Chester County Employment Lawyers
Defending Employee Rights in the Delaware Valley
The professional world is rapidly changing. Practices that were common years ago are now shunned. Women and minorities now hold more professional positions than ever before. However, despite all of this progress, discrimination in the workplace still persists, although many would agree that it is less blatant now than it was before.
Employment discrimination is still illegal in any form. Chester County employment lawyers remind professionals that discriminatory hiring practices, promotions, and terminations still persist in the workplace.
At Sidney L. Gold & Associates, P.C., our employee discrimination lawyers have adapted to this ever-changing work dynamic, and, as a result, have become more skilled at detecting the more latent, institutional forms of employee discrimination. Our legal team has successfully represented clients who have suffered from every conceivable form of discrimination, including but not limited to the following:
Complications in retirement plans and Social Security have led many older individuals to look for a new job or continue working in their current one. Whatever their reason for working, older employees have the right to employment.
As long as it does not impede on their ability to work, age should not be a factor when considering an employee for a position. Should it be discovered that an individual was denied employment based on his or her age, then they may have a viable age discrimination claim. Federal protections are in place to protect workers ages 40 and older from discriminatory treatment based on age.
Individuals in the LGBTQ community have been fighting for representation in the professional world for decades now. Sadly, The Civil Rights Act of 1964 does cover LGBTQ employees as a protected class. However, this does not mean that a victim of LGTBQ discrimination should not pursue the matter in court.
Our Chester County employment lawyers are staunch allies for the LGBTQ community and have successfully defended their rights in numerous cases. Additionally, our employment lawyers note that transgender discrimination in the workplace has increased as these individuals seek more representation in the professional world. We are dedicated to protecting the rights of these individuals in the workplace.
Women who are pregnant, nursing or experiencing any other condition related to pregnancy or childbirth are protected against discriminatory practices by federal laws including Title VII and the Pregnancy in Discrimination Act. Employers must treat a pregnant worker the same as any other employee with a temporary disability and accommodate them accordingly.
Racial discrimination in the workplace today usually manifests itself in the form of jokes or false assumptions based on one’s race. And while simple teasing may not be protected under The Civil Rights Act of 1964, if this behavior persists even after the employee has lodged a complaint about it, it can be ruled as discrimination.
Furthermore, if a stereotype factors into an employee’s consideration for a position in any way, then it is considered to be racial discrimination.
While our society’s move into a more secular professional world has taken religion out of the workplace, individuals still have a constitutional right to wear any necessary religious garb or observe any religious holidays that are important to their faith.
As long as the religious garb in question does not impede on the efficiency of the employee’s work or compromise their safety in any way, then the employer cannot bar it from the workplace. Furthermore, if an employer denies an employee a day off for a religious observance and there was no scheduling conflict or short notice, then it could be ruled as religious discrimination.
Sex and Gender Discrimination
Contrary to popular belief, men are just as susceptible to gender discrimination as females, and have had viable cases in the past. Sex and gender discrimination often coincides with society’s preconceived notions of what certain sexes can and cannot do, known as gender roles. In the professional world, sex and gender should not be a determinant of an employee’s ability to perform in a certain position.
Chester County Employment Lawyers at Sidney L. Gold & Associates, P.C. Defend the Rights of Workers
If you or somebody you love has been denied employment or terminated, and you suspect that discrimination played a part, then you are urged to contact Sidney L. Gold & Associates, P.C. We will thoroughly investigate your claim and determine if discrimination played a part. From there we will do whatever we can to pursue compensation in court.
Call our Philadelphia, Pennsylvania offices at 215-569-1999 or contact us online to schedule your complimentary consultation with one of our Chester County employment lawyers.