Stand Up Against Workplace Discrimination
The employment attorneys at Johnson Johnson Lucas & Middleton enforce the rights of workers. We represent private and public employees in disputes with employers at trial and on appeal to secure fair compensation for our clients and build workplace fairness through the law.
What To Know About Discrimination
As an employee, you have rights that are protected by state and federal law. In Oregon, you cannot be discriminated against in the workplace because of your race, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, national origin or religion. You have the right to be paid for the work you perform, on-site or off, and you have the right to work in a workplace free from unlawful harassment. Firing an employee in retaliation for whistleblowing, or because they filed a workers’ compensation claim, or complained of discrimination, or missed work because of military obligations, is not legal.
Unequal pay, pregnancy discrimination, wrongful termination, failure to promote qualified candidates – all could be grounds for a legal claim. Employers who deny medical leave, or who refuse to accommodate an employee with a disability, could be in violation of the law. Sexual harassment creates a frightening, hostile workplace environment and is illegal.
Why You Need An Employment Lawyer
Employment claims are usually complex and can be difficult to prove. The phrase “at will” can be intimidating – and confusing – to employees who feel they may not have a claim. Discrimination is often subtle. Catch phrases such as “downsizing” could be given to justify your termination or loss of promotion, even as your employer retains or promotes other, less qualified candidates.
Failure to file a claim within a legally determined period of time could prohibit you from seeking the justice you deserve, so it’s important that you contact an attorney as soon as possible.