Fighting Against Discrimination: Upholding Equal Opportunity with Michigan's Leading Employment Lawyer
As an American citizen, you are entitled to equal treatment, no matter your race, gender, age or ability. Yet many employers continue to discriminate, whether by refusing to hire certain groups of people, passing them up for promotion and raises, or subjecting them to harassment or other harmful behaviors. Pitt McGehee Palmer & Rivers fights back against all forms of unequal treatment. If your employer denies you an opportunity because of your sex, your race or some other parts of your identity, we won’t hesitate to uphold your rights.
Michigan Law Firm Experienced in Cases of Sex, Age, Disability and Race Discrimination in the Workplace
Employment litigation is seldom simple. The facts of the case are often complex and carry emotional overtones. The workplace can be politically sensitive. Motivation for employer discrimination is typically subtle and hidden, often based on subconscious stereotyping and misconceptions. Employers rarely admit to a discriminatory motivation.
Pitt McGehee Palmer & Rivers has assembled a team of attorneys with extensive experience advocating for equal treatment. This means we know all the negative ways that discrimination can affect you. Not only does discrimination make it harder for you to get a job, but it can limit your opportunities once you are hired. A discriminatory employer may be unwilling to promote you even when you are the most qualified person for a position, or may not pay you fairly given your skills. Your employer and coworkers may also subject you to threats, harassment, and other forms of mistreatment that threaten your mental health and your ability to do your job. Our team can determine the effect of all these actions, and will make sure you are fully compensated.
Illegal Discrimination Under the Civil Rights Act of 1964
Our firm helps employees fight discrimination made illegal by the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII) and other state and federal anti-discrimination laws. We focus on all areas of discrimination, including:
- Sex discrimination
- Age discrimination
- Race, national origin and religious discrimination
- Disability discrimination
- Height, weight and marital status
How is Employment Discrimination Determined in a Court of Law?
There are two main types of evidence that can be used to prove employment discrimination:
- Direct Evidence- These include written and verbal statements your employer makes that directly mention your race, age, gender, ability, or other identity. If an employer says they’re firing you because of your age, or sends you an email containing a racial slur, you have direct evidence of discrimination.
- Circumstantial Evidence- This includes statistical evidence showing that members of your identity group are underrepresented in leadership positions, statements from other members of your group who feel they are discriminated against, and evidence that your pay is lower than the market rate for people of your skill level.
Both direct and circumstantial evidence strengthen your case in a discrimination lawsuit. The more evidence you gather and the better you can document it, the better your chance of gaining redress.
Retaliation and Wrongful Termination
In addition to employment discrimination, we assist employees who have suffered adverse treatment because they filed a claim about workplace discrimination. If you have been retaliated against because you filed a complaint or charge, opposed discrimination or have been fired because you engaged in other whistleblowing activity, our attorneys can help you examine your options and determine the next steps.