Discrimination in the workplace is never acceptable. Both federal and Washington state law makes it illegal to fire, demote or harass an employee because of that employee’s membership in a protected class. It is illegal for an employer to terminate or demote an employee because of any of the following:
- National origin
- Sex (including pregnancy)
- Marital status
- Opposition to a discriminatory practice
- Use of a trained guide dog or service animal
- HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C status
- Sexual orientation
- Veteran status
In addition to protections against termination or demotion, it is also illegal to subject an employee to a hostile work environment because of their membership in any of the above protected classes.
Sometimes an employer may hide their true motive when discriminating against someone for membership in the above protected classes. Your employer may say you were terminated for misconduct or downsizing, but the real reason was because of your membership in a protected class. You may still have a claim for wrongful termination despite what you were told by your employer.
Our experienced and compassionate attorneys can quickly determine whether you have a viable claim against your employer for discrimination. Keep in mind that timelines can be short for these claims. Before you take any action, call Cooney Law Offices today for a free consultation.
Qualified Representation From Experienced Lawyers
Contact the Cooney Law Offices if you are experiencing discrimination. If we believe your employer has violated your legal rights we will negotiate compensation or sue your employer and represent you in court, if necessary. Contact us online or call us at 509-598-2677 and schedule an initial consultation in our Spokane office.