Dealing with Discrimination at Work
It is against the law to make an employment decision, such as payroll, hiring, firing, promoting or demoting, based on the following protected factors:
- National Origin
- Gender or Gender Identity
- Sexual Orientation
- Pregnancy or Parental Status
- Other Protected Classes
If you are being discriminated against at work because of one of the reasons above, you may be entitled to compensation under federal and state laws, for back pay, future lost earnings, emotional distress, pain and suffering, liquidated damages, compensatory damages, punitive damages and attorneys’ fees/costs.
What’s more, if your workplace unfairly discriminates against a group of employees for any of those reasons above, singling out employees because of one or more of those factors, that isn’t job related or necessary to the operation of the business, it also may be contributing to a hostile work environment and may be violating your civil rights.
Groundbreaking civil rights laws were passed back in the 1960s by Congress that make it illegal to discriminate at the workplace based on race, sex/gender, age, disability, etc., and in 2020 the U.S. Supreme Court extended those protections to make discrimination based on sexual orientation illegal. Sadly discrimination still continues to this day at many workplaces.
If you feel discriminated against or have received unfair or unequal treatment because of your race, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, religion, disability or another protected class, you must make your boss, administrator or your human resources department aware of your situation. This can be done either formally with a report or through a conversation but be sure to document when you discussed the situation and with whom. Your company may not be aware of the situation and won’t take action unless you let them know what’s going on.
If you’ve already reported the discrimination but you don’t feel like your company is addressing the situation or if you were unfairly treated or retaliated against after making your complaint, be sure to contact a qualified Employment Law attorney for assistance.
RTRLAW’s experienced Employment Law attorneys can advise and assist you with your discrimination case and help you get the compensation you deserve. We believe in justice for all – and that means all employees! We will fight for your rights and make sure your company is held accountable for the discrimination that occurred.
At RTRLAW, you can meet with one of our dedicated attorneys confidentially over the phone or by video conference or you can schedule a no-obligation case review at one of our offices throughout Florida, including Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Tampa, Kissimmee, Lake Worth, Miami or Jacksonville. For more information, please contact us today or call or text us toll free at 833-HIRE-RTR.