you should feel comfortable in your workplace!
When you start a job, you expect to work for fair compensation and have a respectful relationship with your supervisors and coworkers along the way. Unfortunately, some people in the workplace use their words and actions in a way that is discriminatory, bigoted, or otherwise inappropriate, creating a hostile work environment for others. Such a situation can affect employees’ performance as well as their overall well-being. Employees who are affected can sometimes feel powerless to speak up, but in fact, there are protections in place to help hold even management accountable in these situations.
At Harman Law, our discrimination lawyers have seen firsthand what discrimination can do to a person’s confidence and self-esteem, and want you to know you are not alone if you have suffered discrimination in the workplace. You have legal options, and we will work tirelessly for you to hold your employer accountable if you’ve been discriminated against based on your age, religion, race, or other protected status. By taking legal action with a Harman Law discrimination lawyer, you may be eligible to recover fair compensation, including back pay, out-of-pocket expenses, future earnings, and emotional distress.
You don’t have to accept discrimination and the consequences that come with it. Because of their sensitive and highly-contentious nature, civil discrimination lawsuits can be incredibly involved and complicated. It is important to take action as soon as possible to bring this treatment to light and not miss your chance to see that justice is served.
Do i need an attorney?
If you have been terminated due to your race, sexual orientation, or other unfair reason, or are currently being discriminated against at your workplace, your emotions may be justifiably running high. You know you were wronged, but you may not know how to hold those responsible accountable for their actions.
The essential elements of a discrimination lawsuit are knowing whether or not you have a case and being able to back up your claim with evidence. Proving discrimination is no easy task; however, by working with a discrimination lawyer from Harman Law, you can give yourself the best chance possible of gathering and presenting evidence and negotiating with your employer to recover the financial damages you deserve.
types of employment law cases we handle
Both federal and North Carolina state laws make it illegal to discriminate against or terminate any employee based on inherent characteristics and traits that are part of an individual’s biological or personal makeup. These guidelines are outlined in the North Carolina Equal Employment Practices Act and the 1992 Retaliatory Employment Discrimination Act. Contact a Lake Norman discrimination attorney from Harman Law today if you have been discriminated against or terminated for any of the following reasons:
- Nation of origin
- Pregnancy, childbirth, and any related medical conditions
- Physical and mental disabilities
- Age (40 or older)
- Genetic information
- Gender identity
- Sexual orientation
- Military service
- Sickle cell or hemoglobin C trait
- Using a legal product away from work (alcohol, tobacco, prescription medication prescribed to you by a doctor)
If you feel you have been discriminated against at your place of work for any of the above reasons, you have options and legal rights. You must first file a charge of discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) within 180 or 300 days of the instance of discrimination, depending on the claim. You can then ask for a right-to-sue letter proving you filed a charge with the agency so you can pursue a lawsuit against your employer.
frequently asked questions
Employment and discrimination law can be incredibly confusing and detailed. At Harman Law, we know you have questions and we are happy to answer every question you have throughout your case. To get started, here are a few answers to the most common questions we hear regarding workplace discrimination:
is there a time limit for filing my case?
One of the many benefits of working with an experienced discrimination attorney is knowing that you will never miss a deadline for filing paperwork or taking action. After filing a charge of discrimination with the EEOC and receiving a right-to-sue letter, you must then file the lawsuit within 90 days of the issuing of the letter. Additionally, the lawsuit typically must be filed within two years of the discriminatory act, although there are some cases where the lawsuit is based on state law (where the plaintiff has three years to take legal action).
What happens after filing charges with the EEOC?
After filing a charge with the EEOC, you should receive a copy of your charge and charge number, and your employer should receive a copy and notice within 10 days. The EEOC may then request you and your employer take part in mediation, ask the employer for his or her side of the story, or dismiss the claim. If the EEOC decides to investigate, it will then begin gathering evidence, documents, and statements from witnesses before reaching a decision. If they determine discrimination did occur, they will try to reach a settlement. If they determine it didn’t occur, they will issue you a “Notice of Right to Sue,” giving you permission to file a lawsuit in court if you wish.
Are all employers subject to anti-discrimination laws?
Federal anti-discrimination laws apply to all North Carolina employers with at least 15 employees. There are a few exceptions: in the case of age discrimination, the employer must have 20 or more employees; citizenship status discrimination applies to employers with four or more employees, and equal pay for both men and women applies to all employers.