There are few situations as frustrating and upsetting as being discriminated
against at work. You likely depend on your job to support you and your
family, and discrimination can put you between a rock and a hard place,
so to speak – you want to leave the discriminatory environment,
but you need the income the job provides.
In many cases of discrimination, you have a right to pursue justice and
hold your employer liable for their illegal behavior. In other cases,
however, the discriminatory action can actually be legal. In this blog,
we take a look at what constitutes “unlawful discrimination;”
if you believe you have been mistreated, call our Pittsburgh employment
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Understanding “Protected Classes”
In its most basic form, discrimination is actually a critical component
of the business world – when hiring a new employee, for example,
business owners may “discriminate” against those who are unqualified.
Both the Pennsylvania and Federal governments, however, have specified
certain classes, or characteristics, which cannot be targeted for discrimination.
Federally protected classes include, but are not limited to:
- National origin
- Age (for those over 40)
- Disability status
The most recently added protected class is Genetic Information. Since 2008,
it is illegal for health insurance providers and employers alike to discriminate
based on a person’s DNA. This prevents employers from firing employees
based on their risk of a serious health condition, and is an important
protection as the cost of healthcare continues to rise.
Stand Up Against Discrimination. Call (412) 453-3341 Today.
Unlawful discrimination is easy to understand on paper, but can often be
far more subtle or complex in real life. If you feel that you are being
discriminated against at work, it’s important to contact a Pittsburgh
employment lawyer who can help you understand your options.
At the Law Office of Melvin L. Vatz, we understand that you may be hesitant
to pursue legal action against your employer. However, you have a right
to hold discriminatory employers accountable for their actions. Not only
can you help improve your situation, you can help prevent others from
suffering in the same way.
We can help you fight back against discriminatory action. Call (412) 453-3341
to learn more.