Philadelphia Employment Discrimination Lawyers
Working people are protected against discrimination and harassment on the basis of race or color. Our Philadelphia race discrimination lawyers have represented many victims of discrimination based on race and have achieved compensation and job protection when they have been treated unlawfully. Employment lawyers at Galfand Berger are here to help you and protect you from race/color discrimination and harassment.
If you feel as though you have been discriminated against because of your race, here are some questions that you may have:
What is race or color discrimination?
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Pennsylvania Civil Rights Act and the Civil Rights Act of 1866 make it unlawful for employers to discriminate on the basis of race or color in connection with hiring, firing, demotion, promotion, compensation and other terms and conditions of employment. Employers may not make employment decisions based upon racial stereotypes, an individual’s relationship with someone of a different race or association with ethnic-based groups and organizations including schools and places of work. The 1964 Act applies to employers of 15 or more employees, the Pennsylvania Civil Rights Act applies to employers of 3 or more employees and the 1866 Act applies to employers with any number of employees. In other words, no matter the size of the company you work for, you are protected from being discriminated against because of your race.
It is also unlawful for an employer to harass an employee because of his/her race or color. Likewise, employers may not retaliate against individuals who complained about race discrimination or refused to participate in discriminatory employer practices.
What should you do if you believe you have been unlawfully treated?
Many companies have policies regarding any discrimination, harassment or retaliation that occur in their company handbook. Likewise, they may have reporting requirements, which may mandate you to follow a certain procedure. You should request that the company take action to correct and stop discrimination, harassment, or retaliation that is occurring. You should follow the procedure and document your actions in writing. Failure to follow the procedure could lead to a denial of your rights to recover legal damages for the improper action of the company.
You have to act promptly.
There is a limited time in which you can bring a claim for discrimination, harassment or retaliation. You must file your claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) under Title VII of the Civil Rights within 180 days of the last act of discrimination. The same holds true for filing a state claim with the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (PHRC). However, if you file a claim with the PHRC within 180 days of the last act of discrimination or harassment, you can file a claim with the EEOC within 300 days of the last act of discrimination or harassment.
Contact the Experienced Philadelphia Race Discrimination Attorneys at Galfand Berger
If you or a loved one believes that you have a claim for discrimination, harassment, or retaliation, we are happy to answer your questions and have one of our Philadelphia employment lawyers review your case for free. Please call us at 1-800-222-USWA (8792) or complete our short contact form and a member of our firm will contact you.
With offices in Philadelphia, Lancaster, Bethlehem and Reading, we serve clients throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey. And, remember, there is no fee unless we recover for you.