Discrimination and harassment are illegal in the workplace, yet both still occur. If you are the victim of discrimination or harassment at work, you have legal rights. You don’t have to endure hostile working conditions or risk losing your job.
The Houston employment attorneys of Feldman & Feldman can file a workplace discrimination lawsuit against your employer.
Discrimination in the Workplace
Discrimination occurs when someone, a manager or a co-worker, treats an employee differently or less favorably than others based on race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, disability, age (age 40 or older), or genetic information.
Failing to hire, promote, or reward a deserving worker, or otherwise discriminating against an employee is illegal. It is also illegal to terminate an employee on these grounds, which is referred to as wrongful termination.
Harassment in the Workplace
Harassment is unwelcome or offensive conduct by another in your workplace that occurs based on your race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, disability, age (age 40 or older), or genetic information.
According to Texas employment law, as well as federal law, there are two types of harassment in the workplace:
- When acceptance of the offensive behavior becomes a condition of employment. For example, if someone in management threatens to terminate an employee if they report the harassment.
- The offensive behavior creates a hostile work environment due to its severity or the ongoing nature of the harassment.
Employment law also prevents an employer from terminating an employee in retaliation for reporting harassment or discrimination or filing a lawsuit. Many employees who are victims of harassment or discrimination are afraid to report it or exercise their legal rights for fear of losing their job. Retaliation even protects employees who are not the victim, but who help coworkers with their claims.
The Houston employment attorneys of Feldman & Feldman fight for the rights of victims who have been unfairly discriminated against or harassed in the workplace. Employment is an important part of your life, as both a source of income and as a passion for what you do. No one should have to endure a hostile work environment or worry that their job is in jeopardy due to circumstances outside of their control.
Feldman & Feldman also represent employers who are facing discrimination or harassment lawsuits. Employers need experienced and effective legal defense when a claim is brought against them. We can also protect your business from future lawsuits through training and compliance reviews.
Get Help from the Houston Employment Attorneys of Feldman & Feldman
Whether you’re an employee looking to file a discrimination or harassment claim or an employer who facing a lawsuit, Feldman & Feldman can help. Our law firm has extensive experience successfully handling a wide range of employment litigation. We understand your career or your business is your livelihood and we will fight to protect it. When you need an experienced Houston employment lawyer who will stand up for your rights, contact Feldman & Feldman.