The Georgia employment discrimination attorneys at SMITH LAW are committed to fighting for the rights of employees who have been discriminated against because of their race, color, national origin, religion, age, gender or disability, and who have been retaliated against for complaining about discrimination either on behalf of themselves or other employees or for assisting other employees with a discrimination investigation or lawsuit.
If your employer takes negative action against you because of your race, color, national origin, religion, age, gender or disability, you may have a claim under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (as amended), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (as amended), or the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (as amended). Negative actions include: failure to hire; failure to promote; write ups; negative performance evaluations; suspension; unequal discipline; change in work schedule; change in work location; reduction in pay; reduction in work hours; termination; and negative references.
The Georgia discrimination and retaliation attorneys at SMITH LAW have successfully resolved cases involving, but not limited to, employees who have been subject to derogatory racial comments and slurs, paid less than their counterparts, and overlooked for advancement within the company; female employees who have been sexually harassed by a supervisor, co-worker or customer; female employees who have been denied equal pay and opportunities for advancement because they were “too beautiful” or the position in question was a “man’s job”; pregnant employees who have been denied the same treatment and benefits as their non-pregnant counterparts with other medical conditions; employees who have been terminated or denied promotion because of their disability or perceived disability; and employees who have been reprimanded, demoted or terminated for complaining about discrimination or helping other employees proceed with a discrimination lawsuit by, for example, filing a charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”).
Please note that if you believe that you have been discriminated and/or retaliated against, it is important to take prompt legal action in order to preserve your claims against your employer. Generally, most discrimination and retaliation claims (with the exception of discrimination and retaliation claims based on race and color, which may be brought within two years after the right of action has accrued under Section 1981) are subject to strict statutory deadlines. Specifically, you must file a charge alleging discrimination and/or retaliation with the EEOC within 180 days of the last discriminatory act or adverse employment action (e.g., discriminatory comments, unwelcome sexual advances, demotion, termination, etc.). If you fail to do so, you may be precluded from pursuing your claims.
An employee may recover compensatory damages, which include out-of-pocket expenses (i.e., back pay and benefits that the employee would have received if he or she had not been terminated, medical expenses, etc.), and emotional distress damages (i.e., mental anguish, loss of enjoyment of life, etc.).
The Georgia employment discrimination lawyers at SMITH LAW take pride in providing personalized legal services to its clients, especially in discrimination cases where clients often endure severe physical and emotional distress as a result of their employers’ unlawful discriminatory conduct.