Boston Workplace Discrimination Lawyer
Discrimination in the Workplace
You’ve been treated unfairly at work. You’re upset. What can you do about it?
You have rights and there are laws to protect you against discrimination in the workplace, as defined by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Fair Employment Practices Act, the Massachusetts Civil Rights Act, and Massachusetts general laws, chapter 151B.
Types of discrimination:
It is not a violation of the law if you work in a lousy work environment or if your boss is a jerk and doesn’t treat you well or fairly. However, the law does protect certain classes or groups from discrimination. This includes discrimination or unequal treatment based on race, gender, national origin, religion, handicap, age or sex. For example, sex discrimination happens when you’re passed up for promotion or treated differently because of your gender or your sexual orientation, or if you’re discriminated against based on sex-linked characteristics, such as being married or pregnant. It is a violation of law if you’re treated differently from others in a similar position at your workplace based on these groups or classes. In addition, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) covers handicap/disability discrimination while the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) covers age discrimination.
If you feel that you’ve been discriminated against, you may be entitled to compensation for emotional distress, lost wages, medical benefits and attorney’s fees.
The first thing you should do is report it to your supervisor and your company’s human resource department. If the person causing the problem happens to be your supervisor, notify their supervisor and the human resources department. The next thing you should do is contact an experienced discrimination attorney for advice. You may be entitled to:
- Back pay
- Future lost earnings
- Emotional distress
- Punitive damages
- Attorney’s fees and costs
We’ll evaluate your claim to determine what causes of action you may have under the law. The law protects you and gives you rights to equality. We want to protect those rights. We have been helping victims of discrimination for more than 50 years. Contact us
Timing is important.
In Massachusetts there’s a 300-day statute of limitations from the date of the most recent offense or termination to file a claim for discrimination in the workplace. In other words, if those 300 days have lapsed, you would be unable to file a claim. Therefore it is extremely important that you seek legal advice immediately if you feel that you’ve been discriminated against. You are not alone.