Employment Discrimination


Seattle Employment Discrimination/Wrongful Termination Attorney Standing Up for Your Rights

What is employment discrimination?

Employment discrimination law protects employees throughout the United States from discrimination in hiring, firing, promoting, assigning of jobs, transferring of jobs, paying and offering benefits. Based on the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments to the Constitution, it is illegal for public and private employers to discriminate against employees based on their race or gender.

According to the Washington State Human Rights Commission, an employer or an employment agency cannot discriminate against a current employee or prospective employee based on:

  • Race
  • Creed
  • Color
  • National origin
  • Sex
  • Marital status
  • Age (40+)
  • Disability
  • Retaliation
  • Sexual orientation/gender identity
  • Honorably discharged veteran or military status
  • The use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability

Your rights are constitutionally protected and incorporated against Washington State under the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments. If you believe these rights have been violated, call The Schauer Law Offices, PLLC for your free consultation with an employment law attorney.

How do I file a charge of employment discrimination?

Based on the Washington State Law Against Discrimination (WSHRC), employers may not discriminate by:

  • Refusing to hire a person
  • Discharging or barring a person from a job
  • Preventing a person from getting equal compensation
  • Printing or using any discriminatory statement, advertisement, publication, job application form
  • Asking questions of prospective employees that are discriminatory in nature

If you believe you have been discriminated against, you can file a Charge of Discrimination with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Except for the Equal Pay Act, the EEOC enforces all employment discrimination laws and  requires individuals to file a Charge of Discrimination before filing a lawsuit against an employer. The failure to file your claim with the EEOC within the statutory filing period may cost you the right to have your case heard. Discrimination claims are sometimes difficult to prove and the burden of proof falls upon the plaintiff. The Schauer Law Offices, PLLC thoroughly understands civil rights and employment laws and handles state and federal claims.

By your side from start to finish

While you may be hesitant about initiating legal action, you can be confident The Schauer Law Offices, PLLC knows how to handle even the most complex cases from start to finish. Attorney Jason Schauer has comprehensive understanding of Washington and federal labor and employment laws — including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Equal Pay Act (EPA) and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) — and he uses his knowledge to build a strong case on your behalf.

Contact a labor and employment attorney in Seattle when your rights are violated

Contact The Schauer Law Offices, PLLC online or call 206-420-7112 to speak to a Washington labor and employment lawyer.