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Defending Your Right to a Workplace Free of Discrimination

An experienced workplace discrimination lawyer in Atlanta knows that the federal government — as well as state government — has laws in place making it illegal for employers to discriminate against employees such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Whether a company is a small, family-owned business or a large, international corporation, the same rules apply. At Barrett & Farahany, LLP, we have been advocating for victims of workplace discrimination for more than 15 years, and we know how stressful these situations can be for both employees and their families.

If you have been discriminated against, our team may be able to help. Call us at (404) 238-7299 to schedule a complimentary consultation with an EEOC attorney in Atlanta.

What Is Employment Discrimination?

Discrimination at work, either by a co-worker or your employer, can take many forms. There are some situations where the harassment is more outright and others that may be veiled. Many laws surrounding a person’s rights and barring people from being discriminated against stem from the civil rights movement in the sixties.

There are a number of ways that discrimination can transpire in the workplace, including:

  • Firing someone
  • Not allowing the proper training
  • Unnecessarily disciplining them
  • Not give someone a promotion they may be qualified for
  • Harassment
  • Demotion
  • Unequal or less pay

Types of Discrimination

The types of discrimination that are prohibited by federal law are:

  • Age: When an employee or job applicant is treated unfavorably because of their age. The victim must be 40 years of age or older.
  • Disability: When an employee or job applicant is treated unfavorably because they have a disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act or the Rehabilitation Act.
  • Equal Pay/Compensation: When an employee or job applicant is paid less in wages, overtime pay, bonuses, vacation and holiday pay, or other benefits because of their gender. The law states that men and women must receive equal pay for equal work.
  • Genetic Information: When an employee or job applicant is treated unfavorably because of genetic information.
  • Illegal Harassment: When an employee or job applicant is a target of unwelcome conduct that is based on a protected characteristic (race, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, pregnancy), and this conduct creates a hostile work environment or becomes a condition of the victim’s continued employment.
  • National Origin: When an employee or job applicant is treated unfavorably because they are (or appear to be) from a different country or different ethnicity.
  • Pregnancy: When an employee or job applicant is treated unfavorably because of pregnancy, childbirth, or pregnancy or childbirth-related medical condition.
  • Race/Color: When an employee or job applicant is treated unfavorably because they are of a different race or have a different color of skin.
  • Religion: When an employee or job applicant is treated unfavorably because of their religious beliefs.
  • Retaliation: When an employee or job applicant is treated unfavorably because they complained about illegal treatment or filed a lawsuit about illegal treatment.
  • Sex or Gender: When an employee or job applicant is treated unfavorably because of their sex.
  • Sexual Harassment: When an employee or job applicant is a target of unwanted sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other physical or verbal sexually harassing behaviors.

Filing a Complaint with Your Organization

If you have experienced discrimination or harassment in the workplace, your first step should always be to report it to your employer or HR department as soon as possible, in writing.

There are a number of reasons to take this vital step:

  • Give your employer the opportunity to resolve the problem. They should always take an employee complaint seriously and cannot legally retaliate against you because you complained about a protected issue.
  • You create open communication around the problem
  • You have a clear line of communication and evidence via documentation that you reported the incident. This will help prove your discrimination case should legal action be necessary.

Anti-retaliation provisions in discrimination laws make it illegal for an employer to demote you or fire you for filing a complaint. Retaliation from your employer in response to your complaint should be discussed with an exceptionally experienced discrimination lawyer.

Unfortunately, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commissions (EEOC) does not find discrimination in over 95 percent of the claims that it investigates. Consult with an EEOC attorney before you decide to abandon your claims because of what the EEOC has told you. In Georgia, you may have rights greater than what the EEOC covers.

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Our Atlanta work discrimination lawyers handle employment discrimination cases in all of Atlanta and surrounding cities – Alpharetta, Sandy Springs, Marietta, Dunwoody and more. Call us at (404) 238-7299 to begin!

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