Federal law makes it illegal to discriminate against an employee or a job applicant in any way. This includes discrimination in hiring, firing, layoffs, terms of employment, ability to advance, or any work privilege based on protected classifications such as race, color, national origin, gender, pregnancy, religion, age, or on the basis of an actual or perceived disability.
Some state and local laws, as well as collective bargaining agreements or employment contracts, expand upon these protections to include discrimination based on sexual orientation or other factors.
Employment discrimination may be very obvious, as in the case of overt sexual harassment, or quite subtle, such as a bias against a particular group that manifests itself over time.
If you believe you have been treated unfairly because of your protected status, we can help you to remedy that injustice. This may include filing a complaint with the employer, taking the matter to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and/or filing a lawsuit to recover damages.