Henry F. (Hank) Sherrod III, P.C.

Alabama Civil Rights Trial Lawyer

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Employment Discrimination and Harassment

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Are You a Victim of Employment Discrimination or Harassment?

Employees are protected by a complex network of laws that dictate how employers should treat current employees, former employees, and job applicants. I have dedicated my practice to protecting people against illegal employment practices.

While it may seem as if employees are powerless against the companies they work for, there are numerous ways that people can assert their rights. I have helped many clients protect their employee rights by fighting back in court.

If you have been a victim of employment discrimination or harassment, use my online form or call me at 888-764-4141 for a free initial consultation.

Employment Discrimination

What is discrimination in the workplace? If you are a member of a "protected class," such as a racial or ethnic group, women, persons over 40, or the disabled, it is illegal for an employer to make employment decisions based on the characteristics of that class or because an employee has complained about discrimination or engaged in other legally-protected activity. I represent employees who have experienced employment discrimination based on:

  • Age
  • Race, color, or national origin
  • Religion
  • Gender or sex
  • Sexual orientation
  • Pregnancy
  • Leave protected by the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
  • Disability (disabling medical conditions or those an employer believes are disabling)
  • Filing a worker's compensation claim
  • Complaining about discrimination (retaliation)
  • Whistleblowing (reporting certain acts of corporate or government wrongdoing)

Proving employment discrimination is frequently difficult since employers more often than not cover up their discriminatory intent with false allegations. I work hard for my clients to help them expose the lies and prove their employer's true motivation was illegal discrimination.

Harassment in the Workplace

Like discrimination, generally harassment by a supervisor or co-worker must be motivated by a protected characteristic like race or gender for it to be actionable in court. To be actionable, harassment must also be severe or pervasive. Sexual harassment is all too common in the workplace. I help clients stop the harassment and seek compensation for the emotional distress they have suffered.

For a free initial consultation about your situation, use my online form or call 888-764-4141.

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Topic of the Week

Sexual Harassment: Legal Standards

We hear a lot in the news about pervasive sexual harassment in the workplace and people are starting to call it out more and more in the media. But we don't hear much about what to do when you are being sexually harassed, or how the law protects you. Read

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Blog of the Week

One year after the Weinstein story broke, sexual harassment claims are up 12% nationwide

On Friday, the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission reported that sexual harassment claims were up 12 percent this year, compared with the 2017 fiscal year.

Thought for the Week

"Kavanaugh tends to interpret narrowly the limits that work law places on employers, resulting in judicial and agency deference to employers’ decisions."

–Professor Charlotte Garden, Seattle University School of Law

List of the Week

from Workplace Fairness

 Top Hiring and Classification Searches this week: 

  • Non-compete agreements
  • Independant contractors
  • Arbitration agreements
  • Undocumented workers
  • Non-disclosure agreements

 

Top Five News Headlines

  1. How Companies Can Build Better Sexual Harassment Policies
  2. New York Sexual Harassment Law Deadline Has Employers in a Hurry
  3. Starbucks now offering backup daycare benefit to US workers
  4. AFL-CIO's Trumka Is Optimistic About the Midterms
  5. Study: Lingering illnesses can trouble women for years after assault, workplace harassment

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