Discrimination and Civil Rights Attorneys

Federal and state laws prohibit employers from discriminating against individuals because of their race, gender, age, religion or national origin with regards to hiring, termination, promotion, compensation, job training, and other terms and conditions of employment. Employers are also prohibited by law from retaliating against an individual who opposes or challenges such discriminatory policies or practices. Hach Rose Schirripa & Cheverie LLP can help with discrimination claims including:

Age Discrimination

The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA) protects individuals who are 40 years of age or older from employment discrimination based on age. It is unlawful to discriminate against a person because of their age with respect to any condition or privilege of employment, including hiring, firing, promotion, layoff, compensation, benefits, job assignments, and training.

National Origin Discrimination

National origin discrimination occurs when a person receives unfair treatment because they come from a certain place, because of their ethnicity or accent, or because they have a certain ethnic background. It also means treating someone less favorably because of their association with someone of a certain ethnicity.

Race/Color Discrimination

Title VII prohibits employment discrimination because of color or race. The statute does not define color or race per se.  The courts and the Commission note color as meaning pigmentation, complexion, or skin shade or tone. Thus, color discrimination occurs when a person is discriminated against based on the lightness, darkness, or other color characteristic of the person.  Discrimination can also occur between persons of different races or ethnicities, or between persons of the same race or ethnicity.

Religious Discrimination

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of l964 prohibits employers from discriminating against individuals because of their religion in hiring, firing, and other terms and conditions of employment.

Disability Discrimination

The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 protects qualified employees and applicants with disabilities from employment discrimination based on disability. An individual with a disability is someone who:

  • has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the person’s major life activities;
  • has a record of such an impairment; or
  • is regarded as having such impairment.

If you have been discriminated against because of a disability, you have the right to take action to protect yourself and your livelihood.

Gender/Sex Discrimination

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects individuals against employment discrimination based on their sex or gender. It is unlawful to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because their sex in terms of hiring and promoting individuals. Title VII also prohibits employment decisions based on stereotypes about abilities, traits, or the performance that are based on gender.

Filing A Claim or Complaint

Hach Rose Schirripa & Cheverie LLP can assist you with filing a complaint and lawsuit if you are a victim of discrimination in the workplace. For certain types of discrimination and civil rights violation allegations, you are required to file a complaint with a federal or state agency before filing any private lawsuit in court. These agencies typically set strict time limits for claim filing. For allegations that involve most types of employment discrimination, an employee alleging discrimination) must file a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) before filing any private lawsuit, and they must do this within 180 days of the alleged offense.  Once they receive permission from the EEOC a party may file a lawsuit.