As a country, we've made tremendous strides in reducing the prevalence of racial and sexual discrimination in our society. We're now at a point where it's unacceptable, both legally and socially, to openly state a bias in employment against someone based on their race or gender.
However, that doesn't mean employment discrimination is a thing of the past. It still exists- it's just more subtle than it was. Job seekers still suffer discrimination, as do employees trying to get through a day of work.
Our employment lawyer stands ready to help if you've suffered discrimination in either hiring or workplace responsibilities. Such discrimination is unacceptable, and we believe in fighting for victims.
If you need an experienced employment discrimination lawyer in Virginia, please call Mr. Shoemaker today at 757-223-4580. Our firm is located in Virginia, but we welcome employment law cases from across the country.
Examples of Employment Discrimination
Depending on where you live and the nature of your industry, you have a number of legal protections against employment discrimination. These include protections for:
- Sexual orientation
- Using family or medical leave time
Again, the specific laws that are relevant to your case will be dependent on your unique circumstances. For example, there is private sector protection for sexual orientation in Virginia. But there is protection for public sector employees, and a handful of municipalities in the state offer such protections. And the laws vary across the country.
What Is Employment Discrimination?
When we talk about employment discrimination, we're usually talking about a concept with two dimensions. The first is discrimination in employment – that is, basing hiring decisions on one of the criteria listed above.
The second is discrimination inside the workplace. Employers are not allowed to make managerial decisions about workers' responsibilities or salaries based on race, gender, age or any other of the protected categories we've already discussed.
When considering legal action and trying to choose the right employment discrimination lawyer, you should look for an attorney with ample experience. Mr. Shoemaker has been handling tricky, complicated employment discrimination cases for more than 20 years. He knows how to effectively represent his clients against large, wealthy companies.
If you've suffered employment discrimination, choose the right lawyer. Please call Mr. Shoemaker today at 757-223-4580. Patten, Wornom, Hatten & Diamonstein is located in Virginia, but we welcome employment law cases from across the country.