Have You Suffered Discrimination?
Discrimination has long been prohibited by law in the workplace. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is perhaps the best known of the laws regulating this conduct. Title VII prohibits discrimination in a broad range of employment activities, including hiring and firing, compensation, promotions, training, benefits, and many other aspects. Sadly, incidences of this type of discrimination still occur on a daily basis.
But Title VII is not the only discrimination law that apples to the workplace. There are numerous federal, state and local laws that may apply to you and your employer. Our attorneys at Melehy & Associates LLC have represented many individuals who have suffered discrimination. For an average worker, it can be difficult to determine which law may apply when you experience some form of discrimination in the workplace. We can help you with that process and provide experienced advice on how to proceed with your case.
Discrimination Cases Have Short Filing Deadlines
If you have experienced discrimination, it is important to take action. Many of these laws, like Title VII require that you file your case within 180 days (six months) of the incident. We understand how intimidating it can be to charge your employer with discrimination, and we can explain your various options and provide advice on potential ways to handle your matter.
In addition to Title VII, there are additional protections provided by other federal laws, including:
- The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA)
- The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA)
- The Equal Pay Act of 1963 (EPA)
- The Rehabilitation Act of 1973
- The Pregnancy Discrimination Act
As well as other laws, including state and local laws in Maryland, may provide additional coverage for other types of discrimination. Title VII prohibits discrimination based on:
- National origin
Additional Protection In Maryland And Washington, D.C.
Maryland prohibits discrimination based on race, sex, familial status, color, national origin, age, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, genetic testing, physical and/or mental incapacity. The Washington, D.C. Human Rights Act adds gender identity or expression, family responsibilities, and matriculation, or political affiliation.
This can be confusing, because coverage may depend on the size of your employer, where your employer is located and whether they are a private employer or the federal, state or local government. Our lawyers can help you navigate this maze of laws and protect your rights.
But don’t delay. Each of these laws may have different filing deadlines, and if you wait too long and a deadline passes, you will not be able to file a case, no matter how valid your claim or how egregious the conduct.
Contact Our Firm
We can provide experienced help for your discrimination law issues. Because of the short deadlines with many of these cases, contact us as soon as possible. Call our attorneys at our Silver Spring office at 301-587-6364 or use our online form.