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Discrimination Lawyer Near Me

In an ideal world, everyone in the workplace would be treated fairly. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. Employers often discriminate for illegal and unfair reasons, making it difficult for employees to focus on work duties and be productive.

When discrimination has reached its peak in the workplace, it is time to take action. You are protected against discrimination under federal law, so you can legally sue your employer for your damages.

If you believe you are a victim of discrimination, contact a discrimination lawyer near you as soon as possible to get the legal help you need. Marshall Forman & Schlein can help you understand the local, state, and federal laws involved and advise you of your legal options.

Types of Discrimination

Common types of employment discrimination include:

  • Race. Race discrimination involves treating an employee unfavorably because they are of a certain race. This may include using racial slurs, making inappropriate jokes, or displaying racially offensive symbols. 
  • Religion. The law prohibits discrimination based on a person’s beliefs related to traditional organized religions. Those who have lesser-known but sincerely held religious, moral, or ethical beliefs are also protected. In addition, employers are required to make reasonable accommodations for an employee’s religious practices unless it would be an undue hardship.
  • Sex. Sex discrimination involves unfair treatment to an employee due to their gender or gender identity. This often takes on the form of sexual harassment, such as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and verbal or physical harassment that is sexual in nature.
  • Disability. A person cannot face discrimination due to a disability. A disabled person is defined as someone who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits at least one major life activity (such as walking, seeing, or hearing), someone who is believed to have a physical or mental impairment, or someone who has a history of impairment. Federal law requires that employers provide disabled employees with reasonable accommodations for their disabilities. 
  • Pregnancy. A woman cannot be discriminated against for being pregnant. This means she cannot be fired or refused a job due to pregnancy. She cannot be required to take leave or be denied equal pay or benefits. 

How the Law Protects You

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) protects you against:

  • Discrimination or other unfair treatment due to protected classes such as your race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, pregnancy status, age, or disability.
  • Harassment by co-workers, clients, or managers, or co-workers due to the above factors.
  • Denial of reasonable accommodations for a disability or religious beliefs.
  • Improper questions or requests for disclosure of your medical information.
  • Retaliation for engaging in a legal activity, such as an investigation or lawsuit against the company for inappropriate behavior.

Contact a Discrimination Lawyer Near You

When employers discriminate, they treat workers unfairly. This can cause employees to feel anger, frustration, and resentment toward the workplace. Morale and productivity may decline. 

The Ohio discrimination lawyers at Marshall Forman & Schlein can assist you. Let us assess your case and determine the next steps. Schedule a consultation today by filling out the online form or calling (614) 463-9790.

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