Arlington Workplace Discrimination Lawyer
Discrimination should not be tolerated in the workplace. Not only is it unfair to be judged for anything in the workplace other than the quality of your work, but it is also against the law. When employers or co-workers discriminate against others in the workplace, it can create an extremely unwelcoming—and legally impermissible—environment.
The workplace should be a professional environment that fosters productivity and promotes equal opportunities for all, but unfortunately this is not the reality in some workplaces. An Arlington County workplace discrimination lawyer from the Spiggle Law Firm could work tirelessly to advocate for your rights if you suffer from unlawful discrimination at your job.
Legally Protected Characteristics
There are several characteristics enumerated by federal law that are legally prohibited grounds for discrimination in the workplace. These include:
- Race and/or color
- Sex and/or gender identity
- Sexual orientation
These traits are protected by both state and federal law throughout the entire course of your employment, from the initial interview process through termination. Declining to hire, firing, demoting or opposing a raise or promotion for a person because they are a member of a protected class is illegal discrimination.
State and Federal Anti-Discrimination Statutes
There is a well-established body of federal law that protects workers from workplace discrimination. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) makes it illegal to discriminate against persons who have disabilities; Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination based on a number of characteristics, primarily race, religion, sex, and gender; and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) makes it unlawful to discriminate against workers over the age of 40.
In addition, the state of Virginia has its own anti-discrimination statute, the Virginia Human Rights Act. One of the primary differences between the Virginia Human Rights Act and federal anti-discrimination statutes is the number of employees who must work for an employer for the law to be enforceable.
While federal anti-discrimination statutes usually only apply to employers with more than 15 employers, the Virginia anti-discrimination statute applies to employers who have between six and 14 employees. As a result, you could have a claim in Arlington County under one statute but not the other depending on the size of the company for which you work.
Filing a Discrimination Claim
There are government agencies at both the federal and state levels dedicated to investigating discrimination claims. The Division of Human Rights (DHR) in Virginia has a work-share agreement with the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) to process and investigate claims involving civil rights violations.
To avoid issues with deadlines for filing a claim, you should file a discrimination claim as soon as possible following an alleged incident. A workplace discrimination attorney in Arlington County could advise on the applicable deadlines in a particular case. Exercising the right to file a discrimination claim or refusing to partake in discriminatory practices in the workplace is never grounds for termination.
Speak with an Arlington Workplace Discrimination Attorney Today
If you endure workplace discrimination, you deserve to be compensated for this wrongdoing. To maximize your potential recovery, you should keep thorough records to demonstrate that the harm you suffered either financially or otherwise. You may be entitled to receive back pay and additional compensation.
You should not have to put up with one more day of discrimination at work. If you have reason to initiate a workplace discrimination claim, an Arlington County workplace discrimination lawyer may be able to provide you representation. Click here to use Spiggle Law Firm’s free online case assessment to see what your options may be.