Don’t let Discrimination Hold You Back
Citizens of Pennsylvania are protected against discrimination by many federal and state laws, including The Fair Housing Act, The Family Leave and Medical Act (FMLA), The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), The Civil Rights Act, The Pennsylvania Human Relations Act, The Pennsylvania Fair Educational Opportunities Act, and even The United States Constitution. In Pennsylvania, you are protected from discrimination in housing, education, and in the workplace based on gender, age, race, color, national origin, disability, pregnancy, caregiving responsibilities, sexual orientation, and political affiliation. While many infractions fall below the legal definition of discrimination, the law explicitly prohibits a variety of discriminatory actions including refusal to show, lease, or sell homes or apartments, failure to provide ADA-compliant access workplaces and some types of housing, failure to hire, failure to promote, failure to protect from ongoing and known harassment by co-workers or supervisors, and termination.
An attorney from Going and Plank will help you evaluate your case and recommend a path forward. Contact us today to find out if your issues should be addressed with legal actions.
Have You Been Discriminated Against When Looking for Housing?
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. 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)
- You believe some that owners, realtors, or landlords have made housing unavailable or dishonestly denied that housing is available
- You believe that you are being 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
Have You Been Discriminated Against at Work?
The Civil Rights Act of 1964 mandated equal access for people of all races, colors, religions, genders and national origin to all public places and employment, and enforced the desegregation of schools and the right to vote. In Pennsylvania, it is also illegal to discriminate based on disability, pregnancy, caregiving responsibilities, sexual orientation, and political affiliation. You’re also protected from discrimination in the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) and The Fair Housing Act. Additionally, the Family Leave and Medical Act (FMLA) provides rights for people who need to care for family members.
People cannot be denied housing, raises, promotions, or time off based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, familial status, or sexual orientation. Additionally, people 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.
Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) Discrimination
Family responsibility discrimination occurs when employers form biases about how employees with caregiving responsibilities will or should act. If you believe that you are being treated differently because you took FMLA, or if you believe you are being denied raises or promotions because of FMLA-related issues, contact Going and Plank. We help employees in Lancaster County and Central PA work through FMLA discrimination by providing legal counsel, letters, thorough documentation, and injunctions when needed. Contact us today to learn more about your legal options.
Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) Discrimination
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) mandates that employers and landlords may not discriminate against an individual with a qualifying disability. Employers must provide the employee with a reasonable workplace accommodation that would allow the employee to perform his or her job. New and recently remodeled apartments and commercial buildings must be fully ADA-compliant. If you encounter issues that you believe 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 a 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 unlawful 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.
Going and Plank has decades of experience helping employees protect their rights in Lancaster and throughout Central Pennsylvania. Contact us today.