Austin Discrimination Attorneys
Committed to Protecting the Rights of Employees
In our Constitution, there are several crucial principles that we as Americans are proud to say distinguish us from many other countries. As a democracy, we hold to self-evident truths that no matter a person’s skin color, religion, gender, age, or ability, that person is entitled to certain unalienable rights to work, vote, worship, marry, and live peaceably in our country.
Unfortunately, some individuals remain belligerently biased on account of their own ignorance or malice, and these people even go so far as to take out their prejudice on their employees. If you have been a victim of discrimination, it can be difficult to speak out because you fear the risks involved. This is why you should turn to our Austin discrimination lawyers, who can help you fight for equity in the workplace. Our team at Kennard Law, P.C. is committed to protecting the rights of every employee suffering from discrimination.
What is Workplace Discrimination?
When you have been discriminated against in the workplace, it means that your employer has treated you differently than your colleagues and coworkers, and that treatment is almost always harmful, embarrassing, and hurtful. Both federal laws and the state laws of Texas forbid such cruel bias, whether these stereotypes and prejudices involve discrimination against someone’s skin color, gender, nationality, language, pregnancy status, disability, religion, or any other distinctive category.
Discrimination could appear in the form of overt physical and verbal abuse and harassment, but often it also appears in more subtle manners. Being demoted from a previous position, deprived of benefits, denied of a request for leave or vacation, refused a promotion, or even excluded from key emails, meetings, and events can all be forms of subtle discrimination. Getting in touch with our knowledgeable lawyers is one of the most effective ways of finding out how to fight back against even the most hidden forms of discrimination.
What Should I Do If I’m Discriminated Against at Work?
Employees have the right to be treated with respect and to work in a safe environment. If your employer discriminates against you, you should consult with an experienced and knowledgeable employment law attorney to discuss your options under the law.
You should keep a record of all correspondences, performance reviews, and any relevant documentation that can show examples of discrimination you have encountered at work. Make sure you keep track of specific dates, locations, the parties involved, and other notable details regarding each discriminatory incident.
Taking these precautions and documenting acts of discrimination that occur at work will strengthen your case if you decide to take legal action against your employer. You should also review the employer’s discrimination policy to identify specific policies and procedures for reporting discrimination.
Can I File a Discrimination Claim if I Was Fired from My Job?
Texas is an employment-at-will state, which means employers have the right to terminate any employee at any time for any reason. However, it is illegal for employers to fire their employees for discriminatory reasons based on factors like race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or disability.
Employers cannot legally fire an employee if it is a breach of contract. Employees are also protected by whistleblower laws if they report illegal or unethical activity they witness or experience in the workplace. Whistleblower claims are complex and require an in-depth investigation to uncover the facts. Speak to an attorney today if your employer has discriminated against you.
Using the Law to Defeat Discrimination
No matter their status or how large their company is, employers simply cannot get away with treating others unfairly. Every employer who commits unlawful termination, defamation, retaliation, harassment, or violates your rights on account of discrimination is liable to be charged.
Our knowledgeable attorneys can defend your rights with both federal and state laws, using:
- The Civil Rights Act of 1964 for discrimination against your national origin, ethnicity, language, race, religion, sex, or gender
- The Age Discrimination Act for prejudicial distinctions made against your age
- The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the Pregnancy Discrimination Act for any bias against giving birth or taking maternity leave, or using leave to care for a spouse or older child
- The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for any discrimination of having a disability
Contact us now at (855) 499-4514 so that our zealous employment law attorneys can set your mind at ease as we fight for you.
Here at Kennard Law, P.C., we are keenly aware of the challenges you face in raising a claim against your employer. It is highly understandable that many victims of discrimination do not come forward because they fear retaliation or even being wrongfully terminated for speaking out. However, with our Austin discrimination attorneys fighting for you, there is no need to fear your employer trying to vindicate themselves on you, since this will only further your ability to receive aid from the courts. With our powerful and aggressive support, we can give you the recompense and justice you deserve.
Board-Certified in Labor and Employment Law
Our founding attorney, Alfonso Kennard Jr. is board-certified in labor and employment law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
When you hire us, you work directly with your lawyer, who will spend time learning about your situation and goals. Your case will not be passed off to a paralegal.
We Used to Represent Large Companies; Now We Represent You
Having represented Fortune 500 companies in the past, this places us in a unique position to provide valuable insight when representing workers.
Dedicated to Protecting the Rights of Employees
We understand you have probably never faced a matter like this before. Our attorneys are dedicated to guiding and protecting you through this. You will always remain involved and informed as your case moves forward.
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