What Do You Do When Facing Discrimination at Work?
Sometimes, we have a bad day at work. Someone says something that is unfair, sexist or racist. These things happen. However, if you continually face discrimination on the job and you have notified human resources (HR) and your manager of the situation, and still nothing changes, then it’s time to speak to an attorney.
At Clark Law Group, PLLC, we know employment discrimination law. We understand what is and what is not discrimination and the steps to take to hold employers accountable. If you think you may have a case in Alexandria, Fairfax, Tysons Corner or McLean, Virginia, reach out to our office in Washington, D.C. We'll be here to help you take action.
Types of Discrimination
Discrimination is illegal, and it can take many forms. Discrimination can mean that you do not get the job, you are fired, you are not promoted or trained, or you are denied a raise or benefit because you are in a protected class. An employer cannot discriminate against you in any way because of your:
- Sexual orientation
- Sex, gender or gender identity
- Race, creed, national origin or religion
- Age, often cited as “failure to keep up” with technology or culture
- Disability, as an employer must make reasonable accommodations
- Veteran, marital or FMLA status
- Because you made a complaint about illegal activity, like discrimination, unpaid wages, misclassification, or workplace safety violations.
Various federal, state and local laws govern what types of discrimination are illegal. For example, Title VII makes it illegal for an employer to enforce employees to conform to stereotypical or “appropriate” roles or behaviors based on the employee’s sex, sexual orientation, race or religion. Title VII applies to employers that have more than 15 employees. Smaller employers are held to the local laws, which can be just as powerful.