Washington County Employment Discrimination Attorney
Discrimination Under Arkansas Law
Both Arkansas and the federal government have passed laws that prohibiting discrimination on the basis of specific protected characteristics. Government and private employers in Washington County can be held liable under state and federal law depending on what kind of trait the discriminatory treatment was based upon.
How Does Employment Discrimination Occur?
Employment discrimination can occur if the employer treats an employee unfairly based on their membership in a category that is legally protected. Race, gender, religion, familial status and national origin are examples of some traits that employers can not use when evaluating you. In order for a claim of employment discrimination to be successful, a Washington County, Arkansas plaintiff must show that his (or her) employer actively intended to treat him differently because of his protected status.
How can Employment Discrimination be Proven in Arkansas?
This is shown upon finding a prior history of similar treatment of members of the same class, or upon testimony regarding the employer's statements that a reasonable person would understand to be biased. Furthermore, employers are in clear violation of the law when they fire someone or retaliate against them because they filed a discrimination lawsuit.
Employment discrimination claims have complicated filing procedures, because they involve pursuing the claim with particular agencies. Washington County, Arkansas has many lawyers available to help you in filing in a timely fashion, and they can also help you pursue any remedies that might be available to you while your case is being processed.