Race, Color, or National Origin Discrimination
If you have been singled out or treated differently from other employees because of your race, the color of your skin, or where you’re from, whether you were not hired or promoted because of it or you work in an environment where you are subjected to jokes or slurs because of it, you may have powerful legal remedies available to you.
If you have not been allowed to practice your religious beliefs by your employer or have been harassed, fired, or otherwise mistreated because of them, you may be the subject of religious discrimination and may be entitled to file a claim for compensation.
Sex, Gender, or Pregnancy discrimination
If you have been mistreated, harassed, fired, or otherwise discriminated against because of your sex, gender, pregnancy, or action involving the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), discrimination of this kind is unethical and unlawful.
Age discrimination is more common than you might imagine. Older workers over the age of 40 are protected from workplace discrimination and termination under two federal laws – the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 and the Older Workers Benefit Protection Act of 1990.
The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 prohibits employers from discriminating against qualified individuals with a disability. It is unlawful for an employer to terminate or punish a disabled employee for requesting reasonable accommodations for their disability.
Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination
While Title VII of the Civil Rights Act doesn’t explicitly protect individuals against employment discrimination based on sexual orientation, it has been interpreted to protect LGBTQ+ individuals from discrimination “because of sex” by some courts. State and local laws, including the Philadelphia Fair Practices Ordinance, also prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
Protection from Harassment or a Hostile Work Environment in Philadelphia
You may be experiencing a hostile work environment if your employer allows actions and behaviors that would be considered intimidating, hostile, or offensive to a reasonable person. But not all unfavorable workplace conditions and actions are considered legally hostile. To legally qualify as a hostile work environment, behaviors must be directed at your race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnicity, religion, age, or disability and must be so severe or pervasive that they change the conditions of your employment.
You may have a hostile work environment claim if you have been the subject of
- Unwelcome sexual advances
- Offensive jokes or pranks
- Offensive videos, photographs, or drawings
- Insults, slurs, insensitive comments, or name-calling
- Violence or threats of violence
- Transfer to a less-desirable location or job
- Threats of discipline or termination
- Unwarranted job scrutiny or discipline
It can be difficult to differentiate between unfavorable workplace conditions and legally hostile ones. If you believe you are the subject of harassment or a hostile workplace, the experienced Philadelphia discrimination lawyers at Silver & Silver will advise, guide, and advocate for you so you can seek the justice you deserve.
Understanding Wrongful Termination and Employment At-Will
Have you been unfairly terminated from your place of employment? It’s important to note that Pennsylvania is considered an “employment-at-will” state, meaning an employer has the right to terminate an employee for any reason without any explanation or notice. But at-will employment protections have exceptions, and if you have been wrongfully terminated, you have legal recourse.
In some situations, a state’s at-will status won’t matter. Your employer’s at-will protections will not apply if you’ve been terminated due to
- Being in breach of your employment contract.
- Unlawful discrimination under federal and state laws.
- Taking advantage of actions protected by the Family and Medical Leave Act.
- Exposing illegal operations within the company.
- Exposing safety violations within the company.
- Refusing to commit a crime on behalf of your employer.
- Refusing to lie to protect your employer.
- Refusing a polygraph.
- Missing work because of jury duty.
Even if an employee believes they have been wrongfully terminated, the employer may prove just cause for termination that is compliant with policies and laws. If you believe you have been wrongfully terminated or denied unemployment compensation, it is important to get the advice and guidance of an experienced Philadelphia employment attorney to understand your rights.
Your Protection From Employer Retaliation
Many employees are reluctant to file complaints of discriminatory and unsafe behavior because of the fear of dismissal or retaliation by their employer. But federal and state anti-discrimination laws protect employees who complain about workplace violations or take part in other employees’ allegations and investigations of employer retaliation.
If your employer has acted in a way that has negatively impacted your employment because you filed a complaint or participated in someone else’s complaint of discrimination or harassment, even if the complaint was found to be baseless, you are protected against any retaliatory behavior by your employer.
If you have suffered a demotion, suspension, or termination because of your involvement in a claim of workplace violations against your employer, you may be entitled to bring a claim against your employer. At Silver & Silver, we can help. Our experienced employment attorneys in Philadelphia will investigate your claim and seek compensation for unlawful behavior.
You Are Legally Entitled to a Safe Work Environment
As an employee, you are entitled to safe working conditions. Unfortunately, many employees are injured or otherwise detrimentally impacted by unsafe conditions or unsafe materials, such as asbestos exposure or other harmful chemicals at work. Many are reluctant to report safety concerns out of fear of employer retaliation or the loss of their job.
You have important legal protections if you have been harmed by an unsafe work environment. Although you may be covered by workers’ compensation benefits, this will limit your rights to hold your employer accountable. Your employer’s negligence has adversely affected you and may impact others if not addressed. Call our team of skilled Philadelphia employment lawyers to understand your rights if you’ve been injured by an unsafe work environment.
Get the Help of Our Experienced Employment Attorneys in Philadelphia
At Silver & Silver, our team of experienced and talented Philadelphia employment lawyers has protected the rights of workers for over four decades. If you believe you have suffered from workplace discrimination, wrongful termination, or an unsafe work environment, we will help you seek the legal remedies you deserve. Contact us at (610) 658-1900 or through our online contact form to schedule a no-cost consultation to discuss a potential claim.
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