Discrimination Lawyers in Seattle

Has your employer discriminated against you because of your race, creed, color, national origin, sex, pregnancy, or veteran/military status? At Rekhi & Wolk, our discrimination lawyers may be able to help you if you’ve suffered from discrimination by an employer or prospective employer and you are a member of a federally protected class. 

We may be able to help you if:

  • You weren’t hired or promoted by a discriminatory employer
  • An employer harassed you or allowed employees to harass you
  • You were wrongfully terminated 

Our discrimination attorneys have successfully represented hundreds of employees who have experienced discrimination by their employers, and we hope to help you next. Indeed, attorneys at Rekhi & Wolk co-authored the chapter of Race Discrimination in the book used by other attorneys as their reference for Washington law.

If you are a member of a legally protected group and believe your employer has discriminated against you, contact us today to speak with an experienced discrimination lawyer about your case. 

What Are “Protected Classes” in Employment Discrimination Law?

Job applicants, employees, and former employees are all protected from discrimination by employers based on:

  • Race
  • Color
  • Creed
  • Religious affiliation
  • Sex (including sexual orientation and gender identity)
  • National origin (including citizenship)
  • Disability
  • Age (if the individual is 40 or older), 
  • Genetic information (including family medical history)
  • Veteran Status
  • Pregnancy

An employer may not deny employment or a promotion to an employee because he, she, or they falls into one of these groups. An employer is also prohibited from terminating an employee due to their protected status.

What Are The Most Common Types of Employment Discrimination?

Discrimination Due to Race/Nationality

Under the Washington Law Against Discrimination, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Section 1981, it is illegal for employers to discriminate against employees based on their race or nationality. If you have faced discrimination or harassment by your employer because of your race or national origin, our employment lawyers may be able to help. 

Age Discrimination

The Washington Law Against Discrimination and Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 prohibits employers in the U.S. from discriminating against employees over the age of 40. This includes failing to hire or promote an employee because they are over the age of 40, as well as engaging in any activity that may deprive “an individual of employment opportunities or otherwise adversely affect his status as an employee.”

Sex & Gender Discrimination

Employees are protected from discrimination due to sex, gender identity (including transgender status), and sexual orientation under the Washington Law Against Discrimination and Title VII. They prohibit an employer from hiring, firing, promoting, compensating, training, or denying fringe benefits to an employee due to sex, gender identity, or sexual orientation. They also protect an employee from harassment by coworkers due to sex, gender, or sexual orientation.

Failure to Provide Accommodations for a Disability or Religious Accommodations

If an employer failed or refused to accommodate for a disability you suffer from, our discrimination lawyers in Seattle may be able to help you. The same may be true if your employer failed or refused to provide religious accommodations. 

Harassment

An employer is prohibited from engaging in discrimination that takes the form of demeaning comments and intimidation, which creates a hostile work environment. Keep in mind that legal actions based on harassment are always stronger when you have documentation of your employer’s hostile behavior. 

Please document any and all workplace behavior and environment that could possibly constitute illegal harassment and contact us to speak with a workplace harassment lawyer about your hostile work environment. Also, note that an employer may be held liable for allowing employees to harass someone due to their protected status, creating a hostile work environment. If you would like to speak with a workplace harassment lawyer in Seattle, reach out today.

What Are Some Examples of Employment Discrimination?

Discrimination can come in many forms, and examples could be virtually endless, but here are a few examples of employment discrimination:

  • Refusing to interview or hire someone due to their protected status
  • Paying women less than men for performing the same job
  • Allowing employees to harass someone about their disability, sexual orientation, or other protected status
  • Refusing to allow an employee time needed for religious holidays and practices
  • Firing an employee because she is pregnant or because she takes maternity leave

Unfortunately, practices such as these are much more common than one may imagine. The good thing is that employment lawyers like our firm not only work to obtain justice for victims, but to deter employers from engaging in such practices in the future.

FAQ

What are victims of employment discrimination entitled to?

If an employer discriminated against you, you may be entitled to your lost wages and emotional distress as well as injunctive relief. In some cases, the plaintiff may even recover punitive damages, which are meant to punish the discriminating employer and deter others from discriminating against their employees.

Can my employer retaliate against me if I complained about discrimination or harassment?

It is illegal for your employer to retaliate against you for submitting a complaint of discrimination. Our employment discrimination lawyers can help you fight for your rights if you experience retaliation at the hands of your employer.

What are Title VII and the Washington Law Against Discrimination?

Title VII is federal law that protects employees from discrimination based on race, color, sex, religion, or membership in other federally protected groups. The Washington Law Against Discrimination also protects those groups and others as well.

Do I need documentation of discrimination?

Documentation is always helpful to our lawyers in a discrimination case. Be sure to record the harassment close to the time it occurred as this can be used as evidence. Note the time, date, location, and nature of the harrassment or discrimination, as well as the other people involved.

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