Kansas City Employment Discrimination Lawyer
Numerous federal and state laws protect employees from being discriminated against. One of the hardest situations employees face are circumstances of discrimination and prejudice at the work-place. Your place of employment is where you spend a majority of your waking hours. You dedicate your time, service, and energy to a place that should be free of discrimination and prejudice. You should be able to feel comfortable and safe at work. Unfortunately, unfair and illegal treatment happens at work. When this occurs, employees are often left feeling that they do not have a voice or are ashamed to raise any concerns because they would rather not bring more attention to the delicate issue of being different.
The Kansas City employment discrimination lawyers at the Krause & Kinsman Law Firm understand the anxiety employees may have with raising their concerns. Our firm strives to protect our client’s interests in a way that makes them feel the most comfortable. We combat employers, supervisors, and co-workers when they do not treat our clients with the same respect and dignity as others because of a characteristic that makes them different.
What is Employment Discrimination?
Employment discrimination essentially means you are singled out for being different. To be illegal, the discrimination must be based on one or more protected characteristics, including:
- Age (differs)
- Citizenship Status
- Genetic Information
- National Origin
- Off-duty Use of Tobacco
Do You Have to Be Fired to File a Claim?
You do not have to be fired to have an employment discrimination claim. Usually, employees are fearful when it comes to deciding whether or not to leave their job because they have been at the mercy of discriminatory practices. Our jobs are our livelihoods. We use our jobs as a means to survive and enjoy life. Discriminatory practices can occur in many aspects of the job, including:
- Classification of Employees
- Fringe Benefits
- Hiring and Firing
- Pay, Retirement Plans, and Disability Leave
- Use of Company Facilities
- And other types of practices.
Workplace Discrimination in the United States
The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) reports that in 2017 there were 84,254 workplace discrimination charges filed in their agent in the fiscal year of 2017. Those charges resulted in $398 Million in damages being recovered for the victims. The average cost of defense and settlement paid out per victim was $160,000.
Workplace Discrimination Statistics
workplace discrimination charges filed with the EEOC in FY2017
in recovered damages for victims nationwide