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Unfair Practices in the Workplace?

In All, Article, Employment Law by Derek

Are You the Victim of Unfair Practices in the Workplace?

Given the fact that many people spend more time at work in the company of their coworkers than at home with friends or family members*, it’s imperative that employees know their rights in terms of workplace violations, discrimination and wrongful termination. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) provides guidelines on the various types of discrimination prohibited by law, including age, race, religion, disability and harassment. According to the EEOC, it is illegal to discriminate in every aspect of employment, from job advertisements and recruitment through the hiring process, job assignments and promotions, pay and benefits, and discipline and discharge.

In some cases, harassment may extend beyond the workplace or be committed by someone who is not an employee of the employer, such as a client or customer. Forcing an employee to resign by making the work environment intolerable may also be considered discriminatory. If you think you are the victim of workplace discrimination or wrongful termination, here are some steps you should take:

  • Review the EEOC guidelines for employees and job applicants to assess whether you have been discriminated against
  • File a charge of discrimination with the EEOC
  • Contact an attorney who specializes in employment law like our team at Russell & Associates to discuss whether you should file a lawsuit against your employer

To speak to an attorney about potentially filing a lawsuit against your employer, contact us today.

*Employed persons age 25-54 with children spend 8.7 hours working per day according to the American Time Use Survey as reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics