Do Discrimination Laws Apply to Private Employers?
If your private employer has 15 or more employees, federal discrimination laws apply to any employment decision based on your race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or genetic information.
The Equal Pay Act (which prohibits sex-based wage discrimination) applies to all employers, regardless of how many people they employ. Age discrimination laws, on the other hand, only apply to a business/private employer if the business has at least 20 employees.
How Do You Prove Pregnancy Discrimination?
If you have been discriminated against because of your pregnancy, you may
be entitled to lost wages and other compensatory damages. To successfully
argue your case, you will need to prove that you are a victim of an "adverse
employment action." It will be necessary to provide examples of the
way that you have been treated since becoming pregnant and how you would
have been treated differently if you were not pregnant.
Workplace Discrimination Laws in Maryland
Maryland, like most states, has its own set of laws that employers must follow. In addition to the protected classes mentioned above, an employer in Maryland cannot make employment decisions based on your marital status, sexual orientation, or gender identity.
When you bring your case to Emejuru Law, our team will help you determine whether your employer has violated state or federal discrimination laws. If so, we can take your case as far as it needs to go to obtain a favorable resolution on your behalf. We have a proven track record of taking employment cases to federal court, and we are not afraid to fight aggressively for your rights and future.