Workplace discrimination occurs when an individual is discriminated against due to any number of factors. In addition to the reasons listed above, employees and job applicants can also be discriminated against because of their relationship to another person.
For example, an employer is legally prohibited from refusing to hire a job candidate because their spouse is disabled and they fear that the candidate’s caregiving responsibilities may interfere with their work. This would be discrimination under the ADA, even though the candidate is not the disabled party.
Examples of workplace discrimination: Age, Gender, Race, Ethnicity, Skin Color, National Origin, Mental or Physical Disability, Relationship to someone who may be discriminated against, Pregnancy or Parenthood
The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 made it illegal to discriminate against qualified job candidates or employees on the basis of disability. In practical terms, this means that employers cannot refuse to hire disabled candidates or penalize disabled workers purely for their disabilities.
Employers are required to make “reasonable accommodation” for disabled applicants and employees, which might mean making physical changes to the work environment or schedule changes to workday.
The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 prohibits discrimination in federal employment on much the same terms as the ADA.
Employment Litigation encompasses many different types of disputes between employees and employers. Claims arising in the workplace include wrongful termination; termination of health plan, pension, and other employee benefits; refusal to pay wages owed; breach of contracts with employees; and termination of an employee under whistle blower circumstances.
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If you believe you have been discriminated against or your rights as an employee have been otherwise violated, and would like to speak with an employment litigation attorney, please contact us. We are here to answer your questions and discuss how to protect your legal rights. To learn more about what we can do for you, arrange an appointment with one of the employment litigation attorneys in our Boston office by calling (617) 742-1900, or toll-free at 1-800-545-3732. We will pass your contact information to an appropriate member of our staff.
Mr. Angueira is an accomplished senior trial lawyer at Swartz & Swartz, P.C., who has obtained record breaking results for his clients. He was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in 1982 and the New York Bar in 1983. He specializes Employment Litigation, Medical Malpractice, Product Liability, Discrimination, Whistle Blower and False Claims.
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