Types of Discriminations That Can Lead to a Lawsuit
Discrimination happens frequently in the workplace and during the hiring process in the construction industry. Whether the discrimination is done intentionally or unintentionally, it is against the law. If a current employee on your job site or a job applicant seeking employment with your company feels they have been treated unfairly due to their race, sex, or religion, they can file a complaint through either the federal and state level or both. Federal discrimination laws are enforced by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Florida Commission on Human Relations (FCHR) enforces discrimination laws at the state level.
The Sarasota construction attorneys of Trent Cotney P.A. want you to be aware of the discrimination complaints that can escalate into a lawsuit brought against your company.
Types of Discrimination
Employees have rights under federal and Florida laws. According to employment laws the following discriminations are prohibited:
- Genetic and medical
- Harassment (including sexual)
- National origin discrimination
- Marital status
- Race and color
Discrimination During the Hiring Process
It is illegal to discriminate during the application and hiring process. Discrimination can happen in several ways including applicant discrimination, background checks, and during the pre-screening and interviewing process. Liabilities can be avoided if:
- Employers make job applications available to all regardless of race, gender, or age
- Asking only legal questions during the interviewing process
- Conducted unbiased background checks and refraining from inquiring into medical history
Most laws are complex so it is best to understand laws at the federal and local level to be sure you are in compliance. If there is any concern regarding discrimination on your job site, we highly recommend you contact a Sarasota construction lawyer for legal counsel.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.