David G. Schiller represents North Carolina employees in a wide range of employment law cases — including discrimination.
There are federal statutes that prohibit employers from discriminating on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin, and pregnancy (Title VII); age (ADEA); and disability (ADA). It is unlawful to hire or to discharge any individual, or otherwise to discriminate against any individual with respect to his compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment, because of one of these bases. Specifically, employers cannot discriminate on in the following ways:
- hiring and firing;
- compensation, assignment, or classification of employees;
- transfer, promotion, layoff, or re-hiring;
- job advertisements;
- fringe benefits; or
- pay, retirement plans, and disability leave.
State law prohibits the firing of employees based race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex or handicap.
Employees who have been discriminated against may be entitled to lost wages, damages for emotional distress, and, in extreme cases, punitive damages. The employee may also seek reinstatement, promotion, or a job reassignment.
Filing a Discrimination Case
It is important to bear in mind that a Charge of Discrimination must be timely filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission before filing most discrimination casess. If a Charge is not timely filed, the employee will lose the right to bring a discrimination case under the federal statutes.
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