Protecting Employees From Workplace Discrimination

The Federal Civil Rights Act of 1964 outlawed discrimination based on a person's race, religion, gender and national origin. Subsequent laws have also prohibited workplace discrimination based on a person's age. Despite this decades long history, discrimination in the workplace is still a very real problem. If you believe that you have been the victim of employment discrimination, it is important to seek advice from an experienced lawyer as soon as possible.

At the law firm of Johnson & Monteleone, LLP, our attorneys are dedicated to protecting the rights of workers throughout Idaho. To schedule an initial consultation at our law offices in Boise, call 208-488-4944.

Age Discrimination

In 1967, Congress passed the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA). The ADEA is designed to protect individuals over the age of 40 from being discriminated against because of their age at their current place of employment or while seeking a job. The ADEA applies to most businesses that employ 20 or more people. Age discrimination is prohibited in most facets of employment, including those involving:

  • Hiring
  • Compensation
  • Training
  • Promotions
  • Job assignments
  • Layoffs

Gender Discrimination

Gender discrimination occurs when a person is treated less favorably, due to their gender, than other employees in the same or similar position. Examples of gender discrimination may include:

  • Less pay for the same work
  • Being passed over for raises or promotions
  • Being given less favorable job assignments

Discrimination may be intentional or unintentional. Regardless, when your employer engages in discrimination based on your gender, the law has been violated and you may have grounds to sue.

Religious Discrimination

Not only are employers prohibited from discriminating employees because of their religion, they are also obligated to reasonably accommodate an employee's religious practices unless doing so would create an undue hardship for the business. Some examples of a reasonable religious accommodation include:

  • Flexible scheduling
  • Job reassignments
  • Exceptions to dress code policies
  • Allowing observances of a Sabbath or a religious holiday

The key phrases to keep in mind when it comes to religious accommodations are "reasonable" and "undue hardship." An employer may well be within in their rights if they refuse to make certain accommodations. It is important to speak with a lawyer to determine whether you have a strong claim.

Racial Discrimination

When a person is treated less favorably than the same or similarly qualified employees based on his or her race or national origin, it is considered to be racial discrimination. As with other forms of discrimination, this frequently occurs when a person is paid less for the same work, is passed over for promotion, or is given less favorable assignments. Racial discrimination protections extend beyond the workplace to cover consumers, as well. We can let you know what your options are if you believe you have been racially discriminated against.

Contact Us For Help With Your Employment Law Issues

Discrimination has no place in a work environment. We can help you protect your rights. Call us at 208-488-4944 or contact us online to schedule an initial consultation. We provide legal services for both English and Spanish speakers.