When Do You Need an Employment Lawyer to Help You with Job Discrimination?

May 24th, 2022

Work is a significant part of people’s lives, and it’s important to feel respected and valued by employers. Employment discrimination occurs when an employer treats an employee or applicant less favorably, based on their race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran. We all deserve to be treated equally, and job discrimination is never acceptable.

Employment discrimination can take place during the application process, during your interview, and during your time as an employee. Here, we explore some of the laws that protect employees from job discrimination, how a lawyer can assist you, and when you should seek legal guidance.

What Laws Protect Employees from Job Discrimination?

Employees are protected by a federal agency, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or EEOC as it is commonly known and sometimes by state and local agencies, often with the words “Human Rights” or “Human Relations” in the tile of their names. You can find your state or local agency, there is one, here: https://www.usccr.gov/files/pubs/crd/stateloc/all.htm.  Numerous job discrimination laws can help ensure employees are treated fairly, including the following federal laws:

  • Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII)
  • The Pregnancy Discrimination Act
  • The Equal Pay Act of 1963 (EPA)
  • The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA)
  • Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA)
  • Sections 102 and 103 of the Civil Rights Act of 1991
  • Sections 501 and 505 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
  • The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA)

A good employment discrimination lawyer will know which of these laws applies to your individual experience.

How Can a Lawyer Help Evaluate Your Discrimination Situation?

Job discrimination and labor lawyers provide skilled legal guidance to advocate for their clients’ equal treatment in the workplace. Individual job discrimination examples include bias based on race, religion, disability, gender, and more. For example, if an employee experiences discrimination due to being deaf or stuttering, this is an example of disability discrimination. A job discrimination lawyer can help you determine:

  • If the occurrence is discriminatory, based on the law.
  • What compensation you could be eligible to receive, if discrimination can be proven.
  • What evidence you need for legal proceedings.
  • The tasks and paperwork you need to complete, and the timeline for completing them.

You Have an Advocate at Joseph, Greenwald & Laake, PA.

If you have been the victim of discrimination by your employer, the job discrimination lawyers at JGL Law are here to help you take the next steps towards compensation. Whether you are facing job discrimination in your current workplace or have suffered wrongful termination, our skilled attorneys are in your corner and ready to advocate for you. With over 50 years of experience, our team specializes in job discrimination law and is dedicated to protecting employees like you. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with one of our job discrimination lawyers. 

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