No employee deserves to suffer workplace discrimination. Unfortunately, discrimination is common in many Atlanta workplaces. In 2020 alone, American employees filed nearly 100,000 discrimination complaints with the EEOC. If you’re an employment discrimination victim, You should contact an Atlanta workplace discrimination lawyer.
The Atlanta employment dispute lawyers at Graham Scofield Injury Lawyers can help you. We’ll evaluate your potential claims. Then, we’ll explain your legal options. If you have a strong case, we can help you negotiate a settlement. We can also sue your employer if they won’t negotiate with us.
Call us today at (404) 939-9470. Also you may fill-out our online contact form to schedule a free case review with an Atlanta workplace discrimination lawyer.
Who Does the Law Protect from Employment Discrimination?
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination on the following bases:
- National Origin
In 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Bostock v. Clayton County that employers also may not discriminate on the basis of sexual identity. Therefore, it’s now unlawful for a covered employer to discriminate against gay and transgender employees.
Disparate Treatment Employment Discrimination
Historically, employment discrimination was overt. It frequently took the form of racist, bigoted, or sexually offensive verbal insults. Nowadays, employment discrimination is subtler. For instance, some employment practices seem “neutral” on their face. However, they adversely impact one group of people with a protected characteristic (e.g. race, or age).
For instance, an employer might lay off a substantial number of its high-earning employees as part of a cost-cutting maneuver. At first glance, that decision wouldn’t be illegal. However, if the highest-earning employees were also over the age of 40, then the reduction-in-force might be illegal.
Disparate impact discrimination also occurs when an employer selectively enforces one of its conduct policies. Here’s an example:
Employee A is white. Employee B is black. Both employees are senior managers at a Fortune 500 company (the “employer”). When the two individuals applied for their positions at the company, they each filled out a conflict-of-interest questionnaire. That form required them to disclose whether they had an ownership interest in any competing outside businesses. Both individuals should have answered “yes,” to that question, but they left the response blank.
Six months later, employee B is fired because he didn’t disclose his potential competing business. Employee A isn’t disciplined at all. Under those circumstances, the employer might have illegally discriminated against employee B because it punished employee B for misconduct that employee A also committed. The only difference between the two employees was their race.
Our Atlanta Workplace Discrimination Lawyers Can Help You
The Atlanta employment discrimination attorneys at Graham Scofield Injury Lawyers have successfully represented many discrimination victims. We’re glad to help you, as well.
Call us today at (404) 939-9470. Also, you may fill-out our online contact form to schedule a free case review with an Atlanta workplace discrimination lawyer.