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Silver Spring Discrimination Lawyer
Serving Maryland and Washington D.C.
Have you been treated differently or even harassed at work because of a major aspect of your identity, such as your gender or religion? Although the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) enforces certain laws that protect you from workplace discrimination, many employers continue to commit (or allow) discrimination in their work environments.
Our job at Emejuru Law is to preserve your rights under these laws and hold employers and other parties accountable for discriminatory acts.
Maryland Workplace Discrimination Laws
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 workplace discrimination case to Emejuru Law, our team will help you determine whether your employer has violated Maryland employment discrimination law or federal discrimination laws. If so, we can take your workplace discrimination 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 our lawyers are not afraid to fight aggressively for your rights and future.
What Are Examples of Workplace Discrimination?
Discrimination in the workplace occurs when an employee is treated unfairly because of their race, color, gender, religion, national origin, disability, or other protected characteristics. Under Maryland employment discrimination law, it is illegal for employers to discriminate against employees based on these protected characteristics.
Here are some examples of workplace discrimination that are prohibited under Maryland law:
- Hiring discrimination: Refusing to hire someone based on their race, gender, or other protected characteristics.
- Pay discrimination: Paying employees less than others based on their gender, race, or other protected characteristics.
- Promotion discrimination: Refusing to promote someone based on their gender, race, or other protected characteristics.
- Harassment: Making offensive comments, gestures, or other conduct that creates a hostile work environment based on an employee's protected characteristics.
- Retaliation: Taking adverse actions against an employee who complains about discrimination or participates in an investigation related to discrimination.
If you have experienced workplace discrimination in Silver Spring or the greater Maryland area, it's essential to seek help from a skilled discrimination lawyer. At , we have over 10 years of legal experience and have successfully taken hundreds of discrimination cases to trial -- contact us today via online form or call (240) 607-5552 to schedule a consultation.
Laws That Prohibit Workplace Discrimination
All federal and most private employers must adhere to several laws that prohibit discrimination in the workplace.
These federal laws include:
- Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title VII—protects you from discrimination based on your race, color, religion, sex (generally protecting LGBTQA+ individuals, as well), or national origin
- Equal Pay Act of 1963—prevents your employer from paying you less because of your gender
- Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967—protects you from discrimination based on your age (if you are 40 or older)
- Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990—protects you from discrimination based on your disability (applies to employers in the private sector and state/local governments)
- Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Sections 501 & 505—protects you from discrimination based on your disability (applies to federal employers)
- Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008, Title II—protects you from discrimination based on your genetic information (whether you are an employee, former employee, or applicant)
- Civil Rights Act of 1991—entitles you to monetary compensation if you have experienced intentional employment discrimination