The state of Washington is an “at will” employment state. This means Washington laws provide employers with considerable latitude to make decisions on employment actions. Employers may take actions that seem unfair, based on poor business practices, or even irrational decisions. However, they cannot violate laws written to prevent discrimination such as the Americans with Disabilities Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. If you feel you have been discriminated against, the employment law attorneys at the Law Offices of Scott A. Miller, APC can help you.
Vancouver Employment Law Attorney: Upholding the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
The Americans with Disabilities Act became law in 1990. The ADA makes it a violation of federal law to discriminate against individuals with disabilities. The law pertains to employment, state and local government, transportation, telecommunications, and public accommodations, and it protects those individuals who have a mobility, hearing, or visual impairment in addition to people with cognitive disabilities.
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, or religion. In addition, Title VII provides for broad prohibitions against sex discrimination including:
- Sexual harassment, which can be quid pro quo-making employment contingent on sexual favors, or working conditions that create a hostile environment for individuals of either gender. This includes same sex harassment. The hostile environment standards apply to harassment on the basis of color, race, religion, national origin, age and disability.
- Sex discrimination, which is the different opportunities, treatment or employment conditions based on the employee’s sex.
- Pregnancy discrimination means that pregnancies and childbirths must be treated in the same manner as other temporary medical conditions.
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Discrimination can occur before employment begins, such as discriminatory hiring practices, during the employment, or after the employment, such as discriminatory termination. Federal and state laws also protect whistle blowers who make reports of illegal activities from retaliation.
The Law Offices of Scott A. Miller can assist and advise you regarding your unique circumstances. There are numerous federal and state laws that prohibit harassment and discrimination of employees on the basis of race, national origin, gender, religion, disability, age, and disability.
Contact the Vancouver employment attorneys at the Law Offices of Scott A. Miller, APC today to schedule a free consultation to review your case. We have the experience and skills to help you recover any damages that may be owed to you. Let us help protect your rights to a discrimination free workplace.