Discrimination in Education & Employment
As an employee, you have rights that are protected by state and federal law. In Oregon, you cannot be discriminated against in the workplace because of your race, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, national origin, or religion. You have the right to be paid for the work you perform, on-site or off, and you have the right to work in a workplace free from unlawful harassment. Firing an employee in retaliation for whistleblowing, or because they filed a workers’ compensation claim, or complained of discrimination, or missed work because of military obligations, is not legal.
The attorneys at Johnson Johnson Lucas & Middleton fiercely enforce the rights of workers, as individuals or in class actions. These cases can be complex, and the phrase “at will” can be intimidating – and confusing – to employees who feel they may not have a claim. Discrimination is often subtle. Catch phrases such as “a poor economy” or “downsizing” could be given to you in explanation for your termination or loss of promotion – as other, less qualified candidates are kept or advanced.
Unequal pay, pregnancy discrimination, wrongful termination, failure to promote qualified candidates – all could be grounds for a legal claim. Employers who deny medical leave, or who refuse to accommodate an employee with a disability, could be in violation of the law. Sexual harassment creates a frightening, hostile workplace environment and is illegal.
Employment claims are usually complex and can be difficult to prove. Failure to file a claim within a legally determined period of time could prohibit you from seeking justice you deserve. Should the violations occur to a group of employees who come forward, the result could be a class action lawsuit. Companies frequently misclassify salaried workers as exempt from overtime when they should be earning time and a half. These violations too may lead to a class action case.
We understand that employees who may have legal claims may be reluctant to talk with anyone about the specifics of your complaint. Please know that your call to us is confidential. We also suggest you gather any documents you have related to your employment, including pay stubs, copies of employment contracts, employee handbook or manual, award citations, or other documents you feel could be relevant (without taking anything that your employer considers confidential).
Attorney Jennifer Middleton of Johnson Johnson Lucas & Middleton represents private and public employees in disputes with employers both at trial and on appeal to secure fair compensation for our clients and build workplace fairness through the law.