Palm Beach Discrimination Lawyer
Employment discrimination happens when someone is unfairly treated in a work or hiring situation because of age, race, disability, pregnancy, nationality, religion, gender, or orientation. By law, you are protected from these kinds of discrimination.
An employee facing discrimination at work may have more trouble with promotions, work assignments, termination, and compensation than other workers. If you are a target of employment discrimination, act now to protect yourself. Call and speak to an experienced Palm Beach Discrimination Lawyer at the Law Offices of Thomas J. Lavin. You may be able to receive compensation for the discrimination you’ve suffered.
What Is Discrimination In The Workplace?
Discrimination means to treat someone less fairly than another person for a particular reason. There are a number of laws in place that protect employees from discriminatory practices in the workplace. Employers are legally prohibited from making job-related decisions based solely on someone’s race, national origin, sex, religion, disability and age. Job-related decisions can include hiring, firing, promotions, demotions, pay cuts or raises and job assignments.
Discrimination can be difficult to prove without the help of an experienced Palm Beach discrimination attorney. For example, do you feel that you were not given the promotion that you applied for because of your race? How will you prove that this was the reason and not your job performance or qualifications? When you pursue legal action against your employers, you should be prepared for your employers to have a full team of lawyers ready to fight the allegations. Don’t face this alone. Contact an experienced Palm Beach discrimination lawyer to represent you and defend your rights.
Although typically thought of as two separate behaviors, harassment is actually a form of discrimination according to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Sexual harassment is defined as any unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature. Contrary to popular belief, sexual harassment does not have to be physical in nature. Repeated, offensive remarks about a person’s sex can also be considered sexual harassment.
There are two types of sexual harassment that can occur in the workplace, quid pro quo and hostile work environment. A hostile work environment is created when employees feel intimidated, threatened or offended in the workplace because of sexually harassing behaviors. Quid pro quo harassment is defined as an authoritative figure telling an employee that he or she must accept unwelcome sexual conduct in order to keep his or her job or avoid other job-related penalties. Quid pro quo only has to occur once for it to be considered harassment, but to prove a hostile work environment, you must show that there was a repeated, ongoing, harassing behavior. Both of these types of harassment are illegal. If you are facing sexual harassment, either quid pro quo or a hostile work environment, speak to an experienced Palm Beach discrimination attorney as soon as possible.
Don’t Fear Retaliation
Some employees suffer without ever taking legal action against their employers because they fear the consequences. After all, it can be hard to pursue legal action against the company that signs your paycheck and allows you to live a comfortable lifestyle. However, no one should have to work in a place where they are discriminated against. Luckily, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission protects employees from retaliation by their employers. If you have filed a job discrimination claim against your employers or testified, supported or participated someone else’s claim, you are legally protected against retaliation. An employer cannot fire you, give you a pay cut, assign you to a new position or take any other job-related adverse actions against you based solely on your involvement in the claim. If you feel that you are being retaliated against because you pursued legal action against your employer’s discriminatory behavior, you have the right to file a claim and seek compensation for their behavior.
Employees should never be scared to do the right thing when it comes to reporting discrimination taking place in the workplace. If you have any questions or concerns about whether you should pursue legal action against your employer, speak to a Palm Beach discrimination attorney as soon as possible. Our attorneys will be able to review the facts of your case and recommend what action to take to stop these discriminatory practices at work.
We Represent Victims
Every citizen has civil rights and legal privileges; violating another person’s civil rights is against the law. No one should have to endure discrimination. For 30 years, the Palm Beach Discrimination Lawyers at the Law Offices of Thomas J. Lavin have defended victims of employment discrimination as well as victims of housing discrimination and discrimination by restaurants, retailers, hotels, healthcare providers, and transportation providers. We also represent victims of discrimination by police officers and other government employees or agencies.
With a combined 60 years of legal experience, the Palm Beach Discrimination Lawyers at the Law Offices of Thomas J. Lavin have represented scores of discrimination victims, so we understand precisely how demoralizing it can be to struggle in a hostile work environment where you aren’t given even the basic respect you deserve. An experienced Palm Beach Discrimination Lawyer will aggressively defend your rights and put an end to the injustice you suffer.
We Will Fight For You
If you are – or if you become – a victim of employment discrimination or any other violation of your civil rights, please contact us immediately and schedule a free legal consultation. An experienced Palm Beach Discrimination Lawyer at the Law Offices of Thomas J. Lavin will help you receive financial compensation for lost wages, other lost benefits (such as 401K contributions), and direct damages. In some cases, punitive damages may be awarded to discourage discrimination in the future. We will even fight to have you reinstated at your job.
We never charge clients until they receive the compensation you deserve. If you are a target of employment discrimination in Palm Beach, Florida Area, call us at 561-557-4546, or complete the form on our Contact Page and take the first step toward justice today.