Delaware County Employment Lawyers
Fighting Against Employment Discrimination in the Delaware Valley
Employment discrimination, while it can take on various forms and different levels of severity, is always illegal in the eyes of state and federal laws. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 ensures that no individual is to be discriminated against in the workplace based on “race, color, religion, sex and national origin.” While the Civil Rights Act has protected employee rights for over 50 years, much remains to be done.
Delaware County discrimination lawyers at Sidney L. Gold & Associates, P.C. have represented and won compensation for employees in a myriad of different discrimination cases.
Under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), workers who are 40 years and older are protected from discriminatory hiring and employment practice based on their age. When older workers are passed over for promotions or selected for a lay off over a younger, less experienced employee, age discrimination may have occurred.
Individuals with disabilities are protected under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Employers who refuse to hire or accommodate disabled employees are acting in violation of these laws. Furthermore, those who are in any way associated with a disabled individual, be it a familial, business or social relationship, are protected from discrimination as well.
While not a protected class under the Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, individuals in the LGBTQ community can still pursue a claim for discrimination. Transgender employees may experience discrimination based on their gender expression, uniforms, or accommodations for restrooms. Many employers will also refuse to hire lesbian and gay workers because they do not see them as professional. For such reasons, even highly-qualified LGBTQ workers are fighting for visibility in the workplace. Those who have been denied employment or promotion based on their sexual orientation or gender expression are urged to file a discrimination claim.
The Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978 amended Title VII to protect the rights of pregnant workers. The Act prohibits sex discrimination in hiring and employment decisions on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and any other pregnancy related conditions.
Federal law prohibits that employees be treated in a way that coincides with stereotypes or assumptions of abilities based on race. If an individual believes that they were denied employment, or were refused a responsibility or promotion based partially or wholly on their race, then they may have a valid race discrimination claim.
Furthermore, individuals who must deal with hostile work environments whereby their abilities are constantly put into question because of their race, or who are subject to racial slurs should consult with our Delaware County discrimination lawyers.
Religious discrimination often involves religious practices, dress, and holidays not being respected by the employer. Workers who miss out on holidays, are barred from wearing any religious garb, or are denied employment or promotion based on their religion should seek out the aid of a skilled lawyer who will defend their rights.
Additionally, workers who have disparaging remarks made to or about them regarding their faith may have a valid claim for religious discrimination.
Sex and Gender Discrimination
Contrary to popular belief, sex discrimination is not just male-on-female; all genders are susceptible to it, even from their own gender. Most oftentimes, individuals will be discriminated against due to persisting gender roles. A female may be denied a job that has been traditionally male-dominated or vice-versa for a male. Regardless of the industry, individuals should not have their career stymied based on their gender.
Delaware County Employment Lawyers at Sidney L. Gold & Associates, P.C. Defend Against All Forms of Discrimination
If you or a loved one has suffered discrimination based on gender, disability, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, or race, then you are urged to contact Sidney L. Gold & Associates, P.C. For over 40 years, our team of Delaware County employment discrimination lawyers has advocated and won compensation for those who have suffered from retaliation or discrimination. For more information on how we can fight for your rights, contact us online or call our Philadelphia offices at 215-569-1999 where we advocate for employees in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York.