Studies have shown that people will spend roughly one-third of their adult life at work. Most people enjoy a friendly work environment, are treated with respect at their jobs, and are generally fulfilled by what they do for a living.
However, some workers are forced to endure discrimination and hostile work environments where they are treated poorly by their employers, supervisors, or fellow employees. Given the amount of time that the average person spends working, this can take a significant toll on the mental well-being of victims. This mistreatment can even get so severe that workers may be passed over for promotions, demoted, or fired because of their perceived differences.
Thankfully, the law helps to protect the victims of discrimination and retaliation perpetrated by employers.
Employment Discrimination Claims
Not all mistreatment in the workplace amounts to discrimination, but the laws do still offer a good bit of protection.
Generally speaking, the law forbids an employer from taking any adverse employment action against you (ex. firing, demotion, reduction in pay, etc.) based on your race, religion, national origin, disabilities, gender, color, or age. Also, although it has not yet been adopted into federal law, there is some authority supporting claims for sexual orientation discrimination.
Just like an employer cannot discriminate against you, they similarly cannot retaliate against you because you complained about discrimination on the job.
Employers are also forbidden from firing, demoting, or otherwise taking an adverse employment action against you because you participated in an employment discrimination proceeding. This means that you are protected if you choose to bring a discrimination case or testify for a fellow employee who is pursuing a discrimination case.
Call a New Orleans Employment Lawyer Today
If you have been the victim of discrimination or retaliation in the workplace, The Mahone Firm can help. Call (504) 564-7342 to discuss your case with a Louisiana discrimination attorney today. Don’t delay in getting the help you need.