What are my rights?
Employees and prospective employees have the right to be free from discrimination in their employment on the basis of their race, color, national origin, religion, gender, disability, and age. The right to be free from discrimination means that an employer cannot discriminate against an employee or prospective employee in hiring, firing, transfers, promotions, layoffs/recalls, discipline, training, benefits, work environment, or any other aspect that causes damage to an employee.
retaliation in employment
Retaliation is also prohibited. Employees are also guaranteed the right to complain about discrimination that is occurring and/or participate in the investigations of their co-workers who are facing discrimination without fear of retribution. Retaliation against an individual who has complained or discrimination or participated in the discrimination complaint/investigation of another employee is prohibited by law. Even retaliation that occurs after an employee has been discharged may be actionable.
Employers are required to made reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities. Disability is broadly defined to include individuals who:
- Have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities (i.e., sleeping, thinking, concentrating, breathing, etc.)
- Have a record of having such an impairment
- Are regarded as having an impairment, even if they have no disability
Harassment in employment is illegal on the basis of their race, color, national origin, religion, gender, disability, and age. Harassment is subjective. If you believe you have been harassed, please contact our attorneys to discuss your situation.
Employment rights don’t end at your right to be free from discrimination, retaliation, and harassment. Contact our lawyers to pursue your various rights in employment from wrongful discharge claims and whistleblower claims to various claims for unpaid wages and overtime due to you under the Fair Labor Standards Act to claims for workers compensation and unemployment.