Maryland Workplace Discrimination Lawyer
Laws cannot address every unfair practice in the workplace, but they do provide protection against illegal discrimination. Besides the provisions of federal law, Maryland has enacted its own legislation to provide additional protection against discrimination in the workplace. However, it is not always easy to determine whether an employer is engaging in illegal discrimination, and the process of proving such discrimination can be even more challenging.
A Maryland workplace discrimination lawyer who has experience with workplace discrimination cases could evaluate your particular circumstances and determine the best options for addressing violations of the law. If you are facing discrimination in your workplace, you may be entitled to recover compensation to make up for your maltreatment with the help of an employment lawyer.
Laws Protecting Against Discrimination
Congress has passed several pieces of federal legislation to prevent discrimination in the workplace and provide redress when it occurs. Anti-discrimination protections were first set forth decisively at the federal level in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and then supplemented with legislation such as the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act.
In addition, Maryland legislators have added extra protections through the Maryland Fair Employment Practices Act.
Taken together, these laws make it illegal for employers to treat a class of employees differently based on certain characteristics. These characteristics include:
- Sexual orientation
- National origin
- Disability (mental or physical)
- Marital status
- Genetic information
These laws also protect employees who object to discriminatory practices or support others who do so and prohibit employers from retaliating against employees who assert their rights. If an employer takes unlawful retaliatory action, then legal remedies may apply with the help of a Maryland workplace discrimination attorney.
Types of Actions That May Constitute Illegal Workplace Discrimination
Some employees may feel that they are working in a hostile environment or experiencing the effects of discrimination, but do not think they have a claim because they have not been fired. While wrongful termination is a common manifestation of illegal workplace discrimination, there are many other actions that can constitute illegal discrimination as well.
For instance, an employer passing overqualified candidates for promotion because they belong to a particular ethnic group qualifies as discrimination. In the same vein, if a job candidate is refused a position because of advanced age, that failure to hire can be considered illegal discrimination.
Other actions that can constitute discrimination include unfairly demoting an employee, issuing an unfair review, or taking disciplinary action against employees based on their race, religion, sex or other protected characteristic.
Filing a Claim
Employees who are subjected to illegal discrimination in the workplace may file a claim with either the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or the Maryland Commission for Human
Rights. In either case, the time for filing a complaint is limited, so assistance from a workplace discrimination lawyer in Maryland may be warranted to ensure compliance with all relevant deadlines.
Get Assistance from a Maryland Workplace Discrimination Lawyer
In situations where employees feel they have suffered from discrimination, a variety of remedies may be available, including job reinstatement and a monetary award to compensate for wages denied due to a denial of job prospects, denial of promotion, or wrongful termination.
Our attorneys at the Spiggle Law Firm have experience in employment discrimination law and could help you determine whether the best approach in a particular circumstance would be to negotiate directly with your employer, file a claim with one of the relevant agencies, or take action in court.
If you have faced discrimination on the job, you owe it to yourself to talk to a Maryland workplace discrimination lawyer to find out whether you might be entitled to compensation or other legal remedies. Call now to schedule a consultation.