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How Do You React To Discrimination At Work?

Do you ignore it and hope that it will not happen again? Do you simply move on if that discrimination resulted in job loss? Are you surprised to find yourself the target of discriminatory treatment at work? You may not know what to do. You may feel alone.

However, you are not alone. Each year, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) receives thousands of discrimination complaints. It files hundreds of lawsuits against offenders for unfair or illegal treatment due to race, sex, disability, religion and other factors.

The EEOC recovers millions in financial awards for claimants without going to trial, often through settlements and mediation. Litigation recovers even more money. Are you receiving adverse treatment at work based on your race, sex, religion or any other protected factor? Contact an experienced employment law attorney about your possible claim today.

Put a stop to discrimination. At The Amlong Firm, we have dedicated our careers to helping people like you file discrimination claims. If you believe you have been the target of workplace discrimination, you deserve justice. Contact us today so our attorneys can go to work protecting your rights. You can reach us online or call us at 954-519-2235 or 877-367-4440. We help professionals throughout Broward, Dade and Palm Beach counties.

The U.S. Has Stringent Anti-Discrimination Laws

Federal and state laws protect professionals with rigorous anti-discrimination laws. Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title I and V of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), employers, employment agencies and unions may not discriminate against job applicants and employees based on:

  • National origin, race or color
  • Sex or gender
  • Pregnancy
  • Religion
  • Disability
  • Age

Employers must abide by these laws at each stage of their hiring and employment processes — from the advertisement and interview to the job offer, hiring, training, promotion, transfer, pay, benefits and other employment-related conditions. The Equal Pay Act (EPA) regulates how employers are to provide compensation to women and men doing the same type of work.

Are There Limits Of Anti-Discrimination Protection In The Workplace?

Title VII and the ADA only apply to employers with 15 or more employees. In addition, legitimate business purposes may allow some types of discrimination under Title VII. If a job requires a specific characteristic or skill set, an employer may have a legitimate business reason for discriminating in selecting candidates for the position. These characteristics are commonly known as bona fide occupational qualifications (BFOQs). This is a narrow exception.

Although sexual orientation is not considered a protected class under Title VII, some courts have held that homosexual, bisexual and transgender individuals may bring claims related to sex stereotyping in violation of Title VII.

The ADEA only applies to workers 40 years of age and older and employers with 20 or more employees. The ADEA does not prevent employers from favoring older employees over employees who are less than 40 years old.

Under the EPA, women and men may be paid differently for equal work if the pay is based on seniority, merit, productivity or another factor not related to sex.

We Have Decades Of Experience Fighting Discrimination Of All Kinds

Filing a charge of employment discrimination starts with the EEOC. Before a person can file a discrimination lawsuit in federal court, the claim must be evaluated by the EEOC. After it conducts its initial investigation, the EEOC will encourage mediation, sue the employer or issue a right to sue letter. The right to sue letter allows the claimant to file a lawsuit in federal court. The claimant may seek the assistance of an attorney at any time during this process.

If your employment rights have been violated, speak with a lawyer from The Amlong Firm in Fort Lauderdale to learn your rights and plan your strategy. When you enlist our law firm, you have the strength of experienced trial attorneys behind you.

Our firm's founding attorneys, Bill Amlong and Karen Coolman Amlong, have been selected for inclusion on the Florida Super Lawyers list for several years, and they are both AV Preeminent peer review-rated* through Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating possible. These qualifications, coupled with the fact that we have more than 74 years of combined legal experience, mean we have the skill and experience to handle even the most complex employment law case.

We have a solid reputation for successfully representing employees in discrimination claims of all kinds, including:

While cases tend to be settled through negotiation, we always prepare cases as if we are going to trial. We do this because trial is always a possibility, and we want to make it clear to our opponent that we are prepared. An opponent who knows that we are ready to fight in the courtroom, and knows our reputation for success at trial, is more likely to do what is right by offering a fair settlement. Email us or call us at 954-519-2235 or 877-367-4440 today to get started.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer-review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings TM fall into two categories - legal ability and general ethical standards.

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Karen provided me with all of the information needed to enable me to make sound decisions supported by her recommendations each step of the way. Her strategy and control of the process resulted in a fair settlement without having to go through a trial by jury.

At the end of the day, I trust Karen Amlong. Her knowledge and experience is evident. She kept me and my best interests in the forefront at all times and everything we discussed during our initial consult ended up being spot on, even the timeline..

Regardless of how hard the opposition pushed, the Amlong Firm dug in, and defended even harder. The Amlong Firm not only fought on behalf of myself, but also for my family in regards to the harm they suffered.

Fighting for justice is exhausting. When the other lawyer is playing dirty tricks, it's reassuring to know that The Amlong Firm has gone all the way to the Supreme Court to fight for justice for for a client – and they won.

My phone calls always were answered, my questions and concerns were dealt with promptly. Knowing I had competent, respected representation at this very stressful time was step one in moving on.

The decision to obtain Karen Amlong was the best choice I could have made dealing with my case. I highly recommend this attorney for anyone who is looking for a strong, aggressive attorney.

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