Discrimination & Retaliation


Discrimination and retaliation is common in the workplace. However, only certain forms of discrimination or retaliation are protected by the law.

Discrimination is treating a person differently than others based on any of the characteristics listed below. For example, promoting someone at work because they are a man rather than other performance-based reasons. This may be sex discrimination because it unfairly hurts women. Another common example is when older persons are fired because a company prefers to hire younger workers. This may be age discrimination or even disability discrimination, depending on the person.

Retaliation is similar. Oftentimes, workers will be punished for reporting discrimination or sexual harassment. Discrimination is being treated differently, whereas retaliation is punishment for reporting, complaining about, or working to stop the discrimination from happening.

Protections Against Discrimination

Unfortunately, many forms of “harassment” or “retaliation” may not be protected by law. It’s important to speak with one of our attorneys to know your rights.

Federal and state laws protect workers from discrimination based upon:

  • Pregnancy
  • Race
  • Religious Belief
  • National Origin
  • Sex / Gender
  • Gender Identity
  • Marital Status
  • Veteran / Military Status

If you believe you’ve experienced discrimination or retaliation, it’s important you reach out to an attorney to know your rights.

The attorneys at Carter Law are personable, professional, and knowledgeable. Take the first step and get in touch with us for a free consultation.