Skokie Discrimination Attorneys
Discrimination laws have evolved over the years, but the workplace has not always kept up. Discrimination is still rampant, despite strict state and federal laws, and it has affected many employees.
A person can face discrimination in a variety of ways. Conversely, an employer can be falsely accused of discrimination if an applicant does not get hired or if an employee does not get a pay raise, promotion, or other benefit. If you have been made a victim at work, it is a good idea to have a Skokie discrimination attorney on your side to help you pursue justice and compensation.
Types of Workplace Discrimination
Did you know there are a dozen different types of discrimination that can occur in the workplace? Here is a look at some of them.
- Disability. A person cannot be discriminated against solely based on disability. The employer should make an effort to comply with reasonable accommodations.
- Age. It is illegal to discriminate against someone who is over the age of 40. For example, an employer who only hires young workers is not complying with the law.
- Race. A person’s race or skin color should not play a role in their employment. Also, a person cannot receive unfair treatment based on characteristics of their race (such as hair texture, facial features, etc.).
- Religion. An employee cannot face discrimination for their religious beliefs. In fact, employers are required to make reasonable accommodations for an employee’s religious beliefs unless it would be a huge burden for the employer. An employee also cannot be forced to participate in a religious activity as a condition of their employment.
- Gender/sexual orientation. Discrimination based on someone’s gender or sexual orientation—such as heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual, or transgender status—is illegal.
- Compensation. The Equal Pay Act requires employers to pay employees the same based on their duties, not job title. There should be no discrepancy between what men and women are paid for the same job.
- Pregnancy. It is illegal for an employer to discriminate against an applicant or employee based on their pregnancy or childbirth status. Under the Family and Medical Leave Act, an employee is given 12 weeks of leave during pregnancy or after childbirth. Plus, new mothers are given time to express milk at work.
- Genetic information. Under the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008, it is illegal to discriminate against an applicant or employee based on their genetic information., which is defined as information about a person’s family medical history or genetic testing.
Contact Us Today
It can be frustrating to be a victim of discrimination or to be accused of it, especially in the workplace. Whether you are an employee or employer, The Law Office of Mitchell A. Kline can help you with your case and ensure state and federal laws are obeyed. Our Skokie discrimination attorney has more than 30 years of experience. To schedule a free consultation, fill out the online form or call our office.