Houston Workplace Discrimination Lawyer
Title 7 of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 rendered discrimination in the workplace illegal. This important legislation specifically outlined that employers could not allow certain characteristics to negatively impact the treatment of an employee.
These protected traits include:
- Race or skin color
- Ethnicity or national origin
- Pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical issues
- Physical disabilities
In addition, companies are required to make reasonable accommodations for an employee’s religious beliefs. Legislation passed in 2008 called the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) prevents employers from discriminating against an individual based on their genetic data, such as the predisposition toward a medical disease or condition.
Unfortunately, violations of the Civil Rights Act and other anti-discrimination laws occur every day across the U.S. as employers can take a number of negative actions against a worker based on prejudice, such as:
- Refusal to hire
- Denial of pay raise or promotion
- Harassment, condoning harassment, or refusal to address harassment
As well, whistleblowers who report or protest against discrimination may not be subject to adverse action as a result. Any employer who penalizes a worker or singles them out based on traits or an association with a person of certain traits is subject to legal action. If you believe that you have been subject to discrimination at work or are being punished for reporting discrimination, the Employment Attorneys of the Powers Law Firm can help analyze your situation and guide you through any necessary proceedings.