There are many different categories of employment discrimination in Washington State. Discrimination can take many shapes and forms, including age, disability, race, credit, housing, military status. The Beverly Grant Law Firm, P.S. handles all types of discrimination. Employees usually seek legal advice after being denied a promotion, demoted, or wrongfully terminated. They seek assistance when they believe that they have been retaliated against and/or the work environment has become so untenable that there is no other alternative other than to resign. Often an employer will try to justify their employment decisions on a non-discriminatory reason, such as poor performance in the workplace, personality issues or tardiness. An employee can defeat this reason if it can be shown that the employer’s reason is pre-textual meaning a ruse or excuse that is not supported by the evidence. Prompt employee action is required. Contact Beverly Grant Law Firm, P.S. to find out what your rights are.
In Washington State, it is illegal and wrong for employers to discriminate against employees because of their race, skin color, or national origin. As such, under The Washington State Law Against Discrimination (WLAD), it is unlawful for Washington State employers to treat employees differently because they are of a different race or because of the country or world geographic region the employee or their family originated.
Age Discrimination: Both Washington State law and federal law prohibit discrimination in the workplace because of an individual’s age. Under The Washington State Law Against Discrimination, it is illegal for an employer to discriminate against an employee based on age if the employee is 40 or older. The federal law, Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) makes it illegal for an employer to discriminate against a person who is age 40 or older. Also, the Older Workers Benefit Protection Act provides remedies to those who are laid off as a result of a reduction in force and affords due process remedies in severance agreements.
Disability Discrimination: Washington State law and federal law prohibits any employer or other covered entity from discriminating in employment against individuals or persons because of a disability or a perceived disability unless there is a bona fide occupational qualification for the job that the employee’s disability impedes them from doing. Disability discrimination can include a wide variety of situations including: wrongful termination, failure to hire or promote, and other mistreatment of employees based on disability status.
Hostile Working Environment: It is also illegal under state and federal laws to create a hostile work environment because of a person’s protected class status (race, color, creed, national origin, sex, veteran or military stats, sexual orientation) or a discriminatory reason. An individual may feel that their work is scrutinized so much that a reasonable person would not stay. That person may began to exhibit withdrawn symptoms, develop anxiety disorders, become agoraphobic or simply cannot stand to be at work anymore. Various avenues are available to get the employee customized help to overcome the working environment.
Religious Discrimination: State and federal laws also make it illegal for employers to discriminate against employees because of their religion, religious beliefs, or religious practices. Further, employers have an obligation to offer a reasonable accommodation relating to an employee’s religious practices. What constitutes a reasonable accommodation can depend on the job and the impact the employee’s religious beliefs may have on the particular type of business or services offered.
Sex Discrimination: Sex discrimination or discrimination based upon an employee’s gender is illegal in Washington State. The Washington State Law Against Discrimination, Title VII and other laws make it illegal to discriminate against employees because of their sex or gender.
Retaliation: In Washington State it is illegal for employers or Human Resources departments to discriminate against an employee who brought to their attention an issue of discrimination.
LGBT Discrimination: Any discrimination based on a person's sexual orientation or gender identity; in many jurisdictions, it is prohibited to discriminate against a member of the LGBT community in hiring, promotion, job assignments, termination, and compensation
If you need the services of a California or Washington State discrimination lawyer, it is important to seek a lawyer with experience and an excellent reputation. The Beverly Grant Law firm, P.S. is distinguished by its expertise and extensive skills in Civil Rights and Employment Law.