By law, employers are not permitted to deny employment to potential employees or job-related benefits, promotions, or raises to current employees on the basis of age, race/color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, pregnancy, genetic information, or disability. If an employer chooses to break this law, they may face an employment discrimination lawsuit.
In the United States, there are several major discriminatory practices affecting our workforce. Among them, gender-based and age discrimination in employment affect a great majority of potential and current employees.
If an individual is denied employment or benefits from employment based on their gender, this falls under sex-based discrimination. Treating someone unfairly if they are connected with an organization that generally associates with people of a specific gender is also unlawful and is included in sex-based discrimination.
The United States is not the only country where sex-based discrimination is an issue. In fact, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton released a short statement in October 2010 recognizing the UN Human Rights Council for their efforts in reducing discrimination against women in business. They have been working diligently to eliminate laws that do not recognize the inherent human rights of women.
After reaching the age of 40, individuals are protected from age discrimination in employment. These laws prevent employers from treating individuals less favorably because of their age. Despite this law, the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission receives thousands of age discrimination charges every year.
If you believe you are or have been the victim of any type of discrimination in the workplace, contact our employment discrimination attorneys at DiSandro & Malloy, P.C. We have over 70 years of combined trial experience, and we want to fight for your rights as an employee. Our lawyers will thoroughly investigate the circumstances of your discrimination to develop a solid case. Employment discrimination, in all of its forms, can be very difficult to prove, but our employment discrimination lawyers are ready and willing to aggressively fight for your rights in court!
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