Workplace Discrimination Attorney in Arizona
Workplace Discrimination Lawyer in Arizona
If you have suffered discrimination while on the job in Arizona, you need an experienced and compassionate lawyer to protect your rights. Were you discriminated against based on race, gender, religion, age, disability, national origin, or sexual orientation? If so, the Arizona employment discrimination law firm of Matt Fendon Law Group is ready to help.
Our knowledgeable lawyers are well-versed in the federal laws. Those laws ensure you are treated fairly at work. At Matt Fendon Law Group, our Phoenix workplace discrimination lawyers help employees who have suffered discrimination at their job. We will devote our full attention to your case. We will be available to answer all of your questions along the way.
Allow our highly skilled lawyers to explain the Arizona employment discrimination laws that apply to your particular situation. We can give you the information you need to make the best decisions. Don’t let the unlawful acts of a supervisor or coworker jeopardize your career.
Call Matt Fendon Law Group today to schedule a consultation.
What Is Discrimination?
Workplace discrimination occurs when a worker is treated less favorably than other workers solely because of particular characteristics protected by law. Characteristics protected by law include age, sex, gender, religion, and disability, among others.
If you have been the victim of workplace discrimination, the Arizona employment attorneys at Matt Fendon Law Group are ready to fight for your rights. Our mission is to help you seek the justice and compensation to which you are entitled.
Examples of potential workplace discrimination scenarios include:
- An employee being fired because of their race.
- A worker being subjected to offensive remarks that create a hostile work environment.
- A disabled worker who completes the same tasks as coworkers but is paid less.
- A female worker being passed over for promotion because of her gender.
- A female employee fired for being pregnant.
- Individuals not hired or promoted because they’re considered “too old.”
- A male employee’s male spouse who is denied health insurance due to sexual orientation.
Types of Discrimination
These types of discrimination are prohibited by law in Arizona and throughout the United States.
- Age (over 40)
- National origin
- Sexual orientation
Can I Sue My Employer for Discrimination?
Yes, in certain situations, you may sue your employer. An attorney can help you determine if you have the basis for filing a lawsuit.
If you are facing discrimination in the workplace, take these steps before filing a lawsuit:
- Make a written internal complaint. Review the employee manual or ask human resources about filing an internal complaint over discrimination. Follow the employer’s internal complaint policy and keep a copy of the complaint. What should you do if your workplace does not have a policy on internal complaints? Schedule a meeting with the supervisor of the individual who is discriminating against you. Describe the discrimination you have endured and ask for the supervisor’s help in stopping that unlawful conduct. After your meeting, email the supervisor a summary of the issues that were discussed. When you make an internal complaint and alert management, your employer can investigate and resolve the issue.
- Properly document the workplace discrimination. Write down a detailed description of the incident(s). Include the date and time of the incident(s) and the names of supervisors or coworkers who were present. Gather evidence that supports your discrimination claim. That evidence might be performance reviews, emails, text messages, photos and videos. Make sure you have rightful access to the evidence or documents you collect. Otherwise, you might compromise your claim and provide your employer with a basis for terminating you.
- Contact an Arizona workplace discrimination attorney. If your supervisor does not address your concerns or takes negative action against you, such as a poor performance review, termination, demotion or reduction in pay, hire a lawyer. An attorney can help you file an administrative charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Filing this charge does not mean that you are suing. Rather, it simply means that you are notifying the EEOC about the workplace discrimination.
How to File a Discrimination Lawsuit
After you have filed a claim that involves EEOC laws and regulations, the EEOC will investigate your claim. In rare cases, the EEOC will decide to file a lawsuit against the employer once the investigation is completed. In the majority of cases, the EEOC will choose not to file a lawsuit and will issue a Dismissal and Notice of Rights or a Letter of Determination.
A Dismissal and Notice of Rights indicates that the investigation did not uncover anything that the EEOC considered illegal discrimination. If the EEOC finds that workplace discrimination might have occurred, the agency will send a Letter of Determination and attempt to have the parties reach a settlement. If the employer and the employee cannot agree on a settlement, the EEOC will send the employee a Right to Sue letter, which makes way for a lawsuit in federal court.
If you have received a Right to Sue letter, you have grounds for a discrimination claim. However, even if you have received a Dismissal and Notice of Rights, potentially you could still file a lawsuit. You have 90 days from the day you received the Right to Sue letter to file a lawsuit. As soon as you receive it, contact your Arizona workplace discrimination attorney.
How an Arizona Workplace Discrimination Attorney Can Help
The experienced Arizona workplace discrimination lawyers at Matt Fendon Law Group can:
- Assess whether your employer unlawfully discriminated against you.
- Collect and present evidence supporting your case.
- Run a cost-benefit analysis.
- Outline all your options.
- Give you peace of mind in knowing your case is in the best possible hands.
At Matt Fendon Law Group, we understand that pursuing a workplace discrimination complaint or lawsuit can be extremely challenging. Our Arizona EEOC attorneys are here to guide you through the entire process.
To schedule a free initial consultation, call us today.