As a worker, you have the right to feel safe in the work environment. Your employer and coworkers have a duty to maintain a safe, fair, and nondiscriminatory workplace. There is a large body of law that seeks to prevent employment discrimination and harassment. If you’ve suffered physically, emotionally, or financially from discrimination in the workplace, come to Powers Law and speak with a compassionate Lincoln employment discrimination attorney. We have the skill, resources, and legal knowledge you need to pursue a legal claim in Nebraska.

What Is Employment Discrimination?

Employment discrimination refers to employers discriminating against job candidates or employees based on a fact about the person. For example, an employer hiring a male applicant who is less qualified than a female applicant simply because the employer prefers male staff members. Discrimination describes any unjust treatment of a person based on several categories.

These categories can include:

  • Age
  • Race
  • National origin
  • Gender
  • Sexual orientation
  • Religion
  • Disability
  • Pregnancy

Victims of employment discrimination can lose significant income from lost job opportunities, terminations, demotions, and forced vacations or leaves of absence. Potential damages are not just economic, however. Victims can suffer a range of cultural, social, and personal harms. Sexual harassment can lead to physical and mental damages, while racial slurs or inappropriate jokes can create a hostile work environment. Hostile work environments can interfere with the performance of the employee and lead to wrongful termination.

Protection from Retaliation in Nebraska

Employment discrimination can come in many forms, but the outcomes are much the same: economic and personal losses. Types of employment discrimination include refusal to hire, job termination, discipline, denial of training, failure to promote, pay cuts or demotion, threats, intimidation, and harassment. Federal and state laws forbid discrimination against an employee or job applicant for any of the above-listed reasons. If you believe you are a victim of employment discrimination, don’t hesitate to speak to a Lincoln employment discrimination lawyer.

Workplace discrimination and harassment go largely under-reported due to employees fearing retaliation, such as job termination or demotion. Laws exist to protect employees from retaliation, meaning they are protected from punishment for complaining about discrimination or a hostile work environment. Do not let your fear of retaliation prevent you from seeking help. Your future is at stake.

What to Do About Employment Discrimination

If you experience employment discrimination at your place of work, first try to discuss the incident with the perpetrator. It’s possible that it is just a misunderstanding or temporary lapse in judgment. If you don’t feel comfortable approaching the person or if this doesn’t work, file an official complaint with the human resources department. Keep a record of these filed complaints and discriminatory incidents. If the problem persists, file a charge of discrimination with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

The EEOC will investigate your claim and may try to settle your dispute through mediation. You have the right to have a lawyer present during mediation with your employer or coworker. A Lincoln employment discrimination attorney can help you understand your rights and protect them during the process. If mediation fails, an investigator will take over the charge. Any violations of the law the investigator finds at this point will lead to punishment of the employer. If no violations of the law are found, it will result in a Notice of Right-to-Sue.

Hire a Skilled Lincoln Employment Discrimination Attorney

At this point, you have the right to pursue your claim in a court of law. Come to Powers Law in Lincoln, NE for trustworthy legal counsel and guidance. We don’t stand for workplace discrimination and neither should you. Let us help you fight for justice in the workplace. Call (402) 474-8000 or contact us online for a free consultation.