Discrimination exists in workplaces in Boston and throughout the US. Despite federal and state laws prohibiting discrimination and harassment, thousands of workers face adverse employment actions based on sex, color and other protected classes every day. Luckily, workers have options in the face of discrimination. Contact the Boston discrimination lawyers at Sweeney Merrigan Law, LLP if you have experienced this type of wrongdoing at your workplace. You may be eligible for compensation and other types of restitution for your damages.
Discrimination in the workplace is the illegal act of an employer treating an applicant or employee unfairly based on his or her race, ethnicity, country of origin, sex, gender identity, age, disability, religion or another protected class. Basing adverse employment decisions on a protected class is discrimination. Adverse employment actions can include deciding not to hire a person, firing a person, taking disciplinary action, demoting someone, reducing someone’s pay, denying benefits, and excluding an employee from activities or projects.
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act makes it illegal for an employer in Massachusetts to discriminate in any facet of employment. It prohibits age discrimination, religious discrimination and disability-based discrimination. It also protects employees from hostile work environments: workplaces with enough harassment or discrimination as to interfere with the employee’s productivity or make him or her feel unsafe at work. Harassment refers to actions such as unwanted sexual advances, rude remarks or comments, inappropriate jokes, discriminatory language and other types of unwelcome behavior.
Discrimination can take many shapes and forms. If you believe you have faced any type of discrimination or harassment, go to the Human Resources department where you work and file a complaint. Write down the date you filed the complaint and who you spoke with. If the company does not do anything about the issue, go to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and file a claim. The EEOC is the federal agency in charge of enforcing the rules of the Civil Rights Act.
The EEOC can investigate your workplace and/or supervisor for signs of discrimination. It may send an agent to visit your office in person. Then, the EEOC may arrange a mediation between you (and your attorney, if desired) and your employer to work out a settlement. The EEOC may also institute change by penalizing your employer for discriminating against you. Many discrimination and harassment claims successfully conclude through the EEOC. If not, you can proceed to the next stage: a civil lawsuit.
From the beginning of your case, gather information and evidence about the incident. Keeping a detailed log of what happened, who was involved, when you filed a complaint and other information could help you build a stronger case against your employer. Bring this information to the lawyers at Sweeney Merrigan Law, LLP, where we can review everything and let you know if you have grounds for a lawsuit. If so, we can help you file your claim in Suffolk County.
Discrimination is a crime that no employee has to suffer through. You have rights as a wronged worker in Boston. With help from an attorney, you may be able to hold your employer responsible and receive compensation for your damages. Learn about your case during a free consultation. Request yours today at (617) 391-9001 or by submitting our online contact form.