Discrimination in the workplace is very real, and without a clear understanding of what your rights are, you may become a victim. Here's what you need to know about your rights in the workplace, and what to do if you've been discriminated against on the job: 1. You Have the Right Not to Be Asked
Discrimination in the workplace is very real, and without a clear understanding of what your rights are, you may become a victim.
Here's what you need to know about your rights in the workplace, and what to do if you've been discriminated against on the job:
1. You Have the Right Not to Be Asked Certain Questions in an Interview
An employer is legally only allowed to ask questions that directly relate to your:
- experience, or
- the position available.
Employers are not allowed to ask questions about your race, gender, age, disability status, sexual orientation, religion, or marital status.
If an employer violates your rights and asks inappropriate questions, you can report their actions to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). If the employer does not hire you despite being fully qualified for the job and you suspect it is due to your race, age, gender, or disability status, you may be able to file a claim of discrimination.
2. You Have the Right Not to Be Discriminated Against Based on Misconception
If you were discriminated against or harassed in the workplace due to a misconception, you may still have a claim.
For example, it is illegal to discriminate against an individual for being homosexual, even if they are only perceived to be homosexual and are actually heterosexual. The same holds true for any other type of discrimination - you have the same legal rights as an individual who actually does have a disability and was discriminated against for it.
3. You May Have the Right to Punitive Damages
In cases where the actions of an employer were particularly egregious, it may be prudent to pursue punitive damages that are designed to "punish" the employer for their actions and prevent the same from happening again.
Additionally, you may be entitled to back pay or to have your job restored if you were fired as a result of discrimination or retaliation. An experienced Pittsburgh employment law attorney can help you determine the best plan of action after reviewing your case.
Contact a Seasoned Pennsylvania Discrimination Lawyer Today
If you believe you have been discriminated against in the workplace, it is critical that you take action immediately. By working with a Pennsylvania discrimination lawyer, you may be able to bring forward a claim against your employer. This could lead to compensation, punitive action against your employer, or both.
Sean A. Casey has assisted dozens of clients to stand up for their rights after being discriminated against or harassed in the workplace. He can apply his unique skills and experience to your case in order to bring about the best possible results. Call today for a consultation at (412) 201-9090 or toll free at (888) 658-0041.