Ocala, FL Discrimination at Work
In today’s increasingly globalized world, it is important that we acknowledge and respect the different types of diversity that exist within our community. On a local scale, right here in Ocala, FL, there are examples of varying sexual identities, religions, political affiliations, disabilities and illnesses. In order to foster a healthy society, it is important that employers treat their employees — and coworkers treat each other — with dignity and respect. Unfortunately, discrimination in the workplace is extremely common, making employment attorneys vital to workplace discrimination cases/claims. At Schatt Hesser Mcgraw, our experienced labor and employment lawyers in Ocala, FL, will provide you with quality guidance if you have suffered discrimination in the workplace.
Discrimination in the Workplace
Contrary to popular belief, discrimination in the workplace occurs frequently. In fact, some discriminatory practices go unnoticed by figures of authority and/or uncontested. The most common forms of discrimination revolve around the failure to accept and appreciate varying racial ethnicities, disabilities and age groups. If you have been discriminated against, it is vital that you contact an employment attorney.
Florida’s employment law specifically addresses discrimination in the workplace. Discrimination in the workplace is wrong and consequences exist for such actions. In fact, the Age Discrimination Act (ADEA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the Florida Civil Rights Act are some of the federal and state legislations that protect you as an employee. Employment lawyers can help you understand employment law and the policies and resources that are available to assist you and secure your rights as an employee.
Common Forms of Discrimination in the Workplace
Although not an exhaustive list, the most common forms of discrimination in the workplace are as followed:
- AIDS Discrimination and Harassment
- Disability & Perceived Disability Discrimination (disability lawyers are vital to such claims)
- Genetic Discrimination & Harassment
- HIV Discrimination & Harassment
- Marital Status Discrimination
- National Origin Discrimination
- Pregnancy Discrimination
- Race & Color Discrimination
- Sex & Gender Discrimination
- Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity Discrimination
- Sickle Cell Anemia Discrimination
Discrimination can come in many forms. Employees may be discriminated against for any of the aforementioned factors, and prospective employees may be denied a job offer because of such factors.
Discrimination can be seen in the form of blatant verbal attacks against employees, failure to consider employees for promotions/offers, and/or general mistreatment.
In larger corporations, discrimination in the workplace can be more difficult to combat. It is strongly suggested that a corporate lawyer is contacted to help you navigate the process.
Have You Been Discriminated Against in the Workplace?
As an employee, you should feel safe, appreciated and respected in your place of work. Being discriminated against can cause you to harness many ill feelings, including sadness, depression, guilt, shame, and anger. These feelings may make it difficult for you to be productive at work. You may also feel uncomfortable and inferior to others. Know that these feelings are natural; however, there are steps that you can take to rectify the situation.
- Notify your employer of the incidents of discrimination.
- File a complaint with the Human Resources Division (if applicable).
- Document the incidents through a detailed journal (providing date, time, responses and people involved).
- Contact the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) if your employer fails to address the issue.
- Request and review your company’s policy on discrimination.
- Review local, state and federal laws/statutes/policies regarding employment discrimination.
- Contact an employment attorney.
Employment Lawyers in Ocala, FL
At Schatt Hesser Mcgraw, our employment lawyers believe in human dignity and equality. No matter the size of the company for which you work, or the position of the person who has discriminated against you, our aggressive labor and employment attorneys have the skills and experience necessary to help you tackle discrimination in the workplace. Allow us to represent you through strong legal advocacy so that the cycle of workplace discrimination is not perpetuated.