Equal employment opportunity laws provide a number of important protections to workers in the U.S. Enforced by officials at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), these laws essentially establish some important rights that employees have, as well as what workers should do if these rights have been violated.
In general, the four fundamental rights that workers have under EEO laws include:
- The right to not be unfairly treated by an employer due to their color, race, religion, sex (or state of pregnancy), age (when it’s 40 or older), national origin, disability or genetic information.
- The right to not be harassed by anyone in a workplace due to their color, race, national origin, sex (or state of pregnancy), age, disability or genetic information
- The right to reasonable work accommodations for a worker’s disability or religious beliefs – While these accommodations can include equipment or aides (such as ramps for disabled workers), they can also include schedule accommodations, etc. to allow for the observance of certain religious holidays, etc.
- The right to not be the target of retaliation for filing a complaint regarding discrimination or harassment at work or for assisting in the investigations of such complaints.
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- Not all employers are bound to EEO law, as there are different coverage requirements for private employers versus government agencies, labor unions, etc.
- The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 makes it illegal for employers to discriminate against workers on the basis of their citizenship status.
- There are strict time limits for filing EEOC claims, with these limits being as short as 45 days from the date of the incident in some cases. So, it’s important to act now – and not wait – to pursue a claim.
- Consulting an experienced employment & discrimination lawyer can be essential to understanding your rights and best options for proceeding, as an attorney can help you identify and pursue all available legal remedies.
Contact a Los Angeles Employment & Discrimination Attorney at Urbanic & Associates
Have you been the target of workplace discrimination, harassment or retaliation? If so, you can turn to Los Angeles employment & discrimination attorney at Urbanic & Associates for help defending your rights and pursuing justice. Since 2000, our lawyers have been dedicated, aggressive advocates for our clients, helping them stand up to even the most formidable opponents in any legal setting.
If you think that you have been the target of workplace discrimination, harassment or retaliation, it’s time to take action. Let’s talk about your options for justice. To speak directly to Attorney James Urbanic, call (310) 216-0900 or send our firm an email using the contact form on this page.
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