For many North Carolinians, workplace discrimination and harassment can strip away the sense of pride and security your job provides. No employee deserves to be put in that position. Fortunately, both state and federal law protect employees from illegal workplace discrimination and harassment.

What is Workplace Discrimination?
Discrimination in the workplace is defined as being treated differently or unfairly and can occur in a variety of ways, including decisions regarding hiring and firing, failure to promote, demotions, layoffs and decreases in compensation. However, not all forms of discrimination or unfair treatment are illegal. In order to bring a legal claim, the discrimination must be based on or motivated by one of the following legally-protected categories:

  • Age
  • Color
  • Disability
  • National Origin
  • Race
  • Religion
  • Sex (including pregnancy)

What is Workplace Harassment?
Workplace discrimination can also take the form of harassment when a supervisor or co-worker says or does something that creates an intimidating, hostile or threatening work environment. Harassment consists of repeated derogatory comments, jokes or other unfavorable treatment. However, in order to be considered illegal, the harassment must be based on a protected category – age, color, disability, national origin, race, religion and sex – and it must be so “severe or pervasive” that it interferes with the employee’s ability to perform their job.

Don’t Delay, Fight Back
If you believe you have been illegally discriminated against or harassed at work, it is essential that you speak with an employment attorney or file a claim as soon as possible. These claims are extremely time-sensitive, so any delay may jeopardize your legal right to file a claim. Harman Law, PLLC is prepared to provide you with the honest, authentic and effective legal counsel you deserve.