The unfortunate news is that if you experience any of the unlawful behaviors below, you technically have recourse, but what it will come down to is if you can afford a lawyer OR if you are lucky enough to have the EEOC or your state human right’s division represent you for free – or if you are lucky enough to find a lawyer who will represent you on contingency, which is more and more rare.
There IS recourse under the law. Unfortunately that recourse is not affordable for most Americans.
Also, most employers WILL fire employees who formally complain to an external agency. This is supposed to be unlawful, but it happens every day and in epidemic proportions because workplaces know that those they fire probably cannot afford an attorney to fight back.
unsafe working conditions
racial discrimination / harrassment
ethnic discrimination / harassment
religious discrimination / harassment
disability discrimination/ harassment
age discrimination / harassment
gender discrimination / harassment
retaliation for having raised concerns about violations of labor, ethics, workplace safety, product/consumer safety, environmental, or other regulations and/or laws
retaliation for having gone to EEOC, OSHA, City/State Divisions of Human Rights, EPA, DOJ, etc to report violations of law in your workplace
workplace bullying, etc. (to be continued).
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Copyright 2009 Denise A Romano – Reproduction allowed with copyright intact and inclusion of this blog address