Worker’s in Maryland have rights granted to them by federal and state agencies. A worker’s rights are critical, and they deserve to work in a non-hostile work environment. A toxic workplace is bad for both the employee and employer and every business should take every step necessary to respects a worker’s rights and prevent them from being the target of discrimination and harassment.
What Are Worker’ Rights in Maryland?
As a worker in Maryland, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and state law protects you against the following:
Even though the above behaviors are forbidden in the workplace, thousands of Americans are targeted each year. If you are one of the many workers dealing with a hostile and abusive workplace, you may be eligible for compensation for your emotional distress and lost wages.
What Qualifies as Discrimination and Harassment?
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission received 2,291 discrimination and harassment complaints in 2016. We’ll take a closer look the three most common types of workplace violations below.
Discrimination- Discrimination is the practice of denying an employee a raise, firing them or subjecting them to harassment because of their age, gender, race, religion, national origin, and physical limitations. Discrimination can include denying a person a promotion or firing them based on their status as a protected class.
Sexual harassment-Roughly half of women in the U.S. have been subjected to sexual harassment. Such harassment includes making inappropriate and unsolicited sexual comments, unwanted touches and solicitations for sex.
Retaliation- Retaliation is very common and is the act of punishing an employee for reporting discrimination or sexual harassment. Retaliation can include refusing to give an employee a day off, demoting them or terminating their employment.
An employee can face some abuses during their job. Fortunately, they have rights and can seek compensation for their lost wages and mental anguish. USAttorneys.com can help you find an employment law attorney near you in Maryland if your rights have been violated. They will begin working on your case immediately and take what steps are necessary to ensure your employer is held accountable for not shielding you against abuse.
All employers in Maryland have the duty to protect their employees from discrimination, retaliation and sexual harassment. Additionally, they are obligated to respond when their employee makes a discrimination or harassment complaint. When an employer fails to protect an employee or fails to act suitably when they receive a complaint, they can be subjected to a discrimination or harassment lawsuit. Our team of employment law attorneys in Maryland will meet with you, and discuss your options if you were subjected to a hostile workplace. To see a lawyer in your area, just click on your county listed above. Call today and set up the consultation today and learn what steps need to come next.