Employment discrimination may be overt or may occur subtly. You may have been passed over for a promotion or discovered a significant disparity in financial awards or other terms and conditions of employment. You may even notice that other members of minority groups or women are finding it difficult to advance within your department, or that certain people never seem to get hired for specific jobs.
Employment discrimination can also take the form of a hostile work environment where mistreatment is frequent although it doesn't involve a major personnel action. If you have a disability requiring a reasonable accommodation which is denied, you have been the victim of discrimination.
Since 1990, Passman & Kaplan, P.C., Attorneys at Law, has been committed to helping employees fight for workplace equality. We focus on advocating for federal employees across the U.S. and worldwide for D.C. government employees and for private sector clients in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia.
Our lawyers are not only nationally respected advocates, but they are also acclaimed speakers and the authors of the "Federal Employees Legal Survival Guide."
What Constitutes Employment Discrimination?
Federal law makes it illegal to discriminate against an employee or a job applicant in any way based on his or her:
Some state and local laws, like D.C. for example, expand these protections to include discrimination based on sexual orientation or other factors of identity, even appearance. Collective bargaining agreements or organizational policies can create additional contract rights to protection from employment discrimination. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), as well as more and more courts, are recognizing that "same-sex" sex discrimination is illegal sex discrimination.
P&K is also a powerful advocate for clients who have been victims of unwanted sexual touching, innuendo or requests or other sexual harassment that has created a hostile work environment. If you have been the victim of discrimination, let P&K advocate for you and fight for an appropriate remedy.
FMLA And Disability Discrimination
When an employer violates the rights of a worker with a disability or refuses to grant appropriate leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), employees suffer. This is not only unfair, it's illegal!
P&K helps people with disabilities and those with FMLA claims protect their rights to fair and reasonable accommodations in the workplace and to appropriate leave and job restoration. We are proud to play an important role in ending disability discrimination.
Guiding You Through Every Stage Of The Process
Federal Employees: Discrimination cases in the federal sector follow a very different process than EEOC cases in the private sector. At P&K, we can represent you in all three stages of the federal process:
- Our law firm can counsel and represent you during the informal counseling stage of the process, which may involve alternative dispute resolution.
- We can file your formal EEOC complaint and represent you in the EEOC investigation.
- After the investigation, we can represent you in the hearing before the EEOC.
If you are a private sector employee in D.C., Maryland or Virginia, we can begin by assisting you in demanding a proper resolution from your employer. If your employer does not adequately resolve your complaint, we can help you file a complaint with the EEOC or the appropriate state or local government agency. If you are still left without an adequate remedy, we can help you bring your meritorious claim in court.
Let us protect your right to a discrimination-free workplace. Call P&K at 202-789-0100 or 800-881-0140 or email us today.