Discrimination can occur in many different forms and in a wide range of settings. For many workers, it can be difficult to know if you have actually been discriminated against. In recent weeks we have seen workplace discrimination – particularly in the form of sexual harassment – come into the spotlight. Allegations against well-known Hollywood icons and TV hosts (the latest being Matt Lauer) have shocked our country and brought this type of discrimination to the forefront.
When you accept a position at an organization, you expect to be working in a safe environment in which you are respected. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Unlawful workplace discrimination takes place when an employer takes negative action or behaves inappropriately towards someone who is an employee or prospective employee. Some of the most common types of workplace discrimination include:
- Sexual orientation
- Physical or mental disability
- Marital status
- Political opinion
- National origin
There are numerous federal laws in place designed to protect you from discrimination in the workplace. Each law outlines how it is illegal to discriminate against an employee based on any of the above attributes, or for any other reason. It is important to keep in mind that not all types of discrimination are protected by federal law. This is where an experienced workplace discrimination attorney will come in handy. Attorney Janovsky at Janovsky & Associates not only knows the federal and state discrimination laws inside and out, but will also be able to advise you on how to proceed, should you find yourself a victim of workplace discrimination.
Any workplace discrimination case requires proving the victim suffered “adverse employment action” because of race, sex, age, color, sexual orientation, pregnancy, disability, religion, or political opinion. There are numerous different discriminatory behaviors that may result in workplace discrimination, including:
- Refusal to hire
- Unequal wages
- Unexplained discipline
- Promotion discrimination
- Failure to train
- Retaliation for reporting workplace discrimination
- Sexual harassment
- Sexual favors
If you have ever experienced any of the above, please contact Janovsky & Associates today. Workplace discrimination is a serious crime that should not be taken lightly. It is imperative you contact an employment lawyer immediately following any inappropriate or unwanted behavior in the workplace, as there are strict deadlines set in place by federal and state laws in regards to pressing charges. If you have been harassed or discriminated against by your employer, Attorney Janovsky will help you file a claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or the Texas Workforce Commission – Civil Rights Division (TWC-CRD). She takes these cases very seriously and is prepared to help you seek retribution for any damages you’ve incurred. Please contact Janovsky & Associates today and schedule a free consultation with Attorney Janovsky.