You have a right to a discrimination-free work environment. The law prohibits discrimination in the employment on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, sex, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, age, religion, disability, or status as a veteran. That means employers are prohibited from using these factors in their decisions about your employment, including hiring, firing, determining pay and benefits, scheduling work, determining work assignments, promotions, discipline, and any other term or condition of employment.
Discrimination may also take the form of verbal comments, name-calling, and harassment. For example, harassment can include racial slurs or offensive or derogatory remarks about a person’s age or disability. The harasser can be a supervisor, a co-worker, or a nonemployee, such as a client, customer, or board member.
Discrimination may also involve treating someone unfavorably because the person is married to (or associated with) a person with one of these characteristics. For example, it is unlawful to discriminate against an employee because they have a disabled child that may increase the employer’s health insurance premiums.
If you have been the victim of unlawful discrimination or harassment at work, we can represent you.