Discrimination Attorney Bethesda, Silver Spring, Gaithersburg & Rockville

Although the Country has made great strides toward equality and justice, race continues to be a divisive factor in our society. Moreover, people are increasingly being targeted for the way in which they worship or because of their ancestry, nationality and national origin. When discrimination arises in the workplace, employers often attempt to hide their motives and do not openly engage in discrimination.

The Baror Law Firm is dedicated to rooting out employment discrimination, ensuring that all workers are treated fairly, and helping aggrieved employees obtain the compensation they deserve. Our guiding principle is to treat each client with dignity and respect as we seek to foster diversity in the workplace.

Maryland Laws Against Employment Discrimination

There are a variety of local, state and federal laws that prohibit discrimination in the workplace. At the federal level, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 ("Title VII") provides workers with significant protections and powerful legal recourse. This law prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, national origin, and religion. Individuals who possess these characteristics are said to be members of a protected class. 

Title VII also created the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency that investigates employment discrimination claims. The law requires employees who are considering an employment discrimination lawsuit to first file a claim with the EEOC. If the agency fails to resolve the matter, a lawsuit can then be filed in court.

Despite these legal protections, discrimination in the workplace is still far too common. Whether an employer actively engages in discrimination or creates an environment in which discrimination is allowed to occur, these cases can be hard to improve. Nonetheless, discrimination regarding any employment decision, including hiring, firing, promotions, compensation, job training, discipline, and termination is prohibited. It is important to note that Title VII also prohibits employers from retaliating against workers who complain about illegal practices or pursue employment discrimination claims.

What is disparate treatment discrimination?

Disparate treatment discrimination occurs when an employee who is a member of a protected class is treated less favorably than employees who were in a similar situation. This form of discrimination also occurs when employees with physical characteristics that are associated with specific race or ethnicity, such as hair texture, skin color or facial features, are treated less favorably than other employees. 

An employer may commit disparate treatment discrimination by exclusively offering promotions or other employment benefits to white employees, requiring drug testing only for Latino workers, or refusing to allow Muslim employees to engage in a religious practice. In the end, employers are required to treat all employees the same with respect to any employment decision or the application of any policy or procedure.

What is disparate impact discrimination?

Disparate impact discrimination is harder to identify. However, this occurs when an employer applies the same policy, rule or practice to every employee, but it has a disproportionately negative impact on employees who are members of a protected class. 

For example, a policy that requires men to be clean shaven may have a disparate impact on Sikh men whose religious custom prohibits them from shaving facial hair. In addition, refusing to hire applicants who have an arrest or criminal record may have a disparate impact on African American or and Latino men.  In order to defend the policy, an employer must be able to prove that it has a legitimate job-related basis.

Elements of a Discrimination Claim

An employee who pursues a discrimination claim or lawsuit based on race, color, national origin or religion must be able to demonstrate that he or she was a member of a protected class, qualified for the job, or performed it adequately. In addition, the employee must show that he or he was denied a benefit of employment, such as a promotion or pay raise, or subjected to an adverse employment action, such as a demotion or termination. Lastly, the employee must have suffered harm as a result of the adverse action. 

Dedicated Employment Discrimination Attorneys in Montgomery County

At the Baror Law Firm, we believe that employers who commit employment discrimination must be held accountable. Our experienced legal team is well versed in the applicable federal and state laws prohibiting these forms of discrimination. We have a proven track record of successfully pursuing claims with the EEOC and litigating these cases in the state and federal courts. 

If you believe you were treated unfairly by your employer because of your race, color, national origin or religion, we can help you recover damages, including back pay, attorneys’ fees, court costs, pain and suffering, and in some cases, punitive damages. We are keenly aware that victims of discrimination may be afraid and not know where to turn. Don't suffer in silence; contact us to schedule a consultation and let us help you stand up for your rights.

The Baror Law Firm serves racial and ethnic discrimination clients throughout Maryland including Bethesda, Silver Spring, Gaithersburg and Rockville. For more information please give us a call at 301.812.4546 or fill out the contact form on the side of the page. 

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