Athens Discrimination Lawyers
Employment Discrimination Attorneys in Huntsville
Facing discrimination in the workplace is a harrowing experience that robs victims of the opportunities, compensation, and respect they deserve. At Shipman & Associates, P.C., our Huntsville discrimination lawyers can represent you in a professional discrimination claim against your place of work or a potential employer.
What Constitutes Discrimination in a Work Setting?
Discrimination is defined as any treatment in which a person or entity denies the rights of another person based on their sex, gender, sexuality, race, religion, nationality, or other identifying factors.
In employment law, cases of discrimination can include instances during any part of the employee lifecycle. It can occur during the interview process, while a worker is employed, and even after an employee leaves a job.
Legal Protections Against Worker Discrimination
There are federal, state, and local statutes that provide protections against discrimination in the workplace. Many of the federal anti-discrimination laws that are in place relate specifically to the type of discrimination they are addressing.
Federal laws that protect employees from discrimination in the workplace include:
- Equal Pay Act
- Age Discrimination in Employment Act
- Americans with Disabilities Act
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 provides broad protections against discrimination for all workers. Specifically, the law states:
“It shall be an unlawful employment practice for an employer to fail or refuse to hire or to discharge any individual, or otherwise to discriminate against any individual with respect to his compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment” and “to limit, segregate, or classify his employees or applicants for employment in any way which would deprive or tend to deprive any individual of employment opportunities or otherwise adversely affect his status as an employee because of such individual’s race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.”
The Purpose of an Employment Discrimination Claim
Employment discrimination cases are civil claims. Through a claim, a plaintiff can recover compensation for the damages that result from discrimination at work.
Most of the damages caused by workplace discrimination are emotional, and non-economic. Of course, a financial award or settlement cannot truly make up for the distress of being discriminated against. However, these claims serve the purpose of holding discriminatory employers accountable for their actions and providing some solace to victims.
Although it may not seem so initially, there are some financial damages caused by discrimination as well. A worker may not get a job, not be paid as much as their coworkers, be denied promotions and other opportunities because of an employer’s prejudice.
What Should I Do if I am Facing Discrimination at Work?
As a victim of workplace discrimination, preserve all evidence you have that could be presented in a claim. Email exchanges, conversations on messaging services, texts, phone calls, official hiring documents, photographs, and anything else that exhibits discrimination should be saved.
Once you suspect that you are facing employment discrimination and believe filing a claim would be appropriate, contact Shipman & Associates, P.C. to speak with our Huntsville and Athens discrimination lawyers. We can advise you on next steps, help you build your case, and provide effective representation throughout your claim.
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At Shipman & Associates, P.C., we are dedicated to helping all employees protect their rights as workers. It is our goal to hold prejudiced employers accountable for their wrongdoings and help workers recover from the impact of discrimination.