Montgomery County Workplace Discrimination Lawyer
If you are experiencing unfair treatment at work that you believe may be discriminatory, do not hesitate to contact a Montgomery County workplace discrimination lawyer. Discrimination in the workplace can be blatant or subtle, and it often goes unnoticed because it happens throughout a series of small raises or promotions.
Whether you suffered an obvious, egregious violation of your rights or have noticed a sequence of events that you believe amount to discrimination, we want to help. The knowledgeable legal team at the Spiggle Law Firm has represented employees engaged in a wide variety of trades and business, and we could tailor our approach to best meet your needs in your situation.
Protected Characteristics Under Discrimination Law
Both state and federal government agencies could investigate allegations of discrimination in the workplace. Montgomery County employees may file formal claims with the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights (MCCR) or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) for discrimination based on the following characteristics:
- Race, color, and/or national origin
- Sex and/or gender
- Genetic Information
Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA)
The ADEA specifically prohibits discrimination against workers who are 40 or older, as employers often have generalized perceptions that younger workers will work longer hours and have more knowledge of modern technology. Under the ADEA, employers cannot use non-justifiable age-related criteria when making promotions or hiring decisions.
Benefits made available to older workers should also largely be the same as those offered to younger workers. Gearing job advertisements deliberately toward younger classes of workers may also be prohibited under the ADEA.
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
Under the ADA, people with physical or mental disabilities may not be discriminated against or denied reasonable accommodations in the workplace. Reasonable accommodations are those that would not pose undue hardship to an employer, such as making a work station more accessible or making reasonable schedule modifications. The protections under the ADA extend to employees who have a current disability as well as those who previously had one.
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act (Title VII)
If you are a member of a protected class under Title VII and are qualified and able to satisfactorily perform your job duties, you may not be discriminated against in the workplace.
Discrimination due to race, religion, or sex are common violations of Title VII. Like other forms of illegal discrimination, discrimination based on these characteristics is prohibited in all aspects of employment, including hiring, promotions, benefits, and termination.
State Anti-Discrimination Law
Employees in Montgomery County have additional protections similar to those guaranteed in Title VII under Code of Maryland §20-602. This statute ensures equal opportunity in employment for employees in the state of Maryland regardless of their race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or genetic information.
Maryland employers with more than 15 employees are generally bound by both federal and state discrimination statues.
Contact a Montgomery County Workplace Discrimination Attorney Today
A Montgomery County workplace discrimination lawyer could work to hold an employer who discriminates against you responsible for their actions. Whether you are in the initial stages of filing a discrimination claim with the EEOC or thinking about pursuing your matter further in court, the Spiggle Law Firm may be able to help. Click here for a free online case review from one of our dedicated attorneys.