Erie, PA Workplace Discrimination Lawyer
Protecting Pennsylvania’s Workers Since 1981
Did you know that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 makes it illegal for employers to discriminate against an employee or job applicant based on their race, religion, gender, or national origin? These protections extend to:
- Hiring new employees
- Firing or laying off employees
- Promoting employees to new positions
- Referring employees for a new job
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is the agency that is responsible for making sure these provisions are enforced. People who have been discriminated against in PA can also take legal action with the help of McNair Law Offices, PLLC.
Is Harassment a Form of Discrimination?
If an employer harasses an employee based on their race, color, religion, sex, age, or nationality, it is also considered a form of workplace discrimination. Workplace harassment covers any unwanted behaviors or actions taken against you by your co-workers, managers, clients, and other people you work with.
Types of Workplace Discrimination
Race and ethnicity are not the only protected characteristics that could make you the victim of discrimination. Sometimes, workplace discrimination is based on disabilities, genetic information, pregnancy, or your relationship with another person. If your employers make unfavorable decisions due to your protected characteristics or your co-workers continue to behave in harmful ways because of your association with a protected class of people, you should speak up.
Retaliation is illegal in Pennsylvania, so your right to bring concerns to your employer is protected, as well. If you are punished or prefer to have legal assistance from the start, our discrimination attorney can also help you file a workplace discrimination claim.
Employees can file discrimination claims if they are harassed due to their:
- Genetic Information
- Skin Color
- Religious Beliefs
- Pregnancy or Parenthood
- Mental or Physical Disability
- Political Affiliation
Whether you were denied a position because of a pregnancy or bullied at work because of your religious beliefs, McNair Law Offices, PLLC can help.
What Constitutes a Hostile Work Environment in PA?
Just like workplace harassment, hostile work environments are covered under employment discrimination laws. An employer can not only be sued if they harass or discriminate against an employee, but they can also be sued when their actions interfere with the employee’s ability to perform their work.
If the employer facilitates an environment where the employee feels unproductive or victimized, they can be sued under a hostile work environment claim. Each type of discrimination in the previous section can be used to prove you work in a hostile workplace. Hostile workplace claims are especially pertinent when employers retaliate against someone for speaking out about being uncomfortable. If you are a victim of retaliation, we can help you – even if the harassment you complained about was not directed at you.