Employees have important legal rights. Prominent among them is the right to be free from illegal discrimination in the workplace. State and federal laws protect employees from discrimination on the basis of certain grounds, including:
- Race, national origin and ethnicity
- Marital status
If you encounter discrimination on the basis of one of these grounds at any stage of the employment process — from hiring to promotion to termination — you may have a legal claim.
Nationwide Employee Rights Representation and Advocacy
At the Karmel Law Firm in Chicago and near Grand Rapids, Michigan, our practice is dedicated exclusively to employment and labor law. We have passionately defended workers’ rights for more than five decades. Our lawyers can analyze your options and help you tackle legal challenges.
You do not have to endure employment discrimination. Contact us to arrange a free consultation and learn more about your rights.
What Is Employment Discrimination?
Discrimination refers to unfair treatment on the basis of legally protected grounds in any aspect of employment, including hiring, working conditions, promotions, pay raises, benefits and termination. In addition to blatant unfair conduct, it also includes situations where persistent harassment, unwanted comments, jokes and derogatory treatment create a hostile work environment. Sexual harassment is an example of discriminatory conduct.
Disability Discrimination And Reasonable Accommodations
People with disabilities are entitled to reasonable accommodations to help them do their jobs. Disputes often arise over the definition of “reasonable.” Employers can be reluctant to make accommodations or may even refuse to do so. If you find yourself in such a situation, our attorneys can help you navigate the complex legal issues under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Wrongful Termination And Retaliation
Wrongful termination refers to firing, layoffs or termination based on discriminatory reasons. Similarly, your employer cannot demote or fire you because you reported discrimination in the workplace. If you are facing wrongful termination or retaliation, it is critical to speak with an employment attorney as soon as possible.
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Nobody should have to endure employment discrimination — whether that takes the form of wrongful discrimination, race or age discrimination, sexual harassment or a hostile work environment. To discuss your situation with our experienced advocates, call 800-459-6264. Based in Chicago, Illinois, we maintain an office in Douglas, Michigan, and we serve employees nationwide.