Harassed or Discriminated Against?
Unfortunately, even in today's modern world, discrimination and harassment in the workplace is still extremely common. When trying to determine whether you were treated unlawfully, perhaps the most important requirement for you to have a viable employment discrimination claim due to the discrimination/harassment you are experiencing is that the discrimination/harassment must generally be motivated – in whole or in part – because you are a member of a “protected class,” or you have engaged in some type of “protected activity.” If you have a viable employment discrimination claim, you may be entitled to monetary compensation from your current or former employer to compensate you for the unlawful treatment you were subjected to.
“Protected Class” Discrimination/Harassment
If you have been discriminated against or harassed in any way because of your gender, race, age, disability, medical condition, or veteran status, you likely have a viable employment discrimination claim, because each of the aforementioned characteristics are “legally protected” by at least one (and in some cases, multiple) federal, state, and/or local laws. If you were harassed or discriminated against at work because of your gender, race, age, disability, medical condition, or veteran status, you should call the NDB Law Firm today, as there is a good chance that you may have a viable employment discrimination claim.
“Protected Activity” Discrimination/Harassment
Similarly, if you have been discriminated against or harassed in any way because you took part in any legally “protected activity,” (including but not limited to the examples of protected activity listed below), you should call the NDB Law firm today, as you may have a viable employment discrimination claim if anyone in the workplace treated you unfairly because you:
- Reported harassment, discrimination, or other potentially unlawful treatment to your employer.
- Asked your boss, supervisor, or co-workers to stop harassing or discriminating against you.
- Asked to take medical leave (including but not limited to FMLA-protected medical leave).
- Filed a workers compensation claim.
What Is Unlawful Harassment?
Unlawful Harassment can take a variety of forms, including but not limited to each of the following:
- Inappropriate verbal comments about your race, age, gender, disability, or because you engaged in protected activity or are in another protected class.
- Inappropriate e-mails or other written comments targeted at you because you are in a protected class or engaged in protected activity.
- Sexual harassment, including but not limited to unwanted physical touching of any kind from your supervisors or co-workers.
- Unwanted sexual advances from your supervisors or co-workers.
- Quid Pro Quo Sexual Harassment, where your compliance with a boss or supervisor’s sexual advances results in you being treated more favorably (or, conversely, where your rejection of these sexual advances results in you being treated less favorably).
Remember, your claim may be time barred if you wait too long to take formal action to pursue your rights, so you should call immediately if you think you may have a legal claim. Determining when your claims will be time barred because you waited too long to take action is a complicated determination that should only be made by a licensed attorney who practices employment law in Pittsburgh.
If you think that you may have been unlawfully harassed, targeted, or discriminated against, call the NDB Law Firm today at 412-301-2444 to schedule a free and confidential telephone consultation with a Pittsburgh Employment Attorney.