Though progress has been made over the past several decades, discrimination still exists in many workplaces in Cincinnati, Dayton, and throughout Ohio. Whenever employers or supervisors hold biases against certain people, those beliefs can result in the mistreatment of workers on the job.
Discrimination against workers because of certain characteristics is against federal and Ohio law. Protected classes include race, color, ethnicity, gender, sexual identity, religion, national origin, age, and disability. But unfortunately, discrimination continues to be a problem.
Discrimination can take many forms.
Examples of workplace discrimination include:
- Denial of compensation or benefits
- Denial of disability leave
- Denial of maternity leave
- Not being offered retirement options
- Losing shifts
- Being moved to a less desirable shift
- Denial of use of company facilities or benefits
- Favoritism in promotions or restructuring
- Excluding qualified candidates from the hiring process
- Off-color comments or inappropriate jokes that cause stress to an employee
- Excessive discipline against employees for minor infractions
- Limiting responsibilities or assigning excessive workloads
How can I know if I’ve been discriminated against?
It’s true that there can be many factors and considerations that employers take into account when making decisions regarding workers. For example, if you are a member of a protected class and were denied a benefit, it wasn’t necessarily because of discrimination. Was there a valid reason for the decision? Did other employees who are not members of a protected class get the benefit? It’s important to get legal advice.
If you believe you may have experienced discrimination, you can take steps to protect your rights. First, start a journal about what’s been happening. Include as many details as possible. Keep any supporting documentation. This can include police manuals, timesheets, letters, and emails. Then, talk to an employment attorney to review your legal rights and options.
Contact an experienced employment lawyer.
Discrimination in the workplace can be difficult to prove. However, an experienced attorney can help. At Gibson Law, LLC, we take your case seriously right from the start. We are dedicated to protecting the rights of mistreated workers and fighting to hold employers accountable.
Our firm can:
- Investigate your case to gather evidence of discrimination by reviewing documents and interviewing witnesses
- Build a strong case that employers have to take seriously
- Discuss your options, including filing a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or the Ohio Civil Rights Commission (OCRC)
- Negotiate with employers on a resolution of your case
- Take legal action to help you get justice.
Founded in 2015, our firm has handled a wide range of discrimination cases and offers a unique perspective. Attorneys Bradley L. Gibson and Angela J. Gibson used to represent employers. We know how their lawyers approach discrimination cases and understand their strategies to avoid responsibility. Now we fight for the rights of workers who have been discriminated against.
If you think you may have experienced discrimination at the workplace, it’s important to get legal advice as soon as possible. The statute of limitations for taking legal action in Ohio is two years, and evidence can be lost as time goes by. Contact us to schedule a consultation. We have offices in Cincinnati, Dayton, and Tipp City.