Employment and Discrimination Law

Employment and Discrimination Law

If you’ve been discriminated against at work it can be stressful to then spend your week days going back to the same place that it happened. Justice must be done. Your employer has an obligation to investigate your complaint and you may then sue your employer no matter what the finding is. You may have an Equal Employment Opportunity Office sue your employer or if you want to avoid the bureaucracy that often comes with government agencies you can hire a private attorney like ours for a personal approach and strong advocacy.

Ms. Davis is an attorney who has previously worked in federal government, so she understands what federal employees face. Whether you are a federal employee or a private sector employee, Ms. Davis can help you through your discrimination claim. Ms. Davis believes in obtaining justice for her clients, empowering them, and working hard to gain the best results possible for their circumstances.

Types of Discrimination

The law prohibits discrimination based on: age, disability, (un)equal compensation, harassment, national origin, pregnancy, race or color, religion, retaliation, sex, and sexual harassment. Additional acts of employer misconduct, such as retaliation for coming forward with a discrimination claim may come in the form of demotion, harassment, termination, are prohibited acts as well. Whisteblower laws protect employees from such retaliation.

The Process

If you believe you have a case you first must first go through an administrative process. First report the misconduct to your Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) office within 45 days of the misconduct if you are a federal employee or within 180 days if you are not a federal employee. Your employer might try to resolve the matter with mediation. You have the right to file a formal complaint if no mediated resolution is reached. Your EEO office will provide guidance on what to expect.

After the adminsitrative process you can then file a law suit against your employer. However, it is helpful to speak to an attorney early on so that you are fully informed about the strength of your case and whether mediation or a law suit is the better option.

Remedies

If you choose to file a law suit the type of remedies available to you are compensatory damages and punitive damages. Compensatory damages are any out of pocket expenses related to the discrimination and pain and suffering. Punitive damages may be awarded to punish the employer for discrimination involving malicious or wreckless acts. For age and gender-based equal pay discrimination only liquidated damages in the amount of back pay can be awarded as a remedy instead.

If you have a discrimination claim call 202.870.3021 or email info@pdavislawfirm.com.