What is Employment Discrimination?

Federal and state law prohibits employers from discriminating against employees based on race, color, country of national origin, ancestry, gender, religion, disability, pregnancy, marital status, age or sexual orientation. Discrimination can include failure to hire, failure to promote, harassment, retaliation, constructive termination, wrongful termination, and other actions that adversely affect an employee.

Individuals who are deprived of the opportunity for employment or advancement in the workplace based on their membership of a particular protected class, or who lose their jobs as a result of discrimination, are entitled to compensation. Not every claim of discrimination is valid. Our attorneys know this and work hard at defending businesses against such allegation of discrimination.

Discrimination Claims

Accusations of terminating or refusing to hire someone based solely on membership of a particular protected class, or giving an employee unfavorable terms of employment because of his or her race, are common claims of discrimination in the workplace. Employers may be held accountable, not only for intentional discrimination, but also for workplace policies that discriminate even if discrimination was not the intention, such as:

  • Failure to remedy a hostile work environment whereby race or other legally protected characteristics are ridiculed, stereotyped, or demeaned
  • Dress code policies that interfere with an individual’s religious practice
  • Arbitrary and unreasonable physical requirements that exclude women
  • Employment advertising, policies, and practices that effectively discourage members of certain protected groups from applying
  • “English only” policies whereby communicating in English is not an essential part of the job

These are just a few examples of the types of discrimination allegations that employers can face. Investigating and defending against discrimination claims is complex, however, our employment discrimination defense attorneys are well suited for the challenge.

Types Of Employment Discrimination

Employment discrimination claims can be based on several factors, including:

  • Age
  • Religion
  • Disability
  • Race
  • National origin
  • Gender
  • Pregnancy

Our Employment Discrimination Defense Practice With decades of experience, our attorneys know how to gather critical evidence to support employers and build strong defenses for our clients. We care about our clients and work diligently to refute allegations and preserve the reputations of our clients. As a client of our firm, you will have a strong advocate on your side. Arata, Swingle, Van Egmond & Heitlinger is a law firm consisting of premier employment discrimination defense lawyers. We are known for our attention to detail, thorough trial preparation, strong negotiation skills, and proven track record of results in the courtroom. Let us put our experience to work for you. Tell us about your situation, contact the workplace discrimination defense attorneys at Arata, Swingle, Van Egmond & Heitlinger at (209) 522-2211.