Workplace discrimination isn’t only against the law here in Indiana, it’s a federal offense. While discrimination based on race, age and gender are some of the most common types, it can take various other forms. Discrimination can also be based on:
- National origin
- Religious belief
- Genetic information
- Sex and pregnancy
- Tobacco use when not at work
- Citizenship status
- Color (which isn’t quite the same as race)
- Veteran status
- Sealed/expunged conviction records
If you’ve been discriminated against at work for any of the above reasons, don’t hesitate to give us a call. We have the skills to fight your case and help make things right to the best of our abilities. Schedule a consultation with us today.
Do You Believe You Have A Discrimination Claim?
Schedule a free consultation. Call 317-953-2144.
What Does Law Say About Discrimination?
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) governs workplace discrimination on a federal level and the Civil Rights Commission handles such cases here in Indiana. These types of laws apply to employers that have at least 15 employees, but there are exceptions when certain types of discrimination are involved. Age becomes a factor once an employer has at least 20 employees while citizenship status is a factor for those that have only four employees. Equal pay for men and women has no minimum employee number.
How Much Time Do I Have To File A Claim?
Not long. If you believe you were discriminated against, you have 180 days (approximately six months) from the date of the incident to file a claim with the EEOC. Give us a call before you file so we can walk through that step with you.
Once the claim is filed, you will be asked to partake in a mediation program as will your employer. Your employer will also have an opportunity to write a statement that will be given to the investigator along with your claim. When the investigation is done, the EEOC will determine if you truly have a discrimination case or not.
If they don’t believe discrimination occurred, you’ll receive a “Notice of Right to Sue,” which allows us to take the case to court. If the EEOC believes that discrimination did occur, then we’ll take the next steps in reaching a voluntary settlement. Usually, companies are willing to settle as litigation of these matters can be bad for their reputation. Should they decide not to settle, we’ll take the case to court.
Indianapolis, Indiana, Discrimination Attorney
There are a few key values we believe at our firm. We believe in equal rights for all, the American dream and helping you receive full and fair compensation. If you believe you were discriminated against because of your age, race, sex, religion, ethnicity, disability or pregnancy, don’t wait to give us a call. We’re available. Schedule a consultation with us today.