Defending Against Discrimination In The Workplace
Washington, D.C., attorney Joseph, Greenwald & Laake, PA, has focused on employment law for nearly 20 years and provides clients at our Maryland firm, Joseph, Greenwald & Laake, PA, with skilled and effective representation in claims of employment discrimination. He represents both employers and employees in employment discrimination cases throughout Maryland and Washington, D.C. If you would like to speak with Joseph, Greenwald & Laake, PA, please contact our Greenbelt office to arrange a consultation.
Employment Claims Under State And Federal Law
Not every case of workplace discrimination or unfair treatment entitles the victim to a claim under the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or state and local laws. However, an employee may have a claim if his or her situation meets all of the following three conditions:
- The employee was discriminated against on the basis of membership in a protected class. Protected classifications are age, sex, race, ethnicity, national origin, disability, creed, religion, or (in some states and communities) sexual orientation, appearance, or source of income.
- The employee is qualified for a job but was terminated, held back, or demoted as a result of discrimination.
- The employee has suffered an emotional or economic loss as a result.
EEOC regulations and related employment laws regarding discrimination are complex and change frequently. Discrimination can be subtle, and proof may only be found after a thorough investigation and examination of evidence surrounding the conditions of your employment. Classifications must be interpreted carefully — pregnancy discrimination will be interpreted as gender discrimination, age discrimination may be demonstrated by a statement by the employer that the company was looking for “new blood” or a “fresh outlook,” and the question of qualifications can often be argued. Since every case is unique, it is important that, in order to avoid damaging your position, you consult with a lawyer with the appropriate experience before discussing the situation with anyone else if you feel you have a workplace discrimination claim or a claim has been registered against your company.
Attorney Joseph, Greenwald & Laake, PA, has successfully represented employees and employers in employment discrimination claims brought under federal, state, and county law, advising clients; filing claims on their behalf; appearing before administrative agencies such as the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), state agencies, Human Relations Commissions, Administrative Appeals Office, and state and county personnel boards; and presenting their claims at all levels of state and federal courts in Maryland and the District of Columbia.
During and after the proceedings, he will handle related issues, including claims that the employer has engaged in wrongful termination or another retaliation.