Employment Lawyer Towson, MD
If you believe that you’re experiencing discrimination and/or harassment in the workplace, it’s important to speak with an experienced employment lawyer Towson, MD residents trust before you make any assumptions about your legal situation. Too often, workers assume that they have no power in scenarios involving discrimination and/or harassment. In truth, both federal and state law protect individuals from unlawful discriminatory practices in hiring, employment, and termination. With that said, every case is different and this area of law is particularly complex. As a result, it’s important to avoid making any assumptions about your legal options before you’ve discussed your situation in detail with an experienced Towson, MD employment lawyer.
Unlawful Discrimination and Harassment in the Workplace
Title VII of The Civil Rights Act of 1964 is perhaps the most well-known anti-discrimination law in U.S. history. This legislation made it illegal to discriminate in matters of education, public accommodation, and employment on the basis of color, national origin, race, religion, and sex. Since this law was passed, subsequent federal legislation has outlawed employment discrimination on the basis of age, disability, ethnicity, and genetic information. Numerous states have expanded employment discrimination protections to safeguard against mistreatment of applicants and workers on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, and other classifications. It’s important to note that discrimination laws that guard against sex discrimination and disability discrimination also protect workers from sexual harassment, pregnancy discrimination, and breastfeeding-related discrimination.
It is also unlawful to retaliate against a worker for discriminatory reasons and for engaging in a legally protected activity. For example, if an employee files a discrimination-related complaint with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, it is illegal to retaliate against that worker for participating in an investigation related to that complaint. Similarly, it is unlawful to discriminate against a worker who has requested and/or taken a legally-protected leave of absence related to illness, injury, disability, the birth, adoption, or new foster placement of a child, etc.
It is worth noting however, that some workers are not protected from certain discriminatory practices. For example, some laws only pertain to employers of a specific size. This is one of the many reasons why it’s important to speak with an attorney before making any assumptions about the potential viability of a legal claim against your employer.
Legal Assistance Is Available
If you believe that you may have been discriminated against while at work, do not hesitate to schedule a consultation with the experienced Maryland legal team at Seigel & Rouhana, LLC today. Consultations are confidential, so you need not fear retaliation from your employer for exploring your legal options. Similarly, consultations are risk-free. You will neither be obligated to pursue legal action nor work with our firm in the future simply by meeting with us to tell your story and have your questions answered. You have nothing to lose and potentially much to gain by connecting with an experienced Towson, MD employment lawyer, so please call today; we look forward to speaking with you.