Employee Issue:

Who is Protected

There are several federal laws prohibiting job discrimination that allow protection for workers. Each law applies to certain employers and protects a certain group of workers from a form of job discrimination. If you have experienced discrimination at your job, a workplace discrimination attorney can explain the protections of anti-discrimination laws and determine your eligibility for a lawsuit. If you would like to speak with a workplace discrimination attorney today, fill out our free case review form.

The following explains who is protected under each anti-discrimination law:

  • The Equal Pay Act(EPA) protects men and women who perform considerably equal work in the same workplace from sex-based wage discrimination. The EPA applies to nearly all employers.

  • The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA) protects individuals who are 40 years of age or older. The ADEA applies to all private companies employing 20 or more workers, labor organizations, employment agencies and state and local governments.

  • Qualified individuals with disabilities are protected from job discrimination in the private sector and state and local governments under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

  • Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 applies to all private employers, local and state governments and educational facilities that retain at least 15 workers. It also applies to public and private employment agencies and labor organizations. Title VII protects job applicants and employees from discrimination based on sex, color, race, religion and national origin.

  • The Pregnancy Discrimination Act applies to employers with 15 or more workers, including state and local governments. It also applies to the federal government, labor organizations and employment agencies. The Pregnancy Discrimination Act protects potential and current employees from job discrimination based on pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions.

If your employment rights have been violated, a workplace discrimination attorney may be able to pursue justice on your behalf. To find out if you are eligible for a job discrimination lawsuit, fill out our free case review form on the right.