Fairfax Workplace Discrimination Lawyer
Being treated unfairly in the workplace can have a devastating impact on your career and your ability to care for yourself and your family. If you believe you were discriminated against at work, an experienced Fairfax workplace discrimination lawyer could advise you about your rights and help you pursue any claims that you may have.
In Fairfax County, it is against the law to discriminate against a person in the workplace because of their gender, race, age, religion and other factors. Harm from discrimination comes in the form of termination, denied promotions, unequal pay or benefits, workplace harassment, or other adverse actions. A Fairfax employment lawyer can help you if you believe you have experienced unlawful discrimination in the workplace.
Laws Against Discrimination
The Virginia Human Rights Act establishes that it is illegal for an employer to discriminate because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, marital status, or disability.
Federal laws also prohibit many types of workplace discrimination. Some of these laws (and the types of discrimination they prohibit) include:
- Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (sex, sexual harassment, race, color, religion and national origin)
- The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age)
- The Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 (disability)
- The Equal Pay Act of 1963 (gender discrimination in pay)
- The Pregnancy Discrimination Act (pregnancy)
Many of these laws also make it illegal for an employer to retaliate against whistleblowers who raise concerns about workplace discrimination.
Filing a Discrimination Claim in Fairfax County
Under some of these laws, an aggrieved employee must first bring a claim before a government agency before taking their case to court. In many situation,s this would be the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and in other situation,s this would be the Virginia Council on Human Rights (VCHR).
There are also strict deadlines that can limit the amount of time you have to bring their claims. Our Fairfax workplace discrimination lawyers could help ensure you do not miss any important filing deadlines in your case.
If you are harmed by workplace discrimination, you may be able to recover damages for your losses. These vary depending on the applicable law, but can include back pay, lost benefits, pain and suffering, attorneys’ fees, and punitive damages. A knowledgeable workplace discrimination lawyer can advise you about what laws may apply to your situation and what damages may be available to make you whole.
How a Fairfax Workplace Discrimination Lawyer Can Help
Fighting against unfair treatment in the workplace can be an uphill battle. If you face discrimination at work in the form of a lost job, lower pay, discriminatory harassment, or any other unfair treatment, skilled attorneys are available at the Spiggle Law Firm to advise you on possible claims.
Many discrimination cases must be brought before a government agency, and some may even reach a federal or state court. In other situations, a discrimination lawyer could help address your situation through private negotiation or mediation. Regardless of the details of your specific case, an experienced Fairfax workplace discrimination lawyer could work diligently to help you pursue compensation.
To learn how we could help you, contact our office today.