Discrimination in Delaware
Federal and Delaware laws make it illegal for employers to discriminate against protected classes, groups of people identified by a defining characteristic such as skin color, gender or religion, in the hiring, promotion, retention and termination process. If you think you've been the victim of job-related discrimination, speak to an employment lawyer or discrimination attorney immediately. You can be eligible to file a legal claim, but there is a limited time frame in which to do so.
Three Things to Know Before Hiring a Discrimination Lawyer
Do you think you're the victim of employment discrimination? If so, you should hire a discrimination lawyer as soon as possible. But before you do, here are three important things to know:
- Federal discrimination law make it illegal for employers to discriminate against employees based on age, disability, gender, genetic information, race and skin color, national origin or pregnancy. Additionally, Delaware laws make it illegal to discriminate against a worker based on sexual orientation or marital status.
- In most circumstances, you cannot immediately sue a company for discrimination. Instead, you'll have to file a legal claim with the appropriate government agency (often the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or the Delaware Department of Labor's Office of Discrimination). Depending on the nature of the claim and the facts of the situation, the agency may offer mediation to help resolve the issue, conduct interviews and review evidence, help negotiate a settlement, dismiss the charge or try to remedy the discrimination. In some instances, you may be provided with a "right to sue" letter which gives you permission to pursue legal action in civil court.
- Depending on the nature of the discrimination you have, at most, 300 days from the date of the alleged violation to file a claim. In many instances, discrimination claims must be filed within 120 days of the violation. Because of the short time frame, you could contact employment discrimination attorneys as soon as possible if you think you're the victim of discrimination on the job.
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