Put An End To Workplace Discrimination
No worker deserves to endure workplace discrimination, including sexual harassment or pregnancy discrimination. If you are currently experiencing some form of this at your job or have recently left a job because of discrimination, you have the right to seek legal recourse.
With over 20 years of experience in employment law matters, I am attorney Michael W. DeWitt, and I can help you stand up for your rights after experiencing workplace discrimination. At my firm, DeWitt Law, LLC, I have earned a reputation as a dedicated, respected and successful employment law attorney.
What To Know About Discrimination
State and federal laws protect practically all employees from discrimination. Some of these laws include:
- Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
- The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990
- The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967
- The Equal Pay Act of 1963
In addition to race, color, sex (including workplace sexual harassment), religion, age, disability and national origin, Ohio state law prohibits discrimination based on:
- Conditions related to sex, such as pregnancy, childbirth and associated medical conditions
- Military status
- Caring for a spouse, child, parent or sibling injured during military service
Some Ohio cities and counties, such as Akron, Cleveland Heights, Cuyahoga County and Franklin County, prohibit public employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. If you believe that you were the victim of discrimination at work, contact me for an empathetic and confidential case review.
Common Discrimination Questions
Discrimination in the workplace can make your job uncomfortable and stressful. It is important to seek answers about your situation so that you can move toward a solution. Here are a few answers to common questions about employment discrimination.
What is workplace discrimination?
Workplace discrimination is when an employer or co-worker treats someone differently because of their race, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability or pregnancy. This can include things like being denied a job, being fired, being paid less or being harassed.
What are the different types of workplace discrimination?
The different types of workplace discrimination include:
- Hiring discrimination: This is when an employer refuses to hire someone because of their protected characteristic.
- Termination discrimination: This is when an employer fires someone because of their protected characteristic.
- Wage discrimination: This is when an employer pays someone less than they are worth because of their protected characteristic.
- Harassment: This is when an employer or co-worker makes unwanted sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature.
- Retaliation: This is when an employer takes adverse action against an employee because the employee has complained about discrimination, filed a workers’ compensation claim or engaged in other protected activity.
It is essential to keep in mind that discrimination may not always be obvious. If a particular behavior seems like it might be discriminatory, it is worth taking action to determine if it falls into one of the categories of workplace discrimination.
What resources are available if I have been discriminated against in the workplace?
There are several resources available to you if you have been discriminated against in the workplace, including:
- The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC): The EEOC is a government agency that enforces federal employment laws. You can file a complaint with the EEOC online or by mail.
- Your state’s fair employment practices agency: Ohio, like most states, has its own fair employment practices agencies that enforce state employment laws. You can file a complaint with your state’s fair employment practices agency online or by mail.
- An attorney: A skilled lawyer can help you understand your rights and options and can represent you in court if necessary.
It is important to maintain a record of what you are experiencing in the workplace and take action as soon as possible. There are options available to support you through the challenge of dealing with discrimination.
I Used To Represent Employers – Now I Represent You
I spent the first portion of my career defending employers against discrimination claims. Having seen how many companies treat their employees, I decided to turn the tables and become an advocate for employees’ rights. I have a rare, valuable insight into how employers and their attorneys handle discrimination claims. I can anticipate their moves, gather evidence and build a strong case on your behalf.
Schedule A Free Consultation About Discrimination
Contact DeWitt Law, LLC, to discuss the details of your workplace discrimination issue. I provide free, no-obligation consultations. If I take your case, you will not pay any fees unless you recover compensation. Call my Columbus office at 614-762-9641 or reach me online via email today.