If you were subjected to employment discrimination of any kind, you have a right to seek justice and sue for damages. Discrimination takes on several forms, and it may be difficult for you to know that you are being discriminated against the first time.
When you realize the severity of your situation, you can work with a Huntington employment discrimination lawyer from our law firm to build your case. Our team can better explain your rights and help you fight for compensation.
You may be Entitled to Compensation
Our Huntington employment discrimination lawyers help victims who have been treated unfairly in their place of employment due to their race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, disability, and other special class types.
Our legal team can help you understand the compensation you may be eligible to recover in your case. A lawsuit alleging discrimination or harassment often includes compensation for several types of damages, such as:
You may recover compensation for your emotional distress if the situation left you anxious or depressed. Harassment often makes victims feel fearful. Some also develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a result of their experience.
You may be able to recover back pay that you should have earned had the discrimination not occurred. For example, Black and Hispanic sheet metal workers who were not paid the same wages as their white counterparts due to discrimination may be entitled to receive back pay for the difference in salaries.
Back pay also includes all the bonuses, commissions, and additional perks or benefits you should have received.
As part of the lawsuit, you may ask to be placed back in your old job at the appropriate rate of pay with all the privileges you believe you earned. If the court does not believe you should be placed back in your job, you will receive something called “front pay.”
Front pay compensates you for the money you would have made in the future had you been allowed to stay with that company. This money also helps you survive while searching for a new job.
How an Employment Discrimination Lawyer Can Assist You in Building Your Case
When you retain an attorney from our firm, you are allowing them to speak on your behalf and choose the best legal course of action. You may have several options, and our team will explain which one may be right for your case. Your lawyer can speak to all the stakeholders in the case and handle the communications required to move your case forward.
If you have information to substantiate your claim, you can share that with our team during your free consultation. Our team will collect all other information needed to build a compelling case before filing your lawsuit and/or during the discovery process.
You may choose to settle your case out of court, or you can go to trial to recover as much compensation as possible. Our team can negotiate a settlement with the other party in private. If necessary, we will argue your case in court and even on appeal.
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Types of Discrimination You Can Sue For
Discrimination in the workplace varies widely, depending on the person and the situation. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) oversees government regulations regarding discrimination, as outlined under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The EEOC describes discrimination as making employment decisions based on:
- Genetic information
- National origin
In addition to these factors, employers may not discriminate in terms of compensation. Other unlawful acts include:
- Harassment in the workplace
- Sexual harassment
- Retaliation or termination after reports of discrimination
If you experienced any of these issues, you have grounds to file a lawsuit against your employer.
Discrimination by Suggestion
A common type of discrimination is discrimination by suggestion. Your case might involve discrimination by suggestion if you noticed that:
- Certain people are never hired or given opportunities that others enjoy at your workplace.
- There may be suggestions that certain people will not be hired or receive the opportunities everyone else enjoys at your workplace.
For example, a manager might hire a woman who has a boyfriend and constantly ask when she is getting married, implying that she will want to spend more time with her husband and less time at work. If that very same woman is married, the manager or business might ask her if she plans to have children, implying that she will take time off work and prioritize her child over the business.
Other suggestions might include religious holidays certain faiths observe. Employees might be told that they receive harsher discipline or performance reviews because of their national origin, or the victim might suffer from outright harassment.
Can Employees without Authority Commit Acts of Discrimination?
Discrimination and harassment in the workplace can occur when coworkers who hold no authority over the victim cross the line. For example, a coworker might make inappropriate comments to the victim every day or explain that they told management the victim was not qualified/interested/available for work because of their age, disability, etc.
Contact Our Attorneys for a Free Consultation
If you feel you have been the victim of employment discrimination, call Morelli Law Firm at (212) 751-9800 for a free consultation. You can hire a Huntington employment discrimination lawyer from our firm to help you reclaim your job, get your career back on track, or recover the compensation you may be entitled to collect.