Indianapolis Attorney Seeking Justice For Workplace Discrimination Victims
There are both state and federal laws that prohibit employers in Indiana from discriminating against workers based on their:
- Veteran Status
- National Origin
But unfortunately, these laws are not enough to stop some employers from engaging in discriminatory practices. Employment discrimination is illegal. If you are a victim of workplace discrimination, you could be entitled to compensation. Contact the skilled attorneys at Beeman Heifner Benge P.A. as soon as possible to discuss your rights.
What Are Some Examples of Job Discrimination?
Discrimination is the practice of treating someone unfairly or differently than others due to one of the protected characteristics mentioned above. Employment discrimination can take many different forms, and some are far more subtle than others. It’s important to understand what qualifies as illegal discrimination so you know when your workplace rights are being violated.
Employment decisions that are made based on someone’s protected characteristics are considered discriminatory. Some examples of job discrimination include:
- Terminating an employee
- Refusing to hire a job applicant
- Denying an employee a promotion
- Issuing a pay cut to an employee
- Assigning an employee unfavorable hours or shifts
- Denying an employee certain work-related benefits that they are entitled to
- Refusing to make reasonable accommodations for an employee as required by law
- Excluding certain classes of candidates when recruiting for an open position
These actions constitute illegal discrimination if they are motivated by someone’s race, religion, color, sex, disability, veteran status, national origin, ancestry, or age. For example, if someone is terminated simply because of his religion, this is a form of discrimination. However, if he is terminated because of his poor work performance, this is not workplace discrimination. The decision must have been primarily motivated by the victim’s protected characteristic.
If you believe you have been discriminated against by your employer, it’s in your best interest to seek legal representation at once.
How Do I File A Discrimination Lawsuit in Indiana?
Employers can be held legally liable for engaging in discriminatory practices. However, you cannot file a discrimination lawsuit against your employer right away. First, you must file a claim with either the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or the Indiana Civil Rights Commission (ICRC).
The EEOC or ICRC will review your claim and decide if it warrants an investigation. If it does, the EECO or ICRC will investigate your allegations by conducting interviews, obtaining documents, and gathering other forms of evidence. If the EEOC or ICRC is unable to find evidence of discrimination, they will close the investigation and give you a “Notice of Right to Sue.” At this point, you are allowed to take legal action against your employer on your own.
The EEOC or ICRC will attempt to resolve your claim if they find evidence of discrimination. If they are unable to reach a settlement with your employer, the EEOC or ICRC may decide to file a lawsuit on your behalf. If these agencies decide not to file a lawsuit, they will issue a Notice of Right to Sue so you can take legal action on your own.
You should still contact an attorney as soon as possible even though you cannot file a lawsuit against your employer right away. Your attorney can guide you through the process of notifying the EEOC or ICRC and ensure your rights are protected every step of the way. If the EECO or ICRC cannot resolve your claim, your attorney will be ready to step in and file a lawsuit for you.
What Happens If I Win My Discrimination Lawsuit Against My Employer?
As a victim of discrimination, you are entitled to compensation. Employers that are found liable in discrimination cases may be required to compensate victims for:
- Lost earnings
- Lost Benefits
- Emotional pain and suffering
- Legal fees
- Other damages
The goal is to make the victim “whole” by returning them to the state they were in prior to the discrimination. This means compensating victims for the income they have lost, the emotional distress they have suffered, and other damages caused by the discriminatory practices.
Schedule A Free Consultation With Our Indianapolis Discrimination Lawyers Today
Have you been discriminated against in the workplace? There’s no time to waste—seek legal representation from the experienced employment discrimination attorneys at Beeman Heifner Benge P.A. at once. We are committed to helping workers in Indianapolis take legal action to protect their workplace rights. To schedule a free consultation, call 317-793-2015 or submit your information using the form on this website.