Dublin Discrimination & Protected Classes Lawyer

You may be familiar with the general meaning of “discrimination,” but do you know how it applies in the workplace? Discriminating against someone means treating that person differently — typically, less favorably — for some reason. Discrimination can happen anywhere, but it can be very frustrating when it happens in the workplace. Discrimination may be present at any point of the employment process, including hiring, wages, training, firing, promotions, and benefits.

There are federal laws that protect you from discrimination. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is responsible for protecting you from employment discrimination. There are several federal laws that impact employees, such as Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, The Equal Pay Act of 1963, The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and The Pregnancy Discrimination Act.

There are also state laws that offer protections for those in protected classes. However, Ohio requires strict processes and there are many restrictions involved.

If you have been discriminated against for being in a protected class. A Dublin discrimination & protected classes lawyer from Oliver Law can guide you through the process.

What Are Protected Classes?

If your boss simply does not like you, that is not considered discrimination. Discrimination is based on protected classes such as the following:

  • Race
  • Color
  • National origin
  • Citizenship status
  • Religion
  • Pregnancy and childbirth
  • Genetic information
  • Sexual orientation
  • Gender identity
  • Disability
  • Age (40 and older)

Types of Employment Discrimination 

Employment discrimination may involve situations such as the following:

  • Unfair treatment due to your race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, pregnancy, disability, age, or genetic information
  • Harassment by managers or co-workers due to your race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, pregnancy, disability, age, or genetic information
  • Inappropriate questions about your medical or genetic information
  • Denial of a reasonable accommodation that you need because of your disability or religious beliefs
  • Retaliation against you because you filed a complaint against your employer as a whistleblower 

Ohio Discrimination Laws

Each state is different when it comes to employment discrimination. In Ohio, for example, employers are not allowed to ask about applicants’ protected class status, unless it is required for the position and has been certified in advance by the Ohio Civil Rights Commission. Also, employers cannot use quota systems to discriminate.

Employers are allowed to inquire into an applicant’s ability to perform job-related functions with or without reasonable accommodations and without significant danger to the safety of themselves and others.

Contact Oliver Law Office Today 

There is no room for discrimination in the workplace or any other environment. If you have been treated unfairly at your job and have faced punishment, you may be able to file a claim against your employer.

Oliver Law Office can help you understand the state and federal laws involved when it comes to discrimination in the workplace. Fill out the online form or call (614) 220-9100 to speak to a Dublin discrimination & protected classes lawyer today.