Assert Your Right to a Workplace Free of Discrimination
It is an unfortunate reality that discrimination continues to be prevalent in many workplaces. Federal law prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, sex, national origin, religion, age, disability, and other grounds. Under Massachusetts law, discrimination based on genetic background, sexual orientation, and gender identity is also illegal, in addition to discrimination on the basis of all categories covered by federal law. These laws also prohibit harassment and employer retaliation against employees and others who complain about such discrimination or harassment, whether the complaint was made within the company or to an outside agency or court. Our firm was founded to combat such discrimination and retaliation.
Discrimination can take many forms, beyond treating people differently and worse because of who they are. For example, religious discrimination can consist of an employer’s refusal to accommodate an employee’s religious practices. Pregnancy discrimination may involve paternalistic restrictions on the work pregnant women are permitted to perform, failures to accommodate a woman’s medical needs, or dismissal of employees once their pregnancies become known. Race or sexual harassment can make the workplace unbearable for its targets. Disability discrimination can result from an employer’s refusal to help a person with disabilities by modifying the work setting.
We represent individuals and groups in actions against employers where discrimination of any kind has taken place. Whether you experienced a discriminatory hiring process, lost out on a promotion for discriminatory reasons, received discriminatorily unequal pay, were terminated as a result of discriminatory evaluations, were refused reasonable accommodations for your religious needs or disability, or were retaliated against for supporting a co-worker’s claims of discrimination, we can guide you to a positive resolution. Many times, we are able to negotiate settlements which avoid lengthy litigation.
If you have been a victim of discrimination, or have been retaliated against for airing your concerns regarding discrimination against yourself or others, you should know that the deadlines for acting under the above laws can be very short. We can assist you in seeking justice. Contact us to set up a consultation today.