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Your job is your most significant asset, so if you believe your supervisor, employer or hiring officer is not treating you fairly in specific areas, you may have an employment discrimination case.
The federal government and most states have laws protecting employees from discrimination by employers, governments, individuals and organizations. These laws encompass both class discrimination and workplace discrimination and are enforced by the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and by similar state agencies.
Discriminated by class covers:
- National origin
- Sexual orientation in some states
Workplace discrimination includes:
- Health and medical benefits
- Forced retirement
- Job recruitment
- Waiving your right to sue as a condition to receive severance pay
Should I Hire an Employment Discrimination Attorney?
Absolutely, if you believe you are a victim of discrimination you need legal counsel at the earliest possible time. Generally, you have only 180 days from the act of discrimination to take legal action.
You will have to prove discrimination, which is complicated and often difficult. You will have to prove the discrimination was intentional, and the opposition is certain to have benefit of a lawyer.
What Can an Employment Discrimination Attorney Do?
Your employment discrimination lawyer will build your case with your help. He or she will listen carefully as you relate the facts of employment discrimination as you see them. Your attorney will compare what you say to the applicable law and determine if you have a case.
If you do, your attorney will ask you to provide all documents related to the discrimination, the names and addresses of anyone who witnessed the discrimination, and the names of those you believe committed the discrimination. Your attorney will conduct an investigating to develop evidence and witness testimony.
Your attorney will file your lawsuit with the court and handle all the motions and other pleadings. As your case moves forward, you attorney will try to negotiate a settlement that is satisfactory to you. If that fails, you lawyer will aggressively present your case at trial.
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