Employment Discrimination

What is Employment Discrimination?

West Virginia Employment Discrimination Attorney

It is illegal for an employer in West Virginia to discriminate against employees and job applicants on the basis of a protected class, such as race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex or disability. If you believe that you have been the victim of employment discrimination in any form, you can find help seeking redress by contacting the Fitzsimmons Law Firm PLLC. Attorneys with the firm have been defending the rights of people in your situation since 1978, recovering in excess of half a Billion dollars in verdicts and settlements in the process. A West Virginia personal injury lawyer from the firm will speak with you in detail to determine whether you have grounds for a discrimination lawsuit.

Discrimination in the workplace takes many forms, but they all have in common the fact that the victim is treated adversely as a result of being a member of a protected class. Refusal to hire applicants of a certain ethnic background is a common example, as well as sexual harassment or denying a promotion to a pregnant woman. You can file a discrimination complaint against your employer, supervisor or your co-worker, and the company is required to make a full investigation and take any type of appropriate action to put an end to the situation and discipline those who have violated your rights. If you have been penalized or have suffered retaliation for speaking up about discrimination, you may be able to recover damages by filing a whistleblower claim.

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In addition to refusals to hire and other adverse actions, discrimination includes any type of derogatory remarks or offensive humor. Isolated incidents do not usually provide grounds for a discrimination lawsuit, and it is necessary to supply proof of frequent or pervasive behavior which creates a hostile work environment. You have rights against employer discrimination, including federal protections under Title VII, as well as Section 5-11-1 of the West Virginia Code. You may be entitled to a settlement including back pay, promotion or hiring and punitive damages.

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