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Silver Spring Maryland Employment Discrimination Blog

How does a federal job discrimination complaint work?

There are federal laws that protect employees of federal agencies and those applying to work at them from discrimination. That means federal employers can't discriminate based on race, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, and other protected bases. It is also against the law to retaliate against you if you file a discrimination complaint or refuse to go along with discrimination against a fellow employee.

If you work at a federal job or applied for one, it is your right to file a complaint if you believe you are a victim of discrimination. The first person you will need speak with is an EEO counselor for the federal agency in question. You must do so within 45 days from the date of discrimination. Typically, the counselor will offer you the chance to take part in EEO counseling or a program designed to resolve the dispute, such as mediation or another form of alternative dispute resolution.

Lawsuit from federal agent unveils harassment in workplace

A lawsuit has exposed difficulties that some federal employees endure when they attempt to report what they perceive as sexual harassment in the workplace.

A woman who for three decades worked as a special agent for the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) said that once she was assigned to delve into a report of sexual harassment as an internal affairs investigator, trouble ensued.

Report: Women in federal law enforcement face discrimination

A recently released Justice Department report from the inspector general contends women are underrepresented in high-ranking positions at a number of the top federal law enforcement agencies in the United States.

The report took a look at the workforce demographics at the U.S. Marshals Service, the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. It found that women represented just 16 percent of criminal investigators, according to a 2016 accounting.

Protections from workplace discrimination as a disabled person

As a person with disabilities, you may often feel worried about highlighting your personal needs in the workplace. It's probable that you do not enjoy drawing attention to how your disabilities alter your working environment, and the fact that you need adjustments made so that your working experience is a comfortable one. However, it is important to know that being provided with reasonable accommodations in the workplace is your legal right as a disabled person in the workplace.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was formed in 1990, and was designed to prevent the discrimination of disabled people in the workplace, provide them with legal grounds to make a claim if they do experience discrimination and give them the legal right to reasonable accommodations in the workplace.

What is an “adverse action?”

Federal and state laws protect workers from retaliation if they file a complaint or become a whistleblower. Far too often, however, workers who assert their rights are retaliated against.

It’s important to not only know your rights, but to know the legal terms for when and how they are being violated. One of the most important is the term “adverse action.” If you have filed a complaint with your employer, especially if it is the federal government, you should know what actions they cannot take against you.

Subtle gender discrimination in the workplace

Although there are many laws in place with a goal to prevent discrimination in the workplace in the United States, the sad fact is that gender discrimination still occurs, both in subtle and nonsubtle ways. Sometimes, it is acts of microaggressions that create a negative atmosphere in the workplace, and these are what need to be challenged from a legal perspective if real change is to be made.

Many people that are recipients of microaggressions and subtle acts of discrimination in the workplace may not want to take action for fear of being perceived as overreacting. However, the law provides protection from the more subtle types of gender discrimination, and it is important that victims feel empowered to stand up for their rights in this regard.

Protecting yourself after making a complaint

Each year, many people take the initiative to make complaints against their employer. This could be for many reasons; perhaps they have witnessed their employer engaging in fraudulent activities, or maybe they believe that their working environment is unsafe.

Whatever the reason is for the complaint, the employee who raised the complaint is then legally known as a whistleblower. This means that they are legally protected from any retaliation that may occur in the aftermath of the complaint. It is very common for an employer to take negative action against whistleblowers, perhaps by firing them or demoting them. However, this type of behavior is unlawful in most situations. Here are some ways that you can work to protect yourself as a whistleblower:

Your salary rights in Maryland

As an employee in Maryland, it is important to understand your legal rights when it comes to getting paid. Maryland is a hard-working state, and all workers should be paid fairly and on time.

Employers in Maryland must abide by strict minimum wage and overtime laws, as well as legal payday requirements. If employees believe that they have been not paid fairly or in accordance with state and federal laws, it is important that they consider taking action and standing up for their rights.

What federal law says about discrimination

It is common knowledge that discrimination is illegal in the workplace. However, many workers remain confused in regard to what this means, as well as whether they have in fact been a victim to discrimination.

Discrimination can take many forms, and this is why it can be difficult to define. However, the word itself is derived from the term "to distinguish." Therefore, the general meaning of discrimination is to treat a person differently from others based on an unfair reason. It is always better when all workers are treated equally and fairly by their employers.

What does disparate impact discrimination mean?

There are many protections in place to makes sure that people have the right not to be discriminated against at work. This means that if it can be proven that a person was treated negatively in the working environment because of his or her age, race, gender, disability, nationality, religion, marital status or pregnancy, he or she is automatically protected and can file a discrimination claim.

In situations where direct discrimination is present, it can be quite easy to file a claim. Say, for example, a manager is completely intolerant of his or her employee's religion to the point where he or she makes criticisms, denies a worker the reasonable arrangements to allow him or her to pray, and even demotes or fires him or her. In a situation like this, it is quite obvious that the manager is guilty of religious discrimination.

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