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Workplace Discrimination

Workplace Discrimination

Columbus Workplace Discrimination Attorneys

Unlawful discrimination refers to unfair or unequal treatment based on certain characteristics. Both state and federal laws prohibit employers from discriminating against employees based on protected traits, including race, color, sex, age, disability, pregnancy, and national origin.

If you were recently terminated, denied a promotion, or harassed at work because of any of these characteristics, you should contact an employment attorney to explore your legal rights.

The Civil Rights Act

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act prohibits employers who employ more than 15 workers from discriminating against an employee based on race, color, national origin, sex, and religion. Discrimination based on these traits can take a number of different forms, including:

  • Harassment, such as inappropriate jokes or insults;
  • Being offered a lower wage;
  • Being denied a job;
  • Being fired.

The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA)

The ADEA prohibits employers from discriminating against individuals aged 40 or over based on their age. This includes both current employees and job applicants. Under the ADEA, it is unlawful to discriminate against a person because of his or her age in regards to any condition of employment, including:

  • Hiring
  • Firing
  • Promotions
  • Layoffs
  • Benefits
  • Training
  • Compensation
  • Job assignments

Ohio State Law

Ohio law also prohibits employers from discriminating against employees both due to race, color, national origin, sex, pregnancy, and religion. In addition, state law also prohibits employers from discriminating based on these additional traits:

  • Military status
  • National origin
  • Disability
  • Being regarded as having a disability
  • Age
  • Ancestry

Time Limits

For most of the claims listed above, there are strict time limits for when you can bring an action for discrimination. These time limits can be as short as 30 days. Some of the claims require that you make an administrative filing before you can file a lawsuit. If you have a discrimination claim, you should speak to an employment attorney as soon as possible to ensure that you do not lose your claims by filing them late or in the wrong place.

Call us to Speak to an Attorney about Discrimination in the Workplace

Employees have the right to be free of discrimination in the workplace. If you live in Ohio and were the victim of discrimination, please contact Marshall Forman & Schlein LLC and speak to an employment attorney.

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