Employment Discrimination Attorney in Detroit, MI
Discrimination in the workplace occurs when an individual is treated differently on the basis of their race, national origin, skin color, religious affiliation, sex, age, or disability status. This unfair treatment can come from the victim’s managers or their co-workers. Some examples of this unfair treatment may range in severity from denial of reasonable accommodation in the workplace to verbal harassment to sexual assault.
How am I protected?
Employees are protected by both federal and state law from employment discrimination. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission works at the federal level to protect individuals from discrimination in the workplace. The EEOC receives and investigates complaints about discrimination. Additionally, the EEOC takes preventative measures by educating both employers about their responsibilities and employees about their legal rights.
At the state level, employees are also protected by more specific Michigan laws. More particularly of interest is the Workers’ Disability Compensation Act. This law requires many Michigan employers to provide adequate compensation for the wages and medical costs of their employees who suffer work-related injuries.
What does this have to do with Workers’ Compensation?
In some situations, issues of discrimination intersect with situations involving Workers Compensation. For example, individuals claiming wage benefits for Workers Compensation over an extended period of time may find themselves especially vulnerable to losing their jobs. If a company finds itself in a tight financial situation, those who have been filing for workers compensation benefits may be the first to go.
This is a case of unfair treatment on the basis of the individual’s disability status, and therefore violates employee rights regarding discrimination in the workplace.
How can an employment discrimination attorney help?
Unfortunately, if the company claims to be downsizing, it can be difficult without legal assistance and advice to definitively prove discrimination. An experienced and well-trained lawyer can help you investigate the basis of your termination. If you feel you’ve been unfairly treated, an employment discrimination attorney can help you receive your workers compensation benefits that are protected by the law.
Look no further than The Law Offices of Charters, Tyler, Zack & Shearer, P.C. for your employment discrimination attorney. We have dedicated our careers to fighting for the rights of employees. Let our team of experienced attorneys fight for you too. Call us today.