Mississippi Workplace Discrimination Lawyer
Know that if you experience discriminatory treatment at work, you may be entitled to recourse. Discrimination can occur at any point during employment, from the hiring stages and determination of compensation and benefits all the way through one’s termination. Mississippi workplace discrimination lawyers focus on cases involving violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Title VII, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA). If your employer has violated any of these or other applicable discrimination laws, an experienced Mississippi workplace discrimination lawyer may be able to help you file a claim. Read on to learn more about how a skilled employment attorney could offer you their assistance today.
Eligible Workplace Claims Under the EEOC
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) enforces federal laws that prohibit discrimination in the workplace on the basis of:
- National Origin
Mississippi does not have a statute addressing private discrimination claims or a state administrative agency that handles employment discrimination claims, although there is a state statute that prohibits discrimination against public employees. Accordingly, many Mississippi workplace discrimination lawsuits are pursued in federal court, on the basis of a violation of a federal discrimination statute. Prior to initiating a lawsuit, a claim must be filed with the EEOC. It should be noted, however, that claims with the EEOC must be filed within 180 days following the purported discrimination. A dedicated Mississippi workplace discrimination lawyer could help ensure these important deadlines are not missed. Reach out to a determined employment attorney to learn more.
Common Types of Discrimination
All workers should be treated equally in the workplace regardless of their age. Discrimination against workers who are over the age of 40 is prohibited by the ADEA. The age of the discriminating party is irrelevant in determining whether age discrimination occurred. Employment policies or practices that have an adverse impact on current or prospective employees over 40 may be illegal under federal law.
Disability Under the ADA
The ADA prohibits workplace discrimination against individuals with disabilities or those who have had a disability in the past. To receive protection under the ADA, someone should be able to perform their basic job functions with reasonable accommodations. Reasonable accommodations are those that would not cause undue hardship to the employer, such as modified desks, computers, or schedules.
Sex and Gender
Discrimination on the basis of sex, gender, or sexual orientation is prohibited by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. A violation may occur regardless of the respective gender or sex of the employees involved. In addition, it is unlawful to discriminate against a pregnant employee because of her pregnancy, childbirth, or a related medical condition.
Race, Religion, Color, or National Origin
It is unlawful to treat someone unfavorably due to their race, religion, color, or national origin during any part of their employment. These types of discrimination claims can also apply where someone is targeted because they are associated with or married to an individual of a particular race, religion, or national origin.
Speak with a Mississippi Workplace Discrimination Lawyer Today
Workplace discrimination claims can be intricate and difficult to prove. A qualified Mississippi workplace discrimination lawyer familiar with workplace discrimination law could advise you on the merits of your claim. If you would like to speak with an attorney about your negative experiences in the workplace, contact the Employment and Consumer Law Group today to schedule a consultation.