Altoona Employment Discrimination Attorney

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Particular characteristics are protected against discrimination under both and federal laws in Altoona and other communities of Pennsylvania. Depending on what type of trait prompted the discriminatory treatment, government employers and even private organizations in Altoona may be held liable under various state and federal laws.

How Does Employment Discrimination Occur?

Employment discrimination occurs when an employer treats you wrongly because of your membership in a legally protected class. Employers are prohibited from using particular traits to evaluate you such as national origin, religion, race, age, familial status, or gender. In order for a claim of employment discrimination to be successful, a Altoona, Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania?

This can be proved when there is a history of the employer treating members of the class similarly, or if witnesses testify about the employer's statements which would constitute bias as understood by a reasonable person. Additionally, employers may be held liable for firing someone or retaliating against them because they brought a discrimination lawsuit.

Procedures for filing an employment discrimination claim are complicated, because they involve filing the claim with the corresponding agency. An Altoona, Pennsylvania attorney can help you file on time, as well as pursue any further remedies that may be available to you while your case is pending.

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Life in Altoona

Altoona is located in Blair County, Pennsylvania. Per the 2010 census it has a population of 46,320 people.

Some popular attractions include the Altoona Symphony Orchestra, Horeshoe Curve, the Railroaders Memorial Museum, the Juniata Shops of the Altoona Works, Mishler Theatre, Jaffa Shrine Center and the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament.

Earlier, Altoona's economy was primarily dependent on the railroad industry. This changed with time as the city began to urbanize. Now, the city depends more on local businesses. In fact a top employer is Sheetz. Sheetz is a large convenience store and gas station chain that is present in many states such as Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Virginia. There are many Sheetz locations (approximately twenty) in Altoona. Therefore it is one of the city's top employers. To support Sheetz and other businesses, the legal force in Altoona is strong. It has many competent attorneys who practice law in various fields. Thus, they are able to help local businesses and residents with their legal needs.

Some famous residents of Altoona include Janet Blair, Brad Benson, Michael Behe, Rob Boston, Sam Cohn, Ripper Collins, Henry Kloss, Star Jones, Tommy Irwin, and Mike Luzzolino.

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