Pittsburgh Employment & Workers Compensation Lawyer
Sometimes bad things happen to good people.
If you were injured at work or discriminated against by your employer, you may suddenly find yourself in a painful, difficult and confusing situation. You may feel helpless, and the situation may put you in a difficult financial position.
Unfortunately, workplace discrimination happens frequently in Pennsylvania and across the United States.
In 2014 alone, there were a total of 88,778 charges filed with theacross the U.S. Of those charges:
- 35% were based on race
- 29.3% were based on sex
- 10.8% were based on national origin
- 4.0% were based on religion
- 3.1% were based on color
4.6% of U.S. charges were filed in, for a state total of 4,045 charges.
Of those charges:
- 28.4% were based on race (3.7% of the U.S. total)
- 27.2% were based on sex (4.2% of the U.S. total)
- 7.4% were based on national origin (3.1% of the U.S. total)
- 3.7% were based on religion (4.2% of the U.S. total)
- 1.9% were based on color (2.8% of the U.S. total)
Simply put, there are far too many cases of discrimination in Pennsylvania, and the United States as a whole. If you have been discriminated against in the workplace, you do have legal options.
Types of Discrimination
While many people assume that discrimination in the workplace is largely based on race or color, there are actually many forms of discrimination, including:
- Discrimination based on gender
- Discrimination based on religious preferences
- Discrimination based on age
- Discrimination based on disability status
- Discrimination based on sexual orientation
- Discrimination based on race or perceived race
What to Do About Discrimination
Being the victim of discrimination in the workplace can make you feel violated, frustrated, and even afraid. You may not know where to turn or what to do.
Fortunately, you do have legal recourse against your employer for on-the-job discrimination.
While it is possible to file a claim with the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission on your own, the process is often complicated and lengthy.
By working with an experienced Pennsylvania workplace discrimination lawyer, you can get the legal advice and guidance you need to face your case with confidence.
If you have been discriminated against at your job, it’s critical that you contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible to discuss your rights under Pennsylvania law.
Over the last 10 years, more and more women have entered the work force. However, this surge in female employees has not necessarily been well received by employers and co-workers.
In 2008, the:
- 52% of workers surveyed had experienced sexual harassment in the workplace in some form
- 27% of those workers were sexually harassed by a co-worker, while 17% were sexually harassed by a supervisor
- 79% of those workers were women, and 21% were men
- 12% of those workers were threatened with the loss of their job if they didn’t comply with the demands of the harasser
Being sexually harassed in the workplace is a frightening experience, leaving the victims feeling powerless against their employer and unable to control the situation.
If you have been sexually harassed while on the job, you have the right to explore legal action against your employer. An experienced sexual harassment attorney in Pennsylvania can assist you.
Retaliation in the workplace occurs when an employee makes a claim of discrimination or harassment to a supervisor or the EEOC, and the employer retaliates against the employee with negative actions.
Retaliation can occur with any type of discrimination or harassment report, including discrimination based on race, color, national origin, gender, disability status, age, and sexual orientation.
Examples of retaliation include but are not limited to:
- Firing or demoting an employee for reporting discrimination or harassment
- Leaving an employee who has reported discrimination or harassment out of training opportunities or opportunities for advancement
- Moving an employee to a different department or changing their job responsibilities
- Disciplining the employee for reporting discrimination or harassment, such as writing the employee up
- Discontinuing an employee’s benefits
If you made a report to your supervisor or the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission for discrimination or harassment and your employer has taken action against you, you could be the victim of retaliation.
An experienced attorney can assist you with a retaliation claim in order to protect your rights under Pennsylvania law.
Workplace injuries are common, especially in the construction or manufacturing fields.
Employers have the responsibility to keep the workplace free from known hazards and to keep employees on the job safe from injuries.
However, injuries do happen and workers’ compensation can help you cover the expenses related to an on-the-job accident.
What is Workers’ Compensation?
Workers’ compensation is designed to provide an injured employee with adequate medical care for the injury without cost and to replace some or all of the lost income that results from time away from work due to the accident.
Although workers’ compensation seems straightforward at first, the process can actually turn out to be quite complex, which is frustrating for injured workers and their families.
How to Get Workers’ Compensation
While it is possible to file for and be awarded workers’ compensation on your own, many workers’ compensation claims are denied for a variety of reasons, including:
- The initial accident report does not match up with the doctor’s exam
- The employee tested positive for drugs or alcohol
- Failure to file the accident report within a specified time period
- Mistakes on the accident report
By working with a seasoned Pennsylvania workers’ compensation attorney, you can increase the chances that your claim will be accepted and you will receive the funds you need to get back on your feet after a workplace injury.
Contact Sean A. Casey, Esquire Today
It can be a frustrating time when getting answers to pressing questions and finding solutions to your problems seems almost impossible.
I understand the myriad of problems that come from injuries and economic crises and have tailored my practice to meet the needs of people who find themselves in these types of situations.
I will use my legal experience to work with you to achieve resolution, effectively navigate the legal system and obtain a successful result.
If you find yourself in a situation that seems overwhelming, please call and give me the opportunity to help you obtain the peace of mind you deserve.