Despite the fact that most employers are familiar with employment laws, including those opposing discrimination, trouble still comes to the forefront from time to time. Discrimination in the workplace remains an issue that can impact any worker in any state.
It is not against the law for your boss to act in an unfriendly, rude manner. It isn’t even against the law for your company to provide a poor work environment. What is a violation of the law, however, is discrimination against an applicant or worker based on disability, race, national origin, gender, handicap, religion, sex, or age.
If you are disabled, for example, your employer is expected to provide reasonable accommodation. This is defined by U.S. Office of Personnel Management as follows:
“Reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that allows an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job functions, or enjoy equal access to benefits available to other individuals in the workplace.”
A victim of workplace discrimination may be in position to file a lawsuit to receive compensation for: back pay, future lost earnings, emotional distress, and punitive damages.
Getting on the right track often starts with contacting a qualified attorney.