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Civil Rights

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Many employees belong to a "protected class" of individuals; i.e., race, color, gender, disability, religion, ancestry, national origin, marital status, age, or sexual orientation. Whether it is hiring, granting promotions, assigning jobs, setting wages, or disciplining and terminating employees, employers are obligated to treat all members of a protected class the same as they would treat everyone else. In other words, it is illegal for employers to discriminate against these employees in most aspects of employment.

There are many different ways in which people experience discrimination in employment. In some cases, the difference in treatment can be blatant, such as offensive comments about one's gender or ethnic characteristics. More typically, however, the difference in treatment is subtle, such as job assignments and promotions.

A broad range of employment discrimination provisions exist under federal, state, and local laws. We work with both employers and employees to prevent and remedy these issues.

Many employment laws have time sensitive deadlines. If you think you have been the victim of harassment, intimidation, or discrimination please bring your questions and concerns to our attention at the earliest possible date to determine the applicable filing deadline and ensure that rights have not been waived.