Skilled Lawyer Presses For Equal Treatment By Combattng Workplace Discrimination
Various stated, federal and local laws make it unlawful to subject an employee to “discrimination.” As used under these laws, discrimination occurs an employer bases an employment action (such as hiring, promotion, termination, compensation or other terms of employment on one or more of the following traits:
- Sex / Gender
- National Origin
- Physical or mental disability
- Sexual Orientation
If an employer based a negative employment action on any of these protected traits, they may have violated the law. Negative employment actions include failure to hire, termination, demotion, and undesirable job assignment.
If you have been subjected to workplace discrimination, you may be entitled to recover damages:
Back pay — This includes economic losses such as wages, salary, and other fringe benefits that you would have received had you not been subjected to an unlawful employment action.
Compensatory damages — In some cases, you may be entitled to recover damages for noneconomic losses such as mental anguish, emotional distress and humiliation.
Punitive damages — Punitive damages may be recoverable. The purpose of punitive damages is to punish people for conduct that is intentional, malicious or conducted with reckless indifference to towards another.
A complaint to your employer about discrimination is considered “protected activity.” An employer is not allowed to take any negative action against an employee because he or she engaged in protected activity by making a complaint of discrimination. Any negative action taken because of a report of discrimination is considered retaliation and is against the law.
Contact An Experienced Pennsylvania Employment Attorney For Your Sexual Harassment Claim
If you have been the victim of workplace discrimination, the Law Office of Jonathan W. Chase will assert your rights under the law to seek all available remedies. Call my Philadelphia office at 215-967-1544 or contact me to schedule a free consultation.