Know Your Rights As An Employee

Discrimination at the hands of a Norman employer is a very serious matter. As a worker, you are afforded rights under the state and federal laws that protect you from being discriminated against based on things like gender or race. However, due to the often complex nature of employment law, you need an attorney who is well versed in this area when making a claim.

Here at Ward & Glass, L.L.P., we bring to the table an extensive legal background spanning more than 15 years. Our litigation experience at the state and federal levels means we are prepared to represent you in court if alternate resolutions to your employment dispute are not possible. When it comes to the paperwork involved in filing a discrimination claim, our lawyers have the skills necessary to undertake an in-depth analysis and determine suitable legal tactics for your case. Reliable guidance is crucial when your ability to earn a living is in jeopardy, which can affect you and your family's overall well-being.

What Does Discrimination Entail?

According to Oklahoma law, employer discrimination can involve a few scenarios. An employer may act in retaliation against a worker who made allegations of discriminatory activities in the past. This is deemed unlawful because actions such as testifying at a hearing or filing a complaint are fully permissible under the law. Discrimination can affect a worker's ability to receive benefits or promotions, and may prevent applicants from receiving a fair assessment when applying for an open position.

Harassment can also factor into discrimination claims. For example, if you are discriminated against because you rejected a manager or supervisor's romantic or sexual actions, or requests, you have the right to file a discrimination complaint against your employer.

Who Is Protected?

The following categories are among those covered under the federal and state discrimination statutes:

  • Sex
  • Religion
  • Race/color
  • Nation of origin
  • Genetic information
  • Disability

When filing a complaint, it is important that you act swiftly to ensure you meet statutory deadlines. In Oklahoma, claims of employment discrimination must be made to the Office of Civil Rights Enforcement.

Help Is Available

Our legal professionals at Ward & Glass, L.L.P., can put to use their expansive knowledge of employment law to help you with your claim. To learn about your rights, call 405-253-4031, or use our online contact form to schedule a consultation.