Many employees do not understand all of the rights they have. This can lead to wrongful terminations and employers getting away with their illegal actions.
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects American workers from discrimination or harassment based on certain characteristics or life statuses. If you have been fired, demoted, or faced any other negative employment action on the basis of a protected class, you may have a valid workplace discrimination claim.
What Counts as Workplace Discrimination?
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits workplace discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, sex, age, and more. Federal law protects several groups or classes of people, while many states have created their own workplace discrimination laws that provide additional protections.
In Utah, specifically, you may not be fired, demoted, or experience any other negative employment action based on the following protected classes:
- Age (40 and older)
- National origin
- Sexual orientation
In addition to negative employment actions such as firing, demoting, or refusing to hire or promote, it is illegal for your employer or co-worker to harass you on the basis of one of the protected classes. Such behavior must be persistent enough to create a hostile work environment.
Experienced Workplace Discrimination or Wrongful Termination? Contact Us Today
If you have experienced workplace discrimination or were wrongfully terminated, our employment law attorneys at Pearson Butler can protect your rights and help you recover the compensation you deserve from your employer.
Contact Pearson Butler at (800) 265-2314 to schedule a consultation.