If you’ve experienced discrimination in the workplace, you know that it can make life difficult — and not just during work hours. If your Chambersburg, PA employer has discriminated against you, you have legal rights. An experienced Chambersburg employment discrimination lawyer at Marzzacco Niven & Associates can help you understand your options.
Marzzacco Niven & Associates has over 120 combined years of experience fighting for wronged employees. We know how to ensure that your employer honors your rights and treats you fairly at the workplace.
Contact us today at (717) 388-2378 to schedule a free consultation with one of our Chambersburg employment discrimination attorneys. We’re here to listen to you and help you find a legal solution for your case.
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How Can Marzzacco Niven & Associates Help With an Employment Discrimination Claim in Chambersburg, PA?
Employers cannot discriminate against employees based on fixed characteristics. However, they frequently do. You may not know where to turn if you’ve experienced termination, suspension, or some other adverse action at work due to your race, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, or ethnicity.
You deserve an experienced Chambersburg employment lawyer fighting for your rights. At Marzzacco Niven & Associates, we’ve been helping employees hold discriminatory employers accountable for decades. Our legal team has earned many awards for our stellar results, including recognition from Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers of America.
When you hire our Chambersburg employment law attorneys, we will
- Explain the state and federal anti-discrimination laws that apply in your case
- Gather evidence that you experienced discrimination at work
- Help you track and calculate your damages
- Handle all communications and negotiations with your side
- Take care of all administrative tasks in your case
- Represent you in court in pursuit of justice
Don’t suffer discrimination quietly. Our legal team can help you stand up and demand to be treated fairly. Contact us today in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania to schedule a free consultation to discuss your claim.
What is Employment Discrimination?
Employment discrimination is what it sounds like, discrimination in the workplace. However, it’s not just any type of discrimination. It typically involves discriminatory conduct — from your employer or fellow employees — based on a legally protected characteristic.
Federal and state laws offer legal protections to workers. Many of these laws prohibit employers from taking adverse action against you based on your race, ethnicity, natural origin, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy status, and more.
Intentional discrimination is the most obvious type of employment discrimination. This is when your employer takes an adverse employment action against you based on your protected characteristic. This action might range from termination or suspension to demotion or reassignment.
Disparate impact is another form of employment discrimination. With disparate impact, your employer may not intend to discriminate against you, but they may make a policy that impacts you and other members of a protected class in a disproportionate way.
Employment discrimination can be subtle and hard to spot. It can also take many forms. If you feel you’ve been discriminated against at work, Marzzacco Niven & Associates can help you understand your rights and options.
Overview of U.S. and Pennsylvania Employment Discrimination Laws
There are many different anti-discrimination laws. Some come from the federal level, and some from the state level.
Our employment discrimination lawyers in Chambersburg have extensive experience handling all types of employee discrimination claims. We explain what laws might apply to your case below:
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
Title VII protects employees from intentional discrimination and disparate impact discrimination. It applies to employers with 15 or more employees.
Title VII prohibits discrimination on the basis of:
- National Origin
- Sexual Orientation
The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is the federal agency responsible for enforcing Title VII. If your employer discriminates against you in violation of Title VII, you may be able to file a claim with the EEOC. You will typically have to seek a resolution with the EEOC before you can file a lawsuit.
Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967
Discrimination based on age is not just “ageism.” It’s illegal. The Age Discrimination in Employment Act provides legal protections for employees and job applicants who are 40 years of age or older.
The Americans With Disabilities Act
The Americans with Disabilities Act prevents employers from discriminating against employees due to disability. Employers may have to provide accommodations to employees with disabilities to enable them to perform their job effectively — assuming they are otherwise qualified to do their job.
Overview of Pennsylvania State Antidiscrimination Laws
Pennsylvania state law may provide additional protections for workers. The Pennsylvania Human Relations Act precludes employers from discrimination based on:
- National origin
- Religious beliefs
- Familial status
- Sex or sexual orientation
- Handicap or disability
This state law protects employees, job applicants, and independent contractors.
What Types of Damages Are Available To Employees Who Have Faced Discrimination in Chambersburg?
Victims of employment discrimination may be entitled to many types of damages from their employer. The damages will depend on the facts of your case and the ways the discrimination has affected your life.
You may be able to recover the compensation for the following losses:
- Back pay
- The cost of counseling to cope with discrimination or harassment
- Employee benefits
- Job search expenses
- Attorney’s fees/court costs
You may also be entitled to damages for emotional distress and anxiety related to the discrimination. Our lawyers can help you maximize your compensation. Contact us today to learn more about the damages you can pursue.
We Have Experience With All Types of Employment Discrimination Claims in Chambersburg
At Marzzacco Niven & Associates, our Chambersburg employment discrimination lawyers handle all types of workplace discrimination cases in PA.
We frequently represent employees who have faced:
- Age discrimination
- Disability discrimination
- Hostile work environment
- National origin discrimination
- Pregnancy discrimination
- Religious discrimination
- Sexual harassment and discrimination
- Wage and hour violations
We have decades of experience holding employers accountable for unlawful behavior. We’ve recovered millions for our clients. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation with an employment discrimination attorney in Chambersburg.
How Do I Prove I Was Discriminated Against by My Employer in Pennsylvania?
Proving discrimination can be extremely difficult. Employers will rarely come right out and say they are treating you unfairly due to your sex, race, or another protected characteristic.
You will typically have to show four elements to have a successful discrimination case:
- You were a member of a protected class.
- Your employer knew you were a part of a protected class.
- You suffered an adverse employment action.
- There was a causal relationship between the adverse action and your protected characteristic.
Our legal team can help you gather the evidence you need to prove your case. We can analyze employer policies to determine whether they treated you less favorably than other employees.
Contact us today to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case with a Chambersburg employment lawyer.
How Long Do I Have To File an Employment Discrimination Claim in PA?
You won’t have unlimited time to file an employment discrimination claim. The EEOC only gives you 180 days to file your claim, starting on the date you experienced the discriminatory conduct. Pennsylvania has the same 180-day deadline for state law violations.
Don’t wait to get started on your employment law case. Our law office is ready to help. We can assist you in understanding — and meeting — the timelines in your case.
Contact a Chambersburg Employment Discrimination Lawyer for Help
If you believe an employer violated your rights under state or federal nondiscrimination laws, it’s important to act fast. You won’t have long to file a claim, and evidence of discrimination may be lost the longer you wait.
Contact our Chambersburg employment discrimination lawyers at Marzzacco Niven & Associates to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case. We’ll help you understand your rights and identify your options for holding your employer accountable.