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How To Navigate Workplace Discrimination Cases

Employment Litigation Lawyer

As we age, our bodies change and we may find that it becomes harder to do the things we did easily before, such as running up the stairs or reaching to grab something from the top shelf of the closet. As these physical changes progress, some people may experience discrimination at work because of their age, sex, disability, or other protected characteristic under state and federal anti-discrimination laws. An employment litigation lawyer Washington, D.C. clients recommend, will help you understand your rights under anti-discrimination laws and represent you if you’ve experienced discrimination at work.

Latest Employment Litigation Case

A recent case against the Washington Post was thrown out. Felicia Sonmez sued the Post, claiming she was being discriminated against because she was not allowed certain assignments due to an incident she experienced. However, the Post proved that Sonmez was not allowed to write on those assignments because she would not be an impartial journalist having experienced an incident herself; in the Post’s rebuttal, it cited the anti-SLAPP (Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation) law which protects free speech.

Sonmez’s lawyers are arguing that this gives newspapers freedom to hide in the law claiming free speech; this is one of a very few set of cases that is citing the SLAPP law for discrimination — it is normally used for news stories or public events where there is a libel suit involved. Sonmez is going to try and appeal the ruling. The judge on the case stated they did not feel this case has a huge bearing on future SLAPP cases because limiting a reporter’s assignments would deal more with First Amendment issues rather than the SLAPP law.

How do I know if I’ve experienced employer discrimination?

If you feel like you’ve been treated unfairly at work, it’s possible that you’ve experienced employment discrimination. Some common signs include being passed over for promotions, being paid less than your colleagues, or being treated differently than other employees. If you’re not sure whether or not you’ve experienced discrimination, it’s important to speak with an experienced employment lawyer who can help you assess your case. You may also want to reach out to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and file a charge of discrimination if you think you have a strong case. However, before taking any legal action against your employer, it’s wise to consider all the options available so that you don’t miss out on anything. For example, sometimes employers will be willing to provide compensation in order to avoid litigation.

What does an employment litigation lawyer do?

An employment litigation lawyer investigates and represents employees who have faced discrimination in the workplace. This can include cases of sexual harassment, racial discrimination, or other forms of discrimination. The lawyer will gather evidence, interview witnesses, and build a case to present to a judge or jury. If the case is successful, the employee may be awarded damages. It is also their job to keep up with the ever-changing laws as they apply to employment litigation such as any changes that might occur due to the Washington Post case discussed earlier.

Contact a lawyer today at Eric Siegel Law for help.