generally unfamiliar with the local courts and judges.
- Filing a charge. This is an administrative proceeding that must be done before a lawsuit can be filed. The charge starts the process, but it is handled directly by a relevant administrative agency. The charge must be filed within 180 days of the act of discrimination. You and your attorney should file the charge as soon as possible.
- Investigation. In this phase, an investigation is supposed to determine if there is any cause that will support your allegation against the employer. It’s important to understand that this investigation is not to determine liability. It is also important to note that many times, due to budget constraints, no investigation occurs. This is why it is important for you to have an attorney guide you through the process.
If cause was found, then the investigating agency will attempt to begin a conciliation between you and the employer. The goal of conciliation is to allow you and the employer to reach a settlement agreement without going to court.
If the investigating agency does not find cause, then they will issue a “right to sue.” By this point, you should be working closely with your attorney to prepare to file a lawsuit in court against the employer. Again, there are specific deadlines that must be followed after you receive a right to sue letter.
Similarly, if you could not reach an acceptable conciliation with the employer, then you will receive a “right to sue” letter. It is important to know that the right to sue letter is a formality, and the right to sue letter is not a determination that you have a valid claim or that the employer did anything wrong.
The government agencies designed to protect employees from discrimination handle a large volume of cases and cannot offer the personal attention that an attorney can. You should contact a Dallas employment discrimination attorney as soon as possible after the discrimination has occurred.
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