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It is never acceptable for an employee to be discriminated against at work. People who face discrimination in the workplace might feel like they have no recourse, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. Discrimination is illegal, and if an employee is being discriminated against, they have a legal right to seek compensation. The experienced Houston employment discrimination lawyers at Mejias Lindsay PLLC know how emotionally devastating and financially compromising workplace discrimination can be. That’s why we fight hard for our clients.
What Laws Protect Workers From Discrimination?
In July 1965, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) was established to enforce federal regulations regarding the equal treatment of workers. It is illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or employee based on race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), country of origin, age, disability, and/or genetic information.
There are a number of laws protecting workers from various forms of discrimination. Some of the most often cited workplace discrimination laws include:
- Civil Rights Act of 1964 – Employers are not allowed to discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin
- Equal Pay Act of 1963 – Men and women doing equal work at the same employer should receive equal pay
- Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 – Workers 40 years of age or older are protected from discrimination
- Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 – Employers cannot discriminate based on disability
- Civil Rights Act of 1991 – Workers intentionally discriminated against by employers may seek monetary damages
Additionally, employers are also not allowed to discriminate against an employee because he or she complained about discrimination, filed a discrimination charge, or participated in an employment discrimination investigation or lawsuit.
What Does Workplace Discrimination Look Like?
Discrimination can take many forms. Many times discrimination is verbal, but it can also manifest itself via lower pay, longer hours, denial of overtime, demotion, being passed over for a promotion, termination, and poor working conditions, among others.
Don’t Fight Discrimination Alone
Discrimination isn’t just wrong – it’s illegal. If you have been discriminated against the workplace, the experienced Houston employment discrimination lawyers at Mejias Lindsay PLLC can help. We can put a stop to the unfairness and get you the compensation you deserve. Call us today for a free consultation to discuss your rights. We are proud to help clients in both English and Spanish.