What Is Employment Discrimination?
Federal law makes it illegal to discriminate against workers on the basis of race, gender, national origin, religion, pregnancy, sexual orientation, disability or age. This is true for all aspects of the relationship between employer and employee, including hiring, promotions, demotions, termination and the creation of a potentially hostile work environment. It also makes it illegal to retaliate against an employee for opposing discrimination or for disclosing an employer’s improper activity.
State laws may also regulate employer actions. Other state laws make it illegal for employers to discriminate on the basis of other classifications, like marital status or participation in military service. If you have been discriminated against in the workplace, you may be eligible to bring a lawsuit in federal or state courts.
Representing Victims Of Discrimination In Ohio Workplaces
Employment discrimination can be devastating for employees. If you have been discriminated against in the workplace, you may be eligible to bring a lawsuit in federal or state courts, but you may also need the counsel of an experienced lawyer in order to protect your interests. At Cook & Logothetis, LLC, in Cincinnati, Ohio, we represent the victims of employment discrimination, helping them achieve the social and economic justice they deserve.
Sexual Harassment And Sexual Discrimination
Sexual harassment and sexual discrimination may seem like the same term, but they are very different ideas. Sexual harassment occurs when an employer, manager or co-worker engages in unwelcome sexual behavior toward an employee.
Sexual discrimination, however, is often based on gender. It occurs when employment decisions are made specifically because an employee is a male or female. The Supreme Court has established that it is just as illegal to discriminate against men as it is against women.
Employment Discrimination And Pensions
It is illegal for employers to fire someone just before their pension vests in order to keep them from getting their pension. It is also illegal for employers to lay off an entire department because the entire department is going to gain access to a 20-year and out benefit. If you have been fired before your pension vests or believe your employer has discriminated against you to prevent you from obtaining a pension, contact our Cincinnati law firm to talk with an attorney.
ERISA And Employee Benefits
ERISA prohibits taking adverse action or denying workers their rights in order to prevent them from taking a benefit that they are entitled to under an employee benefit plan. It also prevents employers from prohibiting certain workers from exercising their right to an employment benefit for discriminatory reasons. At Cook & Logothetis, we use more than 35 years of experience to help our clients fight employment discrimination in terms of ERISA and employee benefits.