Your employment at any company is subject to many rules and regulations through both Virginia law and federal law. You may not be discriminated against for a number of reasons and you may not be forced to leave a job based on any form of abuse. If you believe that you have been subject to discrimination or abuse in the workplace, do not hesitate to contact an experienced employment law attorney.
Employment Law Disputes
Employers are subject to strict codes of conduct which involves protection for employees in the case of verbal or physical abuse and discrimination in the workplace. This applies to employers as much as other employees. This covers the following:
- Racial discrimination
- Gender discrimination
- Religious discrimination
- Age discrimination
- Sexual harassment
- Disability issues
- Family or medical leave
- Overtime pay
- Unemployment benefits
- Safety issues
One of the main workplace complaints includes discrimination on the basis of a number of reasons, but frequently includes race, gender, age, and religion. A supervisor cannot discriminate against an employee for any of these reasons, although it is often seen in basis of assignments or promotions. Additionally, another employee cannot cause an inhospitable workplace environment due to derogatory comments based on a coworker’s race, gender, religion, or age. If you have been subject to discrimination in any of these manners, you should speak to an employment attorney as soon as possible.
Other employment-related disputes focus on abuse in the workplace which is closely related to discrimination. This can be either verbal abuse or sexual harassment. Many men feel as though they have the power to harass a woman coworker in ways they feel are appropriate. However, a coworker may not speak in a derogatory or vulgar manner to other coworkers, and this may be considered sexual harassment.
Women are frequently the subject of employment disputes related to family and medical leave. Employers must allow unpaid time off for expectant mothers or for other employees in case of severe medical emergencies in the family.
If you have received an injury due to an unsafe work environment, you may have a claim against your employer for their inability to meet safety codes. Many employers do not want to spend the money to ensure their facilities are safe for workers which often result in severe injuries.