Seeking Justice For Oklahoma Workers
Are you treated unfairly at your job? Do you feel as if others of a different race, religion or gender are advancing faster than you up the corporate ladder? Were you wrongfully terminated or disciplined for blowing the whistle on illegal activities you noted at work?
Fortunately, employees are protected under federal or state employment laws from illegal or wrongful actions such as:
- Wrongful termination
There are many situations that can feel wrong but are not illegal. Your situation is unique. If you have a question about workplace treatment or actions that you believe are unwarranted, speak to an employment law attorney at Maples, Nix & Diesselhorst in Oklahoma City to learn about your legal options.
Can My Boss Fire Me Or Treat Me Differently?
As a general rule, your employer can terminate you for “any reason, or no reason at all,” so long as your employer does not violate state or federal employment laws. Which employment problems are really protected?
You are protected from being treated differently than other employee or potential employees based upon certain characteristics, including:
- Race or ethnicity
- Gender — including pregnancy
Different treatment by your employer may include demotion, termination, harassment, retaliation, failure to hire, etc. Your employer may be engaging in unlawful employment practices if it intentionally classifies, limits or segregates you as a worker or a job applicant in a way that denies or attempts to deny you potential employment opportunities. Negatively influencing your status as a worker based on these characteristics is also illegal.
Taking an action against for filing a workers’ compensation claim, taking leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act or reporting a violation by your employer is also illegal. If your employer asks you to take an illegal action and you refuse, it cannot retaliate against you. Unfortunately, this happens all the time.
Employers are required to make reasonable accommodations for religious practices, observances or beliefs, unless doing so would result in excessive hardship for the employer.
Protecting Your Rights As A Worker
This is only a skeleton outline of some of the potential issues employees face every day. Each case is different, and most claims have a very limited time frame in which they can be made, some as little as six months or less. If you believe you have been subjected to discriminatory treatment, retaliated against or treated wrongly in other ways at your workplace, it is important for you to remember that you have legal rights. We are here to help through the difficulties these actions can cause and work with you to resolve them.
Call Us Today To Discuss Your Employment Rights
At Maples, Nix & Diesselhorst in Oklahoma City, we can help you find out what your options are based upon the specifics of your circumstances, as well as what action must be taken in order to hold an unlawful employer legally responsible. To learn more about your legal rights, call our employment lawyers at 800-539-0652 today. You can also email us through our online form.