Workplace Discrimination Lawyer

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WORKPLACE DISCRIMINATION LAWYER

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The Henry Law Difference

Your caring and trusted advocate for workplace discrimination

CLIENT-CENTERED

We built our practice as a 21st-century client-centered law firm built on individualized services. Our legal team goes above and beyond to explain the nature of your case, ensure that we’re on the same page, and discuss the best possible strategies for success.

TECHNOLOGY-FOCUSED

Take advantage of our cloud-based case filing system for instant access to case progression. We leverage state-of-the-art technologies, programs, and specialists to boost investigative effectiveness and build your case for results.

MODERN INVESTIGATIVE TECHNIQUES

We offer both legal and private investigator experience, which means we build your case like a detective. From finding and speaking with witnesses to uncovering crucial documentation, we think creatively and move proactively. We’ll also hire top experts to assist with your unique case.

STORYTELLING

Every court case is a story, and your trial is the opportunity to tell your story. From how you have been harmed to identifying what actions need to be taken to fix the situation, visual storytelling through leading presentation tools and depictions help every client present a strong case at trial.

What Is Discrimination in the Workplace?

Workplace discrimination occurs when someone experiences mistreatment due to their gender, how they look, their national origin, religion — or any other “protected” status.” Discrimination in the workplace includes, but is not limited to, denied promotions, shift cuts, employment refusal, pay gaps, denial of training opportunities, and much more.

If you or someone you know is experiencing employment discrimination, there may be grounds for a lawsuit. The Henry Law Firm has helped countless individuals fight for their workplace rights through aggressive legal action.

40%

Face or see racism in the workplace

Of sexual harassment victims at work don’t report it.

52%
of workers aged 18-34

Have experienced or seen ageism at work

Discrimination based on age can be devastating. We work tirelessly on behalf of our clients to pursue their ageism cases.

$535.4 million
was secured by EEOC

For the private sector and local governments

2020 was the highest payout amount in 16 years for workplace discrimination cases as workers are becoming more aware of their rights.

Types of Workplace Discrimination

We work to defend workers from discrimination based on their legally protected statuses. Both state and federal laws prohibit discrimination in the workplace to protect employees from mistreatment. Unfortunately, this doesn’t prevent the issue from occurring. Our experienced team will fight relentlessly for your rights. If you believe that you have experienced workplace discrimination, we’ll work with you to establish a case and pursuit a lawsuit.

Age

Discrimination may constitute a hostile work environment or negative policies and practices that hinder employees or applicants based on age are a form of employment discrimination. The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) prohibits employers from mistreating staff or potential employees who are 40 or older based on their age.

The sentiment that older workers are less capable, more costly, and don’t adapt to changing practices is a breeding ground for ageism in the workplace. Experiencing unfair treatment or exclusion due to your age is grounds for a lawsuit — The Henry Law Firm can help.

Disability

Another common form of workplace discrimination is disability discrimination. An employer cannot treat an employee less favorably due to a perceived or current disability. An employer is required by law, through the Americans With Disabilities Act, to make reasonable accommodations for a qualified individual to perform required tasks.

In Ohio, the law defines a disability as: “a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.” If you believe that you are being treated unfairly in the workplace, were denied opportunity for employment, or were wrongfully terminated due to a disability — we’re here for you. As your employment discrimination lawyer, The Henry Law Firm will build your case and fight for your right to work.

Race/Color

Experiencing negative treatment due to your skin color or race characteristics can be devastating. Whether it’s your hair texture, facial features, or simply the color of your skin — negative treatment or policies based on these facets may be grounds for a discrimination claim.

It’s not uncommon for these issues to occur between individuals of the same race or color as well. We’ve helped countless clients who have experienced unfair treatment, issues with employment including hiring, harassment or were denied opportunities due to their race seek restitution.

National Origin

The Civil Rights Act along with state and local laws prohibit national origin discrimination in the workplace. These discrimination laws include those who are married to a person of a certain national origin.

As part of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, national origin became a protected status that protects employees from discrimination with regards to salary, promotions, job assignments, training, layoffs, and fringe benefits.

If you believe that you are a victim of national origin discrimination at work, contact our legal team today.

Religion

Title VII prohibits employers from workplace segregation practices based on religion. This includes, but is not limited to, clothing, grooming practices, or even religious events.

Religion can be a muddy subject in the workplace. According to employment law, it includes traditional religions, ethical and moral beliefs. It is required that employees make reasonable accommodations for religious events, which may include shift substitutions, flexible scheduling, or modifications to allow for employee participation.

Termination, shift cuts, unfair treatment, or segregation based on your religion is illegal — and could be grounds for a lawsuit.

Equal Pay & Gender Inequality

Whether it’s salary, vacation, holiday time, overtime, bonuses, life insurance, profit-sharing, travel accommodations, or stock options — all forms of pay are protected by The Equal Pay Act.

While the pay gap has lessened over the years, that doesn’t mean it has gone away. Men, women, and all forms of gender identity must receive equal pay for equal work at the same company. This is regardless of title and pertains to the duties and tasks required in the position.

Realizing that you’re underpaid for a position based on your gender identity can be a shocking experience. We’ll help explore whether or not you have a case and take aggressive action to obtain the pay you deserve.

Sexual Orientation

Just recently, the LGBTQ+ community received protection within the private sector from discrimination in employment law. These protections pertain to both private and government employers with fifteen or more total employees.

Sexual orientation discrimination at work includes any type of differential treatment or mistreatment due to a real or perceived sexual orientation — regardless of gender.

As a progressive employment discrimination law firm, we firmly believe that every individual has the right to equal employment opportunities. The Henry Law Firm will advocate for any individual who has experienced discrimination based on their sexual orientation, gender, or identity.

Pregnancy

It is unlawful for employers to discriminate based on an employee’s pregnancy or caregiving responsibilities. Women who are unable to perform routine tasks for their work due to pregnancy or related medical conditions are protected by The Pregnancy Discrimination Act.

If an employer allows or makes accommodations for disabled employees — including taking leave, they must make the same arrangements for pregnant employees. While racial discrimination, sex discrimination, or one of the many forms of discrimination based on protected status are fairly known — discrimination based on pregnancy often goes unaddressed. Federal laws protect pregnant employees and we are here to help those facing discrimination fight back.

Harassment

Unwelcomed sexual harassment, advances, requests for sexual favors, inappropriate comments about an employee’s sex, or physical harassment of a sexual nature all fall under gender discrimination — along with unlawful harassment.

Frequent incidents of this nature or issues that create a hostile environment may be grounds for a lawsuit. This form of illegal discrimination is not confined to sexual harassment, as any harassment based on protected statuses is also unlawful when it creates a negative environment for an employee. Examples may include threats, offensive jokes, intimidation, mockery, and many other forms of mistreatment.

Retaliation

A potential consequence of reporting workplace discrimination is facing further discrimination or retaliation from an employer. It’s one of the many reasons why so many employees suffer through mistreatment. Luckily, safeguards exist to protect you and fellow staff who decide to go through with reporting discrimination against yourself or other employees.

Unjust transfers, harassment, shift cuts, demotions, or terminations are all a form of illegal retaliation. We understand how difficult and uncertain reporting discrimination in the workplace can be and will do everything in our power to protect you throughout the entire process to ensure that your rights are protected.

5-Start Client Commitment

Our experienced legal team offers unmatched service and legal advice from consult to the day your file closes. We truly care for every client that trusts our team with their future. We go above and beyond to ensure that you are heard and cared for every step of the way. While many other law firms treat you like just another case — we commit to helping you fight back against your employer.

You will have your attorney’s personal cell phone number for 24/7 on-call service, along with regular follow-ups from our legal team. You simply won’t find a better attorney-client relationship than with The Henry Law Firm. Whether you have questions about your case, concerns about the strategy, or simply want updates on the progress — we’re here for you.

Facing Employment Discrimination? Act Fast..

If you are dealing with a hostile work environment, have been a victim of discrimination in the workplace, or face repercussions for reporting incidents — it’s important that you act fast. You may be entitled to compensation under federal and state laws.

We have extensive experience with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). This authority oversees and enforces federal laws that prohibit illegal discrimination against an active employee or job applicant based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, and other protected statuses.

You deserve equal rights and protection. Our team will be honest and open with you regarding the nature of your discrimination case. The Henry Law Firm is here for you.