Losing a job for reasons that contradict company policy while violating Federal law creates a scenario allowing the former employee to fight for reinstatement. Unfortunately, the personal, professional, and financial difficulties caused by a sudden termination sometimes lead to a situation where the affected party does not pursue a wrongful termination case. This is especially true if the work life of the former employee was made difficult because of various forms of harassment. Understanding the connection between discrimination and wrongful termination can encourage a person who has been the victim of both issues to fight to restore their professional reputation.
Not every employee expects to become friends with every co-worker or supervisor. Each employee does expect to receive equal treatment from employers that is not influenced by race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, or disability status. Many actions can create a grey area that negatively impacts employees while leaving an employer vulnerable to accusations. Actions such as warning some employees of upcoming performance reviews, possible layoffs, and other things that could affect their job status while not providing other employees with the same information could be perceived as favoritism and discrimination.
The Impact of Discriminatory Treatment
An employee who feels that he or she is not receiving equal treatment from an employer can be impacted in several ways His or her job performance may suffer from not being provided with the same training, feedback, or assistance as other employees. The stress of the situation caused by verbal or physical harassment may impact their health leading to frequent absences. Employers are also placed in jeopardy since discrimination leaves them vulnerable to complaints or lawsuits. When improper documentation of complaints has occurred, a company can find themselves blindsided by evidence of discrimination or harassment.
Connection with Termination
Discriminatory actions affect a person’s ability to complete his or her job duties and open them up to more criticism from supervisors in the form of write ups or other disciplinary actions. Eventually the employer may decide to terminate the employee creating a situation where an employee has lost his or her job because of harassment or a failure to comply with certain Acts that protect employees who miss work for pregnancy or other family and medical reasons. If the employee pursues a wrongful termination claim, the history of discrimination or refusal to adhere to Federal laws that protect a job may make the termination appear retaliatory or wrongful.
Contacting an Attorney
Not every situation is the same, and if you believe that you have been the victim of discrimination that led to wrongful termination, an employment discrimination attorney can help. A qualified attorney can review your unique experience and give advice on how to proceed. The attorneys at HKM are prepared to represent you during each stage of your claim. We understand how detrimental wrongful termination can be to you, your family, and your career. If you believe that you have been the victim of discrimination and wrongful termination, contact us today at our conveniently located Denver, Colorado office. Our attorneys are prepared to discuss your case and answer any questions that you may have.