Don’t let Discrimination Hold You Back
Many laws protect the citizens of Pennsylvania against discrimination including;
- The Fair Housing Act
- FLMA, The Family Leave and Medical Act
- ADA, The Americans With Disabilities Act
- Civil Rights Act
- Pennsylvania Human Relations Act
- Pennsylvania Fair Educational Opportunities Act
- United States Constitution
In Pennsylvania, laws protect you from many types of discrimination in the following areas;
- In the workplace
- Discrimination based on gender, age, race, color, national origin
- Disability discrimination
- FLMA discrimination, based on pregnancy or caregiving responsibilities
- Sexual orientation
- Political affiliation
While many infractions fall below the legal definition of discrimination, the law explicitly prohibits a variety of discriminatory actions. Common infractions include;
- Refusal to show, lease, or sell homes or apartments
- The workplace is not ADA-compliant
- Refusal to hire
- Failure to promote
- Did not protect from ongoing and known harassment by co-workers or supervisors
Discrimination exists in many forms, and it's not always easy to prove. However, an attorney from Going and Plank can help you evaluate your case. Moreover, if you have a case, we will recommend a path forward. Contact us today to find out if your issues warrant legal action.
Are You Facing Housing Discrimination?
It’s illegal to refuse housing to people based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status (such as the presence of children) or disability. Importantly, it's also illegal to refuse to show homes or finance housing based on discriminatory criteria.
Contact Going and Plank if you suspect any of the following:
- Owners or landlords of rental units refuse to make reasonable accommodations and allow reasonable modifications for disabilities
- New, recently-built, or recently-remodeled rental units do not provide accessibility requirements under the Fair Housing Act
- You’ve been refused a rental or sale of a dwelling based on discriminatory factors (other than credit history)
- Owners, realtors, or landlords have made housing unavailable or dishonestly denied that housing is available
- You have been offered different terms, conditions or privileges for the sale or rental of housing, based on factors other than credit history
- Owners, realtors, or landlords have threatened or intimidated you for reminding them of fair housing rights or for exercising your fair housing rights
Are You Facing Discrimination at Work?
The Civil Rights Act of 1964 mandated equal access for people of all races, colors, religions, genders and national origin. In addition, this Act applies to all public places and employment. The Act also supported the desegregation of schools and amplified the right to vote. As a consequence, in Pennsylvania, it is illegal to discriminate based on disability, pregnancy, caregiving responsibilities, sexual orientation, and political affiliation. Additionally, the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) and The Fair Housing Act protect you from discrimination. Additionally, the Family Leave and Medical Act (FMLA) provides strong legal rights for people who need to care for family members.
Because people cannot be denied housing, raises, promotions, or time off based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, familial status, or sexual orientation. you cannot be denied employment or terminated for any of these reasons. If you believe that discrimination is a negative factor in your housing or employment activities, contact Going and Plank to schedule a consultation now.
Are You Facing Discrimination Because of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)?
Family responsibility discrimination occurs when employers form biases about how employees with caregiving responsibilities will or should act. If you know someone who is being treated differently because they look FMLA, tell them to contact Going and Plank. Additionally, employers who withhold raises or promotions because of FMLA-related issues are also breaking the law.
Suspect you are a victim of discrimination? Contact us today to learn more about your legal options. We're experienced in helping employees in Lancaster County and Central PA. Our legal team can help with legal counsel, letters, thorough documentation, and injunctions when needed.
Are You Facing Discrimination Because of Disabilities?
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) mandates that employers and landlords may not discriminate against an individual with a qualifying disability. Moreover, employers must provide the employee with a reasonable workplace accommodation that would allow the employee to perform his or her job. Importantly, new and recently remodeled apartments and commercial buildings must comply with ADA-compliance regulations. If you encounter issues that are in conflict with ADA regulations, it’s time to contact the expert legal resources at Going and Plank.
Discrimination or Retaliation Following a Legal Claim
Taking legal action against your employer can be intimidating. Many people fear retaliation in the form of harassment or hostility. In housing, it’s unlawful to refuse to rent, lease, or sell to you because you protected your Fair Housing Rights. In the workplace, it’s illegal to refuse employment, demote, transfer to undesirable job duties, or terminate employees because they took actions to protect their employee rights. Going and Plank can help protect you against unfair treatment or retaliation. If you suspect you’re being penalized for a claim or legal action you made, contact us today.