Every worker deserves a safe and comfortable workspace that is free from discrimination and harassment. As an employer or business owner, it falls upon you to provide such a workplace for your employees. Otherwise, you might be found in violation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and several other federal laws.
If your company needs help ensuring you are compliant with federal antidiscrimination and antiharassment laws, DiPietro Law Group, PLLC in Fairfax can help. Our attorneys focus on providing business law representation to companies of all sizes, from small operations to large corporations. You can even count on us to defend your business if a member of your team is being accused of discrimination or harassment in your workplace.
Get more information about our legal services by calling our firm at (888) 530-4374 today.
What is Employment Discrimination in Virginia Law?
All 50 states must recognize a number of “protected classes” in the workplace based on federal laws. Additionally, Virginia has adopted several other protected classes that apply specifically to employment law cases within its borders.
The protected classes recognized by Virginia are:
- Age, if 40 or older
- Genetic information
- Marital status
- Mental or physical disability
- National origin
If someone is treated differently and negatively due to belonging to a protected class, then it may constitute employment discrimination.
Examples of behaviors or actions that could be construed as discriminatory are:
- Firing, terminating, or laying off
- Negative performance review
- Pay or hour cut
- Refusal to hire
Does My Company Have to Follow Antidiscrimination Laws?
In Virginia, you must follow federal and statewide antidiscrimination laws regarding protected classes if your company has at least 15 employees. The age discrimination rule applies if you have at least 20 employees, and the citizenship rule applies if you have at least 4. To be safe, though, our attorneys advise you always do all you can to avoid any sort of behavior that could be seen as discriminatory, regardless of how many employees you have on staff. As your legal counselors, we can review company contracts and regulations to ensure you are not risking a discriminatory violation or accusation.
Preventing Sexual Harassment in Your Company
A hot button issue in recent years is sexual harassment in the workplace. Any sort of sexually derived behavior towards one employee from another – regardless of sex or gender – can be misconstrued as sexual harassment in the right light. Make certain your company is protected from such corrosive accusations by letting our Fairfax sexual harassment attorneys work with your company’s leadership and Human Resources Department. With our legal counsel, you can form best business practices to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace.
Legal Representation When Faced with Serious Accusations
How you react to an accusation or threat of a lawsuit regarding employment discrimination or sexual harassment in your company is crucial. Doing or saying the wrong thing can make the situation much worse, or possibly make your position indefensible.
If you are sued for not preventing discrimination or harassment in your workplace, it could mean:
- Paying restitution to the plaintiff or accuser
- Paying fines to the state for egregious violations
- Losing clients, sales, etc. due to public outcry
- Closing your business for good
With so much on the line, you can’t take any chances with defending your business and your name. Leave it up to our Fairfax discrimination and harassment attorneys from DiPietro Law Group, PLLC to act on your behalf and do what is in the best interest of your business.
Please contact our law firm without delay if your company is facing a potential discrimination lawsuit. Or, let us know if you need help minimizing the chances of such a lawsuit occurring in the future.