Employment discrimination occurs when an employer hires, fires, or in any way treats differently a similarly situated person based on any number of “protected classes.” These protected classes include an individual’s race/color, national origin, religion, gender, disability, age (for those over 40), and in Philadelphia, sexual orientation. Additionally, some agencies now recognize employment decisions based on a worker’s or job applicant’s criminal history may be a violation of Pennsylvania and Philadelphia law. Discrimination is often intentional, but even unintentional discriminatory actions or polices may be prohibited.
What we can do:
CLS may be able to help you determine whether an employer has unlawfully discriminated against you. CLS may also assist by giving advice, filing charges, and referring you to a private attorney. It is imperative that discrimination claims be promptly filed with the appropriate federal, state, or local agencies so that you do not lose your right to go to court.
Generally, a person has 180 calendar days from the time the discrimination takes place to file a charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. This deadline is extended to 300 calendar days in cases where a “state or local agency enforces a law that prohibits employment discrimination on the same basis.”