Discrimination is unfortunately, something too many people live with every day. When it occurs in the workplace, it can make the environment unbearable for employees. People in Akron and throughout the rest of Ohio have the right to go to work every day and earn an honest living without being subjected to comments or behavior regarding their personal characteristics. Our Akron employment discrimination attorneys are dedicated to helping workers that have been discriminated against, and we want to help you, too.

What are Protected Classes?

State and federal law both outline certain protected classes of employees. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act prohibits discrimination against employees that is based on a worker’s color, race, religion, national origin, sex, and pregnancy. Recently, the United States Supreme Court has also ruled that members of the LGBT community are protected under the Civil Rights Act. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act is not the only law that protects employees from discrimination in the workplace. The Americans with Disabilities Act protects disabled employees from discrimination based on their disability, and requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations when necessary and appropriate. The Age Discrimination Act of 1975 also protects all employees over the age of 40 from discrimination based on their age.

When to Speak to an Akron Employment Discrimination Attorney

Sometimes, discrimination is obvious. In other cases though, it is much more subtle. Employees that face unfair practices at work do not always know if it rises to the level of illegal discrimination, and whether they need to speak to a lawyer. Employees that face any of the following situations may have to speak to an employment discrimination attorney.

  • An employment candidate has been denied a position because they are over the age of 40 and the employer states they need someone with more energy.
  • Younger employees are treated better than older employees in a workplace and are first in line for promotions and other benefits.
  • Employees of a certain race or national origin are subjected to discriminatory remarks or behavior based on their protected class status.
  • Employees face termination based on their disability.
  • Employees are mocked for reading religious material or praying on their breaks.
  • Employees are told not to return to work after taking maternity leave for the birth or adoption of a child.
  • A civilian job was given to someone else and was no longer available when an employee returned from military service.
  • Employees are treated unfairly when they return from FMLA leave, or face retaliatory actions, such as being terminated, when requesting their rightful leave.
Unfortunately, these are just a few of the discriminatory practices employers engage in. Any time an employee feels as though they are being discriminated against, they should speak to an employment lawyer.

Our Ohio Employment Discrimination Lawyers Can Make Things Right

When you go to work, you have the right to be treated fairly and respectfully. If you believe your employer has discriminated against you, our Akron employment discrimination lawyers at Coffman Legal, LLC, are here to assist with your case. Call us today at (614) 949-1181 or contact us online to schedule a free case evaluation and to learn more about how we can help you make things right.

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