Philadelphia Area Employment Attorneys
Unfair Treatment at Work? You May Have a Claim for Employment Discrimination
If you have been treated unfairly at work, denied a promotion, suspended, or fired because of any of the factors in the sidebar, you may have a claim for employment discrimination.
There are also other laws which protect your rights as a worker, such as the Family and Medical Leave Act which allows up to 12 weeks of unpaid time off from work for certain workers under certain circumstances.
You’re also protected by the Pennsylvania Wage Payment and Collection Law which regulates how and when an employer must pay employees. Employers frequently fail to understand their responsibility under these laws and fail to follow them properly.
It is also unlawful for your employer to take action against you for making a good faith complaint about any of the categories below or speaking on behalf of a co-worker who was discriminated against for any of those reasons.
Firing or disciplining an employee for complaining about unlawful discrimination is called “retaliation” and is prohibited by law. However, the complaint must specifically mention the legal factor (i.e., race, religion, etc.). If you merely complain that something was “unfair” without specifically stating it was due to one of those legal factors, then you will not have a claim for retaliation.
Were you fired for any of these factors?
- Race/Color/National Origin
- Age (if over 40)
- Disability, perceived disability, or record of having been disabled (as long as you are still able to do your job with reasonable accommodations)
- Sexual Orientation