Both the state of Arizona and the federal government have laws in place to protect you from employment discrimination. If you have been treated unfairly in the workplace, the attorneys at Shultz & Rollins can fight for your rights and help you get the justice you deserve.
Employment discrimination involves being treated less favorably at work. As an example, if your employer fires you, fails to promote you, or pays you less than another equally-qualified colleague because of your gender or race, it is considered discrimination. Legally, you are protected from being discriminated against on the basis of:
Employment discrimination can take many forms. Some of the most common examples we see at Shultz & Rollins include:
because of your race, religion, sex, origin, disability, age or genetic information.
to accommodate your religious beliefs or disability.
regarding your genetic or medical information.
of your genetic or medical information.
because you complained about employee discrimination or participated in a discrimination investigation or lawsuit.
If you need to file an employment discrimination claim, you may do so with the state of Arizona or the federal government. If you file with Arizona, you will do so through the state attorney general’s Civil Rights Division (CRD). If you file with the federal government, you will do so through the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
Both of these agencies have a work-sharing agreement, which means they cooperate with one another. If you choose to file with the state, you must do so within 180 days of the discrimination. For your federal claim, you have 300 days.
The details of your case will determine which department you file with. For example, Arizona’s anti-discrimination statute covers smaller business employers (15 employees or less) that are not covered by federal law for sexual harassment claims. The attorneys at Shultz & Rollins will carefully review your case and help you determine which agency is in your best interest.
If you have been a victim of employment discrimination, you may want to file a lawsuit to recover damages and obtain justice. As a general rule, you will need to wait until the EEOC approves your claim and sends a right to sue notice. At that point, you will have 90 days to file your lawsuit.
Proving discrimination is notoriously difficult. Fortunately, the employment attorneys at Shultz & Rollins have over 90 years of combined experience successfully handling these cases. We know how to use the pertinent evidence – including statements, emails, memos, text messages, voicemail messages, notes, etc. – to demonstrate discrimination. Depending on the circumstances, you may be entitled to recover:
Back pay refers to earnings you’ve lost due to the discrimination. If the jury decides in your favor, you may be awarded pay from the date of your termination to the date of the jury’s decision.
Front pay is designed to compensate you for earnings you will lose in the future due to the discrimination.
If the discrimination resulted in losing your health insurance, pension, 401K plan, stock options and other benefits, you may be compensated for those losses as well.
Emotional distress damages are designed to compensate you for mental or emotional injuries you’ve suffered due to the discrimination.
Punitive damages are intended to punish your employer for particularly egregious acts.