Unfair Treatment at Work? You May Have a Claim for Employment Discrimination
If you have been mistreated at work, denied a promotion, suspended, or fired due to race, sex, religious beliefs, age, sexual orientation, or a disability, you may have a claim for employment discrimination. At Silver & Silver, our experienced team of wrongful termination attorneys is dedicated to helping our clients in Philadelphia, Delaware County, and Montgomery County see the justice and compensation they deserve when it comes to employment discrimination.
There are currently many laws in place in Montgomery County, Delaware County, and Philadelphia, PA that 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, and because of this, you need a skilled employment attorney to bring light to their failure to follow the law.
What’s more, it’s also unlawful for your employer to take action against you for making a good faith complaint in regards to your race, gender, age, or religious beliefs, or speaking on behalf of a co-worker who was discriminated against for any of those reasons as well.
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 explicitly stating it was due to one of those legal factors, then you will not have a claim for retaliation. The wrongful termination and employment attorneys at Silver & Silver want to hear your case and pursue your claim, today.
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If you are discriminated or retaliated against by your employer, you first must file a formal complaint of discrimination with the appropriate government agency. Please be aware that you must file within 180 days for state law claims and within 300 days for claims under federal law after the wrongful act has occurred.
If you fail to make a charge of discrimination within this time frame, you can lose your right to pursue a claim. The wording of the government discrimination complaint must include all of the legal reasons that support your case. If one is left out, you will lose your right to pursue that portion of your case. Our Philadelphia, PA employment attorneys at Silver & Silver can handle all of the paperwork that goes into filing a formal complaint of discrimination to ensure you do not miss any deadlines.
Unlike most kinds of cases, a plaintiff in an employment case must not only prove what happened, but why it happened. This means the employee that was discriminated against must relay to the court why the decision to fire them was made, and what the employer was thinking when they did. The best way to prove a violation of the law is to explain how the employer treated you differently than other similar employees who were not of the same race, sex, religion, age, or disability status.
Employers will rarely admit they fired a person because of their race, sex, or other prohibited factors, but the way they speak to an employee can be used as evidence of discrimination. For example, an employer who makes racist, sexist, or crude comments at work or makes generalizations about what older or disabled employees can or cannot do, instead of looking at the employee fairly as an individual, can be evidence of discrimination.
In addition to employment discrimination matters, Silver & Silver can also assist you if you believe you have been unfairly denied unemployment compensation after you have lost your job.
If you believe that you have been fired or treated unfairly at work due to your race, age, sex, religion, pregnancy, sexual orientation, or disability, please call our Delaware County, Montgomery County, and Philadelphia, PA, employment attorneys today for a free consultation at 484-653-5804.