Ideally, work should be an enjoyable and rewarding environment. After all, we spend the majority of our daytime hours at work. Unfortunately, the reality often looks different. Unfair treatment, hostile work environments, bullying, and discrimination, are just some of the challenges many employees face daily.
Unfair treatment at work can impact your physical and mental health. Moreover, discrimination could hinder your career progression and reduce your earning potential if you are denied promotions or pay rises. However, discrimination is illegal, and you could qualify for compensation.
If you do not know what to do if treated unfairly at work, Morgan & Morgan has your back. Our attorneys are committed to fighting discrimination and could help you get justice. Contact us now for a free case review.
When Is Unfair Treatment Discrimination?
Unfair treatment in the workplace can include a range of behaviors by supervisors, managers, and coworkers, including:
- Spreading rumors about an employee
- Unwarranted criticism
- Excluding an employee from meetings and training opportunities
While it is not necessarily illegal to bully an employee or make inappropriate jokes, these types of behaviors can negatively affect employees’ productivity and mental health.
However, discrimination in the workplace is illegal, and it can be challenging to determine when unfair treatment amounts to discrimination.
What Is Discrimination?
According to the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), unlawful discrimination arises when an employee is treated differently based on their:
- Marital status
- National Origin
- Sexual orientation
- Gender identity
- Genetic information
Retaliation against an employee is also unlawful. According to the EEOC, retaliation is the most common reason for discrimination complaints, followed by disability and race.
If you suffer discrimination at work, you have the right to pursue justice. An employment attorney from our firm could help you hold an employer to account.
Find a Discrimination Attorney Near You
One of your first best steps, when you experience mistreatment at work, is to consult with a lawyer and determine your options for going forward. Finding an attorney does not have to be an arduous task and can be achieved with a few easy steps:
- Asking friends and coworkers for referrals
- Searching for lawyers on your state’s bar association website
- Scheduling free consultations with law firms near you
Morgan & Morgan Can Help
Fighting unfair treatment can be an uphill struggle, especially if your employer is a large company with considerable resources. However, you have rights and deserve justice if you suffer from discrimination. Our employment attorneys can hold unethical employers accountable. We can protect your rights and:
- Offer legal advice and guidance
- Determine if you have a case
- Gather the evidence required to prove unfair treatment
- File a discrimination lawsuit
- Present your case strongly at court
- Negotiate a fair settlement
You Could Recover Damages
If you were discriminated against at your workplace, you could qualify for compensation, including but not limited to:
- Back pay for wages and overtime
- Reinstatement of your employment
- Payments for missed tips, commission, and vacation time
- Salary adjustments
- Awards for emotional anguish and humiliation
- Attorney’s fees and court costs
- Expenses related to finding and training for a new job
- Punitive damages
An employment attorney can analyze and determine the worth of your case.
Time Is of the Essence When Filing a Discrimination Lawsuit
It can be hard to know what to do if treated unfairly at work. However, timely action is critical if you plan to report unfair treatment and discrimination. Victims generally only have 180 days to file a claim with the EEOC. Depending on the discrimination laws in your state, the EEOC deadline could be extended to 300 days. However, consider consulting with a discrimination attorney as soon as possible after experiencing unfair work treatment. Our attorneys can ensure you are meeting all essential deadlines.