As an employee or a job-seeker in Youngstown, Ohio, you have the right to a discrimination-free workplace. When workplace discrimination occurs, your rights have been breached and you can seek legal remedy as such. At the law office of Coffman Legal, LLC, our Youngstown employment discrimination attorneys can help you to bring forth a claim for damages. Call us today for your free consultation and an overview of your options.

What Types of Discrimination Are Prohibited Under Federal Law?

As explained by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), discrimination on the basis of any of the following is prohibited under federal law:

  • Age;
  • Disability;
  • National origin;
  • Sex/gender;
  • Genetic information;
  • Pregnancy;
  • Color;
  • Religion;
  • Race;
  • Gender identity, including transgender status; and
  • Sexual orientation.
If you have been harassed or have had an adverse action taken against you based on a characteristic that you think is protected under state or federal law, call our law firm directly.

Examples of Discrimination in the Workplace

Discrimination in the workplace can take many different forms. It might include:

  • Making an unfavorable decision or taking adverse action against an employee based on a protected characteristic, such as refusing to hire an employee, firing an employee, demoting an employee to another position, refusing to promote an employee, reducing an employee’s pay, or punishing an employee.
  • Harassing or failing to put an end to harassment of an employee. Harassment is illegal in the workplace when it creates a hostile work environment. Sexual harassment in the workplace is also a form of discrimination.
  • Failing to provide reasonable accommodation for a person with a disability or for a pregnant person who needs accommodation in the workplace in order to be able to perform their job.

What Are My Rights if I’ve Been Discriminated Against?

If you have been discriminated against in the workplace, your rights under the law have been breached. By bringing forth a discrimination claim, you may be able to seek damages for back pay or front pay you were denied, reinstatement to your original position, a promotion you were wrongfully denied, compensation for costs and expenses you allocated to finding a different job, legal fees and court costs, and punitive damages in some cases. If you think that you have been discriminated against, it’s important that you gather as much evidence as possible. It’s also important that you report the act of discrimination to your HR department or manager; if you don’t report the discrimination, you may have a hard time recovering damages. If the discrimination isn’t remedied after you’ve reported it, then you should consider hiring an attorney and bringing forth a claim with either the state or federal agency responsible for processing discrimination claims.

Our Youngstown Employment Discrimination Lawyers Can Help

At the law office of Coffman Legal, LLC, our Youngstown employment discrimination attorneys have years of combined legal experience and a history of successfully representing our clients. If your rights have been breached, don’t hesitate to contact our law firm for the support and guidance you need. We are here to help and always offer free consultations.

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