Federal laws protect you from discrimination in your workplace based on color, race, genetic makeup, sexual orientation, and disability. Age discrimination and sexual harassment are also prohibited in all aspects of employment. If you believe your employer has harassed or discriminated against you, you must know your civil rights. An experienced law firm can organize everything you will need to prove your case.
The courts and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) won’t just take your word. Additionally, the employment law won’t allow you to file a case against your Phoenix employer in court. Instead, you will have first to file an employment discrimination complaint with the EEOC. The EEOC will then review your case and make a decision. In case they decide they won’t pursue your case, contact a lawyer.
What You Need to Prove Your Case
Before you file your employment discrimination case with the EEOC, you will need the legal services of an employment discrimination attorney. Your employment lawyer will help you investigate and get proof to support your employment discrimination case. The type of proof you will need include:
Motive or intent
You will have to prove that your employer had a motive to discriminate against you. Your employer may be motivated to discriminate against you because of your age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, or any other protected class. Proving that your employer had a motive can be as easy, especially if you hear them give a discriminatory reason for their actions. However, sometimes, your employment law attorney may have to uncover information that proves you were treated differently from other employees. This is usually the most difficult part of your case.
Your employer should not treat you differently because of your skin color, your religious needs, or your illness. Also, the Americans with Disabilities Act refrains employers from discriminating against you because of your disability. If your employer allows all other employees to go for medical leave but keeps you from going when you have to, that’s discrimination, and you need legal representation.
Apart from protecting your employee rights, federal whistleblower retaliation laws also protect you if you oppose a hostile work environment. Examples of unlawful retaliation include demotion, refusal to hire, and wrongful termination of employees.
Your employer may have a neutral policy. While this isn’t a job requirement, it can be listed as such. Federal laws make it illegal for a neutral policy to harm a protected class.
Do I Need an Employment Law Attorney?
Are you a victim of discrimination at work? Visit Phoenix law firm HKM Employment Attorneys, which has experienced discrimination attorneys to handle your legal issues. Whether your job is in Tempe, Scottsdale, or elsewhere in Maricopa County, every discrimination case is different, and the amount and type of compensation will change for every claim. Our Phoenix, Arizona, employment law offices of qualified discrimination lawyers have decades of experience in many practice areas, especially discrimination law.