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Employment Discrimination

Whether you are an employer or an employee, it is important for you to know about workplace rights, and in particular, the right to work in an environment free from unlawful discrimination. As an EEOC Employee Attorney, I am in the business of protecting the right to be free from unlawful discrimination that arises under various employment laws.

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Under federal and/or state and/or local laws, an employer cannot base employment decisions on specific personal characteristics that are not job-related. Personal characteristics, also known as protected classes, include: age, race, color (federal and some local laws), sex, pregnancy, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry (some local laws), disability, marital status (state and some local laws), sexual orientation (state and some local laws), gender identity (state and some local laws), political ideology (local laws only), and honorably discharged veteran and military status (state only). If you feel that you have been the victim of any of the above, seek an attorney immediately.

Common categories of illegal discrimination are:

  • Failure to Hire or Promote because of the protected class;
  • Wrongful Discharge from Employment;
  • Wrongful Disciplinary Action such as reprimand, suspension and demotion because of the employee’s protected class;
  • Unequal/ Unfair Treatment because of the employee’s protected class as compared to coworkers, such as denied benefits, different schedules, denied training opportunities, denied salary increases or bonuses, etc.;
  • Unfair Religious Treatment or refusal to make an accommodation for a religious practice;
  • Failure to accommodate a qualified disability;
  • Harassment such as sexual harassment, racial harassment, etc.;
  • Creation of a Hostile Work Environment.

Many people know about employment discrimination or EEO (Equal Employment Opportunity) Laws, but they often do not know which laws require more protection for the employee. By way of example, the Washington State Law Against discrimination requires reasonable accommodation for disabilities that is far more expansively defined than the federal Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended (aka ADA).

As an EEOC Employee Attorney, I represent employees and employers in all types of employment related discrimination lawsuits and claims before state and federal courts and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

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