We rely on our jobs for financial security. But, that does not mean that we have to tolerate discrimination in the workplace. Sadly, however, many employees do tolerate discrimination in the workplace because they believe they will get fired if they report such abuse.
Learn how federal and state laws strictly prohibit this, and how to go about filing a workplace discrimination claim in Utah.
Workplace Discrimination Laws
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects employees and job applicants from employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, and national origin. This is a federal law that applies to all states. Additionally, each state may have unique protections that act as a supplement to federal law.
In Utah, for example, employers can't discriminate based on the following characteristics:
- Race or color
- Pregnancy, childbirth, or pregnancy-related conditions
- Age (40 and older)
- National origin
- Sexual orientation or gender identity
If you have experienced discrimination in the workplace, you may file a Charge of Discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). It is illegal for your employer to fire, demote, or take any other negative employment action against you for filing such a claim.
There are several ways to file a claim, including the following:
- Use the EEOC Public Portal to Submit an Inquiry.
- File a claim in person at an EEOC Office.
- Discuss your claim with an EEOC representative at (800) 669-4000.
Workplace discrimination can prevent you from earning the money you deserve and can cause you significant emotional stress. Our experienced employment law attorneys can help you file a Charge of Discrimination, file a lawsuit against your employer, and obtain justice.
Call Pearson Butler at (800) 265-2314 to schedule a consultation.