Employment Discrimination Attorney
You Do Not Have to Be a Victim of Employment Discrimination in Pennsylvania or New Jersey
You Have Protection Under the Law
Unfair, unequal or discriminatory treatment at work can trigger a variety of emotions. In addition to anger and fear, you may also feel frustrated that your supervisor or human resources department does not take your complaint seriously, either blaming you or ignoring it altogether. Or, you may feel torn about making a complaint, fearful that it will put your job – and your financial security – at risk.
If you have been the victim of employment discrimination, including racial discrimination, sexual harassment or a hostile work environment, it is important to remember that your employer’s actions are unlawful, and both federal and state law offers employees protections and remedies against such treatment.
At the Law Office of Patrick Flanigan, we represent clients throughout the Philadelphia area in Pennsylvania and New Jersey in employment discrimination cases. Contact us online or call 610-628-0539 to schedule a free and confidential initial consultation.
Timeliness is of the essence in employment discrimination cases. You only have 180 days after the last alleged discriminatory action to file a complaint. Failure to do so jeopardizes your claim, so do not hesitate to contact us if you suspect you have a claim.
What Are Negative Employment Actions?
Negative employment actions include any adverse actions taken by an employer on unlawful grounds. These actions can range from wrongful termination, failure to promote, hostile work environment, harassment and retaliation for exercising your rights.
It is important to remember that simply because an employer is hostile or rude toward you, it does not mean you have a claim of discrimination. The basis of the behavior must be on legally-prohibited grounds. Illegal discrimination involves actions taken on the basis of:
- Sex or gender, including sexual orientation
- National origin
- Disability, including pregnancy
Moreover, if you stand up for yourself or a fellow employee in an employment discrimination case, it is also against the law for your employer to retaliate. To win a retaliation lawsuit, you do not need to actually provide the underlying discrimination case.
What Protects Me From Discrimination?
Discrimination based on age, race, color, sex, national origin, religion and disability are violations of both state and federal laws. Title VII of the Civil Rights Law of 1964, the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act and the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination all exist to protect employees from discriminatory treatment in the workplace.
Although the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act and the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination mirror the federal law in large part, there are differences, and it is important to work with a lawyer knowledgeable in both. Attorney Patrick Flanigan will work closely with you to determine if you have a claim. If so, he will be at your side from beginning to end, from filing the administrative complaint with the EEOC to pursuing a lawsuit in state or federal court, if necessary.
It is our goal to obtain all remedies to which you are entitled, including reinstatement, lost wages, punitive damages, attorney’s fees or a neutral letter of reference for your personnel file.