Best Lawyers For Workplace Fairness?

The EEOC’s mission is to promote and maintain fair, equitable treatment for all who work in the federal workplace. The commission has been charged with “dealing with complaints of discrimination based on race, color, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, religion, age (40 or older), disability as defined by the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and genetic information.” In addition to these protected classes under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act which includes sexual harassment claims within its jurisdiction, there are 55 other federally protected categories that may be brought before an EEOC administrative judge. These include:

Race Color National Origin Religion Age Genetic Information Disability Political beliefs Sex Physical or mental handicap Defamation Ancestry Association with a person having a particular characteristic International workers Domestic workers Prisoners Occupation Mental impairment Medical condition Marital status Pregnancy Sexual harassment

These 56 additional areas pose significant exposure for companies since they represent such strong bases upon which lawsuits can be built against employers regarding employment practices. While most employees will not bring suit describing their jobs as ‘beneath them’ because they do not find it possible to imagine violating any law; those who feel disrespected by co-workers might very well claim that they were discriminated against and harassed on account of one or more of these classifications covered under Title VII: race/color; national origins; religion; age (40+); physical/mental handicap; political affiliation; sex

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