Employment Discrimination

The United States aspires to be a nation that rewards those who work hard at their jobs with economic success. Being employed is also often fundamental to identity and self-worth, defining one’s contributions to family, community and personal well-being.

One of the evils in the workplace that eliminates these dual benefits of employment is discrimination. When companies engage in unlawful discrimination against their employees, they devastate the lives of individuals and undermine societal efforts to establish a fair economy. Employees who were underpaid, denied promotion, or wrongfully terminated due to discrimination often struggle to care for their families and are less likely to believe that their work will be adequately compensated.

Our Practice

The attorneys at Handley Farah & Anderson have successfully represented thousands of victims of employment discrimination. Our attorneys have represented employees who have been discriminated against because of their race, gender, disability, ethnicity, religion, age, sexual orientation or other protected characteristic. Our attorneys have secured jury verdicts and settlements totaling millions of dollars to compensate victims for their financial losses as well as their pain and suffering resulting from discriminatory acts. Our lawsuits have also spurred the establishment of policies and practices to prevent discriminatory acts from continuing.

Handley Farah & Anderson has particular expertise in challenging employment practices that disproportionately impact communities of color, such as unnecessarily onerous criminal record screenings. Our lawyers also have unique expertise in challenging lop-sided parental leave policies that fail to provide fathers with equitable time to bond with their new children. Such policies have the perverse effect of incentivizing employers to hire men over women, knowing that men will be entitled to less leave.

Types of Employment Discrimination

Although employment discrimination comes in many forms, the most common are:

  • Failure to Hire: A company refuses to hire applicants because of their race, gender, disability, ethnicity, religion, age, sexual orientation or other protected characteristic.
  • Failure to Promote: A company passes employees for promotion due to their race, gender, disability, ethnicity, religion, age, sexual orientation or other protected characteristic.
  • Unequal Pay: A company pays certain employees less than colleagues in comparable positions because of their race, gender, disability, ethnicity, religion, age, sexual orientation or other protected characteristic.
  • Wrongful Termination: A company fires an employee due to her race, gender, disability, ethnicity, religion, age, sexual orientation or other protected characteristic.

We are lawyers who seek to improve the world. We fight for: workers deprived of wages, consumers deceived about products, tenants denied access to housing, farmers mistreated by processors, parents deprived of adequate parental leave, investors who were defrauded, small businesses harmed by antitrust violations, persons with disabilities denied access, whistleblowers who uncover fraud, and women and communities of color subject to discrimination.

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