Employment discrimination can come in many forms, whether you’re going through the hiring process, being treated poorly at work, or have just been fired from a job and think discrimination was the reason for it. Discrimination can also be seen in the workplace when workers compensation benefits are being applied for and in other less-common circumstances.
When trying to determine whether you have a case for employment discrimination, it’ll come down to whether or not you’re working under a protected status and if you can provide evidence that discrimination took place. At Snider & Associates, LLC, our attorneys have a deep understanding of employment law and can assist you in determining whether your situation warrants a claim.
Equal Opportunity Employer
Most companies are required to be equal opportunity employers when hiring, employing, and firing employees. This is the “equal opportunity employer” statement you read when going through job applications or employee handbooks that states that a company doesn’t discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability.
When using this statement to determine if you’ve experienced discrimination, you’ll have to verify whether you’re in a protected status. For example, if you’re over the age of 40, you’re protected from age discrimination, while if you have a disability, you’re protected from disability discrimination.
Providing Evidence of Harm
When trying to prove employment discrimination, you’ll need more than just a personal statement to make the judge believe your claim. Your employment lawyer can help you gather the proper evidence, such as witness testimonies, personnel files, disciplinary notices, or performance evaluations that may be relevant to your case.
While sometimes it can be difficult to come up with tangible evidence, you can be the most valuable witness in your case. Comparing your treatment to the treatment of others in the office can be especially useful. With some basic evidence and a clear and concise description of what happened, you can build a strong case to defend your claim.
Full Compensation for Your Workplace Suffering
The main form of damages in an employment discrimination case will be compensatory damages, including both economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages will include ways in which discrimination has affected you financially, such as loss of income and benefits, property damages, or possible injury expenses.
Non-economic damages will include the ways in which discrimination has affected your lifestyle, such as pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of enjoyment of life.
Contact a Maryland Employment Lawyer
Being discriminated against, especially in the workplace where you go every day and expect to feel safe, can be a traumatic experience. This isn’t something anyone should have to suffer through, but with the help of an experienced employment attorney from Snider & Associates, LLC, you can seek justice for the prejudice or bias you’ve suffered.