Dedicated Phoenix Attorneys Provide Arizona Employees Peace of Mind About Employment Discrimination
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Despite what we’d like to believe, discrimination still appears in the workforce. Although our society has made plenty of progress in the past 50 years with reducing discrimination, companies and businesses are sometimes negligent in creating and enforcing antidiscrimination and anti-harassment policies. At Lewis and Pokora, we’re here to help if you’ve been the victim of unfair treatment or discrimination in the workplace.
How do I recognize workplace discrimination?
In Arizona, illegal discrimination is generally based on the following factors:
Sometimes it’s difficult to identify discrimination, as it comes in many forms. A company might be underpaying those employees who are in a racial minority. A business could be offering less opportunity for advancement to workers who speak English as a second language. Women (and men, depending on the situation) can suffer from a hostile work environment because of sex and gender — and many have been denied promotions or increased pay simply because of their gender.
There are other situations in which our Phoenix employment discrimination attorneys can help you too. Our disabled colleagues frequently are denied jobs or opportunities because of employers failing to provide accommodations in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). And the prospect of retaliation by a boss may loom over those who stand up for their coworkers by opposing illegal discrimination or assisting an investigation by federal and state agencies and private attorneys.
What about sexual assault and sexual harassment at my job?
Sexual harassment is illegal and unacceptable in the workplace, and sexual assault is illegal and unacceptable no matter where it takes place. Sexual harassment includes when a boss or coworker inappropriately touches, sexually bullies, stalks or makes unwelcome sexual comments at the office. Sometimes this can involve a “tangible loss,” such as sex in return for a promotion. At other times, the behavior comes in the form of “severe or persuasive harassment,” which includes misconduct by other employees and the creation of a hostile work environment — the unease or fear of going to work because of the offensive, intimidating or oppressive workplace created by the harasser.
If you have been forced to have sex or engage in sexual acts in your workplace, you may be the victim of a workplace sexual assault. Beyond the criminal implications, you may have claims for negligent pre-employment screenings or other claims. We have successfully handled these claims against individuals and corporations.
Discrimination and retaliation are unacceptable and often illegal
With more than 20 years of combined experience, the attorneys at Lewis and Pokora have fought for the rights of employees throughout the greater Phoenix area. Discrimination, harassment and retaliation for race, gender, age or any factor are not acceptable and often against the law. The effects of discrimination and retaliation range from clear financial problems — losing one’s job or having pay reduced or withheld — to the emotional and mental effects of harassment and a hostile work environment, where employees do not feel safe and willing to put in the time and effort to succeed.
The laws on discrimination, retaliation and harassment mean that our retaliation lawyers can battle on your behalf to obtain compensation for the harms you have suffered. We represent you before the Arizona Attorney General’s Civil Rights Division (CRD), the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), state and federal courts and local human rights committees throughout the state.
Contact a Phoenix law firm skilled at resolving employment discrimination cases both in and out of the courtroom
At Lewis and Pokora, we strive to obtain compensation for your injuries, whether physical or emotional. Discrimination, harassment and retaliation make up many of the bruising injuries to your psyche that can occur in the workplace. Our extensive background allows us to analyze your case to determine your rights and to find out which remedies are available, inside and outside the courtroom. You will always meet with an attorney on your visits, and our compassionate staff is here to help. If you believe that you are being discriminated against at work, call us at 602.889.6666 or email us via our contact form on this site.