Have You Been Illegally Discriminated Against On The Job?
To understand what constitutes illegal discrimination in the workplace, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is an important place to start. This landmark civil rights and labor law changed the rules for many places of employment, at least in principle.
Nondiscrimination: The Basics
The law requires employers not to base hiring, firing and treatment of employees on aspects of their identity, including:
- National origin
In addition to prohibiting discrimination of these types, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 bans sexual harassment and hostile working conditions.
Other Disallowed Forms Of Discrimination
Over the years, additional protected categories, such as age (over 40), veteran status and pregnancy, have been added to the “no discrimination” list that many employers must follow. These additions have come through the passing of laws such as:
- The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), which protects workers over age 40.
- The Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974 (VEVRAA) and the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), which protect veterans, reservists and guard members.
- The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1992, which prohibits discrimination of job candidates or employees with disabilities. It applies to people who can perform the essential functions of a job, in some cases with reasonable accommodations that do not impose an “undue burden” on the employer.
The brief descriptions above are generalized summaries only. They do not spell out all details, such as the size of companies they apply to, allowable exceptions or methods of enforcing these rules for employers.
To explore your situation and learn how these or similar laws may protect you if you have experienced illegal discrimination on the job as a worker, executive or high-level professional, consult with a knowledgeable employment law attorney. We, the lawyers at Curcio Mirzaian Sirot LLC, have abundant experience in these areas of the law. Skills that we brought from larger law firms and developed further at this firm enable us to develop customized strategies for our clients. We are confident that we can put a stop to the discrimination you have faced or recover compensation for your monetary and other losses.
Get Qualified Legal Advice
If possible, we will help you resolve your problems with discrimination on the job through negotiations or mediation. If necessary, however, we are ready to take your case to trial. We will keep you informed so you will be ready to make the decision to move forward with litigation if that is in your best interests.
First, however, know your rights. Schedule a consultation with one of our employment lawyers serving clients in New Jersey and New York. Call 973-852-3229 or email us through this website. We represent either employees or employers in discrimination matters.