Federal law prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of race, gender, national origin, citizenship, religion, disability, age (for workers who are 40 years old and above), or pregnancy. Employers are also prohibited from retaliating against employees who pursue their rights by filing claims or complaints related to discrimination or by taking advantage of benefits available under the Family and Medical Leave Act.
Sexual harassment is considered a form of gender discrimination, prohibited by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. The act protects men, as well as women. It prohibits sexual harassment by employers and supervisors as well as co–workers, and in some cases reaches even the conduct of non–employees. While people are more aware today of the problem of sexual harassment, and employers more often try to combat it, no workplace is immune to discrimination.
Unfortunately, workers who have experienced discrimination have many obstacles to overcome. Small businesses with less than 15 employees are exempt from most federal anti–discrimination laws. Moreover, employers are allowed to implement rules that adversely affect some categories of people, as long as those rules were imposed for valid business reasons. In addition, while employers are required to try to accommodate their employees’ religious practices or to make reasonable accommodations for employees with disabilities, it is often unclear how far the employer must go in making such accommodations. Thus, even in situations where the federal antidiscrimination laws do apply, employment discrimination may be difficult to prove.
If you have been harmed by some employment–related decisions made by your supervisors or employer, and you believe that those decisions were based on illegal discrimination, rather than on valid business reasons, you should consult an attorney with experience in the area of employment discrimination claims.
The Claxton Law Group is located in Decatur, Georgia, and represents clients throughout DeKalb County. If you suspect that you have been the victim of discrimination in the workplace, please contact the Claxton Law Group right away. We will be glad to help you understand the process and deadlines for filing claims, and help build the strongest case possible on your behalf. We know full well that while proving discrimination can be difficult, many people are still harmed by discriminatory practices every day. We are dedicated to helping right those wrongs.
In each employment discrimination case, our initial phone consultation is FREE. You would lose nothing by calling us today; instead, you will gain important information and an honest evaluation of your case, based on our attorneys’ in–depth understanding of applicable laws and experience in handling similar cases.