Harassment and Discrimination
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is a federal agency that enforces laws against workplace discrimination, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Civil Rights Act of 1991, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA), the Equal Pay Act of 1963 (EPA), Title I and Title V of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), Sections 501 and 505 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and Title II of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA).
These laws make it illegal for an employer to discriminate or harass a job applicant or employee based on their race, color, sex, religion, pregnancy, national origin, age, genetic information, or disability. These laws also prohibit discrimination against an employee who complains about illegal conduct, files a complaint with the EEOC, or participates in a discrimination investigation or lawsuit. Employers may not take actions including termination, failure to hire, demotion, harassment, salary reductions, reduction of benefits, or denial of training based on an employee’s membership in a protected group listed above.
Under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), an eligible employee can take up to 12 weeks of leave during any 12-month period without loss of benefits for certain qualifying life circumstances, including the birth of a child, major medical procedures, addiction recovery, and more. If you were denied FMLA leave for a qualifying event or experienced retaliation or demotion upon your return to work, contact us to consult about your rights.
The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits discrimination by employers against individuals with disabilities. Discrimination under the ADA can include being fired, not being hired, failing to promote, inappropriately classifying an employee, or failing to make reasonable accommodations for a job applicant or employee with a qualifying disability. If you have been discriminated against at work due to a disability, contact us today.
Harassment is behavior that interferes with a worker’s ability to perform their job by creating an intimidating or offensive work environment. Sexual harassment is a form of sexual discrimination and is covered under the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The worker can be a man or a woman; the harasser can be an employer, manager, coworker, even a non-employee. Contact us at Taylor & Associates, Ltd., if you believe you have been a victim of sexual harassment on the job.