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

  • Pregnancy

  • 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.

What the Law Entitles Victims To

If you have been the victim of workplace discrimination, you may be entitled to your lost wages and compensation for the emotional trauma and pain you endured in addition to court costs and your attorney fees. In some cases where the discrimination was egregious, victims can also receive punitive damages from their employer or be instated to a position if they were denied the position because of discrimination. If you are being discriminated against, be sure to save all evidence of the discrimination. Document every instance of discrimination with what was done or said by whom, when and who witnessed it. Company policy and handbooks are also often helpful.

The Support You Need to Face Workplace Discrimination

At Clark Law Group, PLLC, we understand that it takes courage to stand up to an employer. Come and meet with us. Tell us what happened. We will advise you on how we can help and the next steps to take. Not sure if you have a case? Contact us in Washington, D.C. to start discussing your situation. We also have an office in Chicago, where we proudly serve clients in Oak Park, Lake Forest, and Naperville, Illinois.

Once we take your case, we will be with you every step of the way. We serve all types of workers, from domestic, retail and landscape workers to construction workers, including union and federal workers