Under Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, employees of several protected classes are protected from discrimination based solely on their protected class. When an employer violates these protected classes, the employee may have legal grounds to file a discrimination claim against their employer. If you believe that you’ve been discriminated against in the workplace solely because of your race, color, religion, gender, or another protected class, you should strongly consider speaking with a knowledgeable Knoxville employment discrimination attorney as soon as you can. Anyone who has been wrongfully fired, demoted, or retaliated against can depend on us. Contact Morris & Doolan, PLLC today to learn more about how our legal team can assist you if you’ve been unfairly discriminated against in the workplace.
Types of Workplace Discrimination
Unfortunately, our clients are subjected to discrimination based on several protected classes. Some of the different types of discrimination based on protected classes that our firm sees are as follows:
- Color Discrimination: Color discrimination, along with race discrimination and national origin discrimination, are protected classes under Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission defines “color” as the complexion, shade/tone, or pigmentation of one’s skin. If you believe that your employer or a co-worker discriminated against you based on any of these protected factors, you should strongly consider speaking with an experienced Knoxville employment attorney who can fight for your right to fair and equal treatment.
- Race Discrimination: When someone discriminates against an employee on the basis of their race, they are violating Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. We would like to think we’ve reached a place in time where race discrimination no longer occurs in the workplace, unfortunately, this is not always the case. Our firm is here to help.
- National Origin Discrimination: If an employer discriminates against an employee because of their place of birth, an accent, or because they are married/to associated with someone of a certain national origin, among other scenarios, the employee should have a valid national origin discrimination claim.
- Sex Discrimination: Unfortunately, it is well known that in certain companies, discrimination on the basis of one’s gender is still rampant. This is unacceptable. If you were discriminated against because of your gender, we will ensure your voice is heard.
- Religious Discrimination: Religious discrimination in the workplace is considered a violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Religious discrimination often comes in the form of failing to provide an employee with certain reasonable accommodations, such as exceptions to dress/grooming rules, short breaks for praying, flexible scheduling for religious holidays, and more.
- Age Discrimination: The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1976 states that employees over the age of 40 who work to private employers with a minimum of 20 employees may not be discriminated against solely because of their age. If you believe you were denied a promotion, fired, or otherwise negatively impacted at your job solely because of your age, you may have a valid discrimination claim. Disabled employees are also protected under the Tennessee Disability Act, which applies to all employers in Tennessee, regardless of the number of employees.
- Disability Discrimination: Discriminating against a person because of a disability is unthinkable, though it is something that still happens far more than any of us would like to believe. Fortunately, employees with disabilities are protected from discrimination under the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990. If you believe you weren’t granted a reasonable accommodation or you were otherwise discriminated against in the workplace, you should have a valid claim, and our firm is prepared to help.
These are just some of the various discrimination claims our firm handles. The bottom line is that if you’ve been discriminated against, our legal team is ready to fight for you, every step of the way. You can count on us.
Filing a Discrimination Claim in Tennessee
To win any discrimination claim, you will have to prove the act(s) of discrimination truly occurred. You can do so by maintaining a journal, detailing each incident of discrimination, such as what happened, who committed the act of discrimination, and any other information regarding the incident(s). Once you’ve documented your case, you can then file your discrimination claim either with the state administrative agency, the Tennessee Human Rights Commission, or the federal administrative agency, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
If you file with one, you will not have to file with the other as long as you give them the permission to cross-file the claim. You should note, however, that you may only file your claim with the EEOC if your company had 15 or more employees. If your company had between 8-14 employees, however, you can file with the THRC.
The Time Limit for Discrimination Claims in Tennessee
Ensure that you take swift action after an incident of discrimination occurs. This is because you will only have 180 days from the date of the incident to file your claim with the Tennessee Human Rights Commission. Waiting any longer than 180 days will most likely permanently bar you from pursuing legal action. Our firm is prepared to assist you today.
Contact a Knoxville Employment Discrimination Attorney
Our firm understands how hurtful and angering it can be after encountering an instance of discrimination in the workplace. This is why you can count on an experienced Knoxville employment discrimination attorney right here at Morris & Doolan, PLLC to effectively fight for the justice you deserve, every step of the way. Contact us today to schedule your initial consultation.