Civil Rights Attorneys in Employment Rights Violations

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Despite the fact that the United States is a melting pot of culture, every citizen is vested with civil rights which include protection from discrimination or denial of equal protection of the laws because of race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, or national origin, or in the administration of justice.

But despite the presence of laws such as Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, civil rights abuses continue to be committed left and right. A large majority of civil right violations are committed by unscrupulous employers who consider profit to be more important than people. 

There are many employees who are unjustly deprived of their civil rights but are rendered helpless because they do not know their rights or the law and often have no choice but to acquiesce to sub-par wages, unequal treatment, and hostile environment.

A civil rights attorney is a beleaguered employee’s go to person, if they feel that their rights are getting violated by their employers.

A civil rights attorney, who can also be an employment lawyer, can be the employee’s counsel when addressing the workplace discrimination and labor rights violation experienced by the worker. He will represent the employee’s interest in court and help attain justice for his client through his legal expertise.

The following are federal laws which are related to upholding the employee’s civil rights in the workplace:

  • Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 – This is the leading civil rights law in the United States. Title VII makes it illegal to discriminate against someone on the bases of race, color, religion, national origin, or sex. Employer retaliation is also prohibited by this law and employers are also required to reasonably accommodate applicants' and employees' religion and disability unless it would constitute undue hardship.
  • The Pregnancy Discrimination Act - It is against the law to discriminate against a woman because she is pregnant, or gave birth, or has a medical condition related to pregnancy or childbirth.
  • Equal Pay Act of 1963 (EPA) – This law provides that men and women should be given the same wages if they perform equal work in the same workplace.
  • age discrimination in employment Act of 1967 (ADEA) - People who are 40 years old or older are protected from discrimination because of their age.
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) – Employment discrimination against a qualified person with a disability in the private sector and in state and local governments is prohibited. Employers are also required to reasonably accommodate their employee’s known physical or mental limitations unless it would impose an undue hardship on the operation of the employer's business.

Your civil rights attorney should be well-versed in the application of these laws as these are the most commonly violated rights.

Hiring the services of an experienced and knowledgeable civil rights attorney is the best way to handle civil rights violations, especially those committed in the workplace.

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