Exercise Your Rights After Employment Discrimination
Everyone deserves to be treated fairly and with respect at work. Discrimination or unfair treatment based on characteristics like race or religion is an unfortunately common occurrence. If you have been the victim of discrimination, knowing your rights is important. The Law Offices of Joseph C. Bird, PLLC, can protect your rights and help you seek compensation for the way you were treated.
Forms Of Workplace Discrimination
Workplace discrimination can take many forms. You can file a complaint if you have been discriminated against in situations like these:
- You have been paid less money for the same amount of work as other employees
- You have been harassed or treated unequally
- You were refused employment or denied a promotion, seemingly based on characteristics such as race, gender, etc.
- You were denied membership or expelled from a labor organization
Michigan law prohibits this discrimination in the workplace and the Michigan Civil Rights Commission is tasked with identifying and stopping this behavior when it occurs.
Workers in Michigan are protected from discrimination based on the following categories:
- National origin
- Weight or height
- Familial or marriage status
- Arrest record
- Physical or mental disabilities
These investigations often take months or longer, so it is important to start building your case with a skilled attorney as soon as possible. There are strict time limits for filing charges of employment discrimination. You must file with either Michigan’s Equal Employment Opportunity Commission within 300 days or the Michigan Department of Civil Rights within 180 days of the date you were discriminated against. If those agencies do not resolve the case, our skilled employment law attorneys can help you pursue your claim in court.