Although workplace discrimination is illegal, countless employees across the nation still suffer from some form of discrimination. The law has come a long way in providing protections for workers, but we have yet to completely eliminate workplace discrimination, despite broad legal protections. If you are the victim of discrimination, contact an employment lawyer to learn more about your options and remedies.
Under the law, employees enjoy workplace protections such as:
- Bans on Age, Race, Religious & Disability Discriminations – Employers are not allowed to discriminate workers based on one’s age, race, religious affiliation, or disability. This includes refusing to hire, not promoting, or demoting somebody solely based on these criteria.
- Family Leave (through The Family and Medical Leave Act) – If a worker has a serious medical condition or needs to become a caregiver for a loved one, they have the right to take family leave without fearing penalties.
- Pregnancy Leave & Accommodations – According to The Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978, employers are required to provide reasonable accommodation for pregnant workers. Employers are also required to provide paid family leave for pregnant workers and are forbidden from retaliating or discriminating against a woman because she is pregnant.
- Wage and Salary Transparency – Employers must pay workers for the labor they provided, including any overtime pay. A worker’s wage statement should be transparent and include details of the pay, such as the hours worked and at what wage.
- Bans on Sexual or Gender-Based Discrimination – Any type of sexual harassment or gender-based discrimination is illegal. Examples include not promoting a woman to managerial positions, paying women less despite one’s qualifications, targeting transgendered individuals for harassment, and other similar acts.
Protecting Your Right in the Workplace
At Shellist Lazarz Slobin LLP, our Houston employment attorneys are dedicated to providing effective and knowledgeable protection for workers who have suffered discrimination in the workplace. When you need smart solutions and aggressive advocacy, our lawyers can stand up for you and help you hold your employer accountable for breaking the law. Schedule a consultation today to discuss your case.