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Fighting Against Discrimination In The Workplace

When it comes to workplace discrimination, the rules couldn’t be simpler. Washington state law forbids employers from discriminating on the basis of age, race, sex, marital status, sexual identity, sexual orientation, disability and military status. Furthermore, employment agencies may not discriminate in classification or referrals, nor can they use discriminatory application forms.

Unfortunately, some employers disregard these rules and their discrimination can cause devastating consequences for you. At Stanley A. Kempner Jr. Attorney at Law, Mr. Kempner fights for the rights of employees throughout the Spokane area. With almost four decades of experience, he understands what it takes to obtain a favorable outcome in discrimination cases. You can trust him to fight for you.

Filing A Successful Discrimination Complaint

In Washington, you can either file a discrimination claim with the Washington State Human Rights Commission (WSHRC) or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). These agencies have a “work-sharing agreement,” meaning that the agencies work together when processing claims. Mr. Kempner will review your case, the evidence and help you through every step of the process.

Workplace discrimination is not always apparent, and can take place in small ways over time. Examples of workplace discrimination includes:

  • Laying off only older workers
  • Paying different salaries to equally qualified workers
  • Excluding candidates with certain characteristics during the hiring process
  • Firing or issuing a poor performance review for someone who takes disability or maternity leave
  • Harassment

Many victims of workplace discrimination are scared to speak up in case they face retaliation from their employer. Retaliation is illegal in Washington, and is something else an experienced employment attorney can help you fight against.

Don’t Wait To Get Started On Your Case

Under state law, discrimination complaints must be signed within six months of the date of the alleged incident. Therefore, if you believe you have suffered workplace discrimination for any of the reasons listed above, it’s important that you be as proactive as possible in seeking a resolution. If you decide to wait, you may end up losing your chance to file a claim. To learn more, contact Stanley A. Kempner Jr. Attorney at Law by calling 509-590-4563 or completing an online contact form.