DC Workplace Discrimination Lawyer
Despite the numerous laws enacted by the federal government to protect the rights of employees, workplace discrimination is unfortunately still a common occurrence in Washington, DC. Often, employees suffer from discrimination or harassment while unaware that they were subjected to illegal conduct and have a right to seek legal remedies.
Discrimination can take many forms, but it can be difficult to prove in certain situations. A seasoned DC workplace discrimination lawyer could help you combat the effects of employment discrimination, pursue any compensation to which you may be entitled, and work to right the wrongs you have experienced so that others may be spared grief in the future. For assistance, call and schedule a consultation with one of our DC employment lawyers today.
What Types of Acts Qualify as Discrimination?
In many instances, employers discriminate illegally by terminating the employment of employees, either because those employees attempted to “blow the whistle” on wrongdoing or based on certain protected characteristics. However, wrongful termination is not the only way discrimination can manifest itself in the workplace.
If an employer suspends, demotes, or denies promotion to an employee based on protected characteristics, then those actions also constitute unlawful discrimination. Employers may even be held liable for failing to hire qualified candidates if the decision was based on discriminatory factors.
Usually, an employee will not have direct evidence that an employer’s action had discriminatory motives. That being said, employees can usually argue the case for discrimination based on a comparison with employees who are in a similar situation but received more favorable treatment.
How Employees Are Protected by the Law in DC
The employment law employees in Washington, DC may be most familiar with is Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This statute prohibits employers from discriminating on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, or national origin. It also makes it illegal to discriminate against employees who file, or support others in filing, claims regarding equal employment opportunities.
More recent legislation protects employees from discrimination based on additional factors. For instance, the Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of physical or mental disabilities, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act prohibits discrimination against those over age 40, and other laws protect against discrimination based on genetic factors, pregnancy, sexual orientation, and marital status.
Taking Action Against Discrimination
Just as every employee is different, every case of employment discrimination may warrant different types of action for a DC workplace discrimination lawyer. The size of the employer and the individual circumstances of the case, as well as whether the employee works for a government entity, business or nonprofit organization, can all play a part in determining the optimal solution to pursue.
In some cases, private negotiation is the best way to produce a favorable response, while in other situations it may be more effective to file an administrative action. Alternatively, it may be necessary to take action in a DC or federal court. Regardless of the specific method, the time to file a claim is often limited, so it is wise to investigate options as early as possible.
Work with a DC Workplace Discrimination Attorney Today
If you believe that you face illegal discrimination in the workplace, you could talk to an experienced DC workplace discrimination lawyer to learn about your legal rights and how to protect yourself based on your particular situation. Depending on your situation, you may be entitled to recover back wages or other legal remedies.
Call the Spiggle Law firm now to find out how we could help.