Discrimination Is Not Your Fault And It Is Not Legal
Discrimination in employment can take many forms. Generally, it occurs when an employee is singled out and treated differently because they are a member of a protected class of persons. The most common protected classes include:
- National Origin
- Sexual Preferences
Any adverse action such as hiring, firing, disciplining or demoting an employee that is based upon one’s inclusion in a protected class of workers is discriminatory and illegal. In addition, a significant portion of discrimination cases is the result of retaliation. An employee may have previously alleged discrimination or harassment and not only was the issue not rectified by the employer but the employee then suffers retaliation for their complaints in addition to the discrimination and/or harassment.
Four Facts About Sexual Harassment
Despite many laws designed to prevent sexual harassment from occurring in the workplace, it can and does still happen. Unwelcome sexual advances and requests for sexual favors are not the only forms it can take. Other verbal, written, gestured or physical conduct and/or contact can give rise to a sexual harassment claim. Additionally, it is interesting to note that:
- Harassment can happen to a man or a woman.
- The harasser can be a supervisor, co-worker or even a non-employee such as a regular customer.
- Harassment does not have to mean you suffered lost wages.
- Same-sex harassment has become more reported.
If you have had frequent and severe unwanted sexual behavior at work, it may be in your best interest to speak with an attorney about what is happening.
Do Not Hesitate To Speak With An Employment Law Attorney
At Tuttle & McCloskey, PC, our attorneys have decades of experience helping employees receive fair wages and fair treatment. Call us at 559-500-3393 or complete our online contact form and we will respond to you promptly.