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Employment Discrimination

We represent victims of all forms of employment discrimination based on age, disability, sex, national origin, pregnancy, race, and sexual orientation. We have handled hundreds of cases before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (PHRC), and in the federal courts.

What is Age Discrimination?

Federal and state laws forbid age discrimination against people who are age 40 or older. When workers feel they are being treated unfairly because of their age in any aspect of employment (including hiring, firing, pay, job assignments, promotions, layoff, training, or fringe benefits) employers may be sued for age discrimination.

Feinstein Doyle Payne & Kravec, LLC’s employment lawyers represent clients with age discrimination claims and in related wrongful termination lawsuits. Contact Ed Feinstein or Deborah Marcuse if you would like to speak to a knowledgeable employment law advocate.

Examples of Age Discrimination

FDPK’s lawyers aggressively pursue legal action on behalf of employees against their employers in cases where:

  • An employer hires younger employees instead of older, more experienced candidates for the same position, with no good reason.
  • An older employee is passed over for a promotion and a younger employee is hired to do the job.
  • An older employee is not permitted to receive job training and is then fired following job evaluations for a lack of flexibility in new assignments.
  • An employer fires or lays off older workers in favor of younger employees who are paid less for doing the same work.

The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) is designed to protect workers who are age 40 and above from becoming victims of discrimination in employment actions. Our lawyers are prepared to fight back when employers refuse to hire, treat someone differently from others or fire employees due to their age.

What is Disability Discrimination?

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), if a disabled employee or job applicant is otherwise qualified to do a job, the employer is required to make reasonable accommodations for a physical or mental impairment which greatly limits a major life activity (for example, breathing, walking, hearing, etc.) unless the accommodation would cause an “undue hardship for the employer.” Even when an employee’s disability has no effect on their ability to perform their job, he or she may often suffer discrimination in hiring, firing, disciplinary actions and in workplace accommodations.

Feinstein Doyle Payne & Kravec, LLC lawyers have represented employees with disabilities in discrimination claim cases throughout Pennsylvania.  Contact Ed Feinstein or Deborah Marcuse to discuss your discimination claim.

Examples of Disability Discrimination

Our employment discrimination lawyers advise and represent disabled employees in the workplace in cases involving:

  • Employers who refuse to hire a disabled person for a job where their impairment causes no limitations to job performance.
  • A disabled employee who is the victim of wrongful termination for requesting a reasonable accommodation.
  • An employer who fails to make reasonable accommodation for mobility issues with injured workers.
  • Employers who permit harassment of mentally disabled employees and punishes the disabled employee for complaints.
  • Employees with chronic conditions who are victims of unfair treatment because of their heart trouble, back or joint problems and repetitive stress disorders.

Whether your condition is physical or mental, permanent or chronic, federal and state laws require employers to provide a safe environment with reasonable accommodations for their disabled employees. When they fail to do so, we can help you to defend your right to fair treatment through aggressive negotiation and litigation.  Contact Ed Feinstein or Deborah Marcuse if you have questions about reasonable accommodations.

What is Sex Discrimination?

Women of all ethnic backgrounds continue to face discrimination because of their sex. Whether an employer hires a male worker over an equally qualified female candidate, pays men more than the women performing comparable duties, or fires a woman due to pregnancy, discrimination against an employee because of their sex is against the law.

We have successfully represented employees throughout Pennsylvania in sex discrimination and other employment law cases.

Examples of Sex Discrimination

FDPK’s legal team will discuss your legal options to pursue litigation for discrimination based on your sex, including cases such as:

  • An ambitious female employee is passed over for promotion while career-driven behavior by male workers is rewarded.
  • An employer replaces a woman on maternity leave with a man, and puts her in lower position upon her return.
  • An employer pays a woman less upon her return to the workplace after years spent raising children.
  • An employer offers only lower-paying jobs to women with advanced degrees or skills rather than lucrative positions.

The firm’s lawyers have a record of successfully pursuing sex discrimination lawsuits against employers who allow unfair treatment of female employees or treat women differently from males. Contact us if you believe your employer may be guilty of sex discrimination or harassment.

What is National Origin Discrimination?

National origin discrimination involves treating an employee (or job applicant) unfairly because of birthplace, ancestry, culture,  or accent.  National origin discrimination may also include treating someone badly because the person is married to someone who was born in another country, or because the person has supported the rights of co-workers who have complained about national origin discrimination.

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits national origin discrimination when it comes to any aspect of employment, including hiring, firing, pay, job assignments, promotions, layoff, training, fringe benefits, and any other term or condition of employment.  It is against the law to harass a person because of their nation origin, which includes the use of slurs or offensive comments.

Our lawyers have successfully represented victims of national origin discrimination throughout Pennsylvania before the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (EEOC) and in federal court.

 Examples of National Origin Discrimination

Our attorneys will discuss your legal options to pursue litigation for discrimination based on your national origin, including cases such as:

  • An employee is passed over for promotion because of a foreign accent even though the accent does not interfere with job performance.
  • An employer requires employees to speak only English in the workplace even though it is not needed in order to promote the safe or efficient operation of the employer’s business.
  • A supervisor makes slurs to or about a person who was born in a foreign country.

Contact us if you believe your employer may be discriminating against you because of your national origin.

What is Pregnancy Discrimination?

Pregnancy discrimination involves treating a female employee (or job applicant) badly because of pregnancy, childbirth, or a related medical condition. The law forbids discrimination when it comes to any aspect of employment, including hiring, firing, pay, job assignments, promotions, layoff, training, fringe benefits (such as leave and health insurance), and any other term or condition of employment.

Women who are pregnant or who have recently given birth may also have additional rights under the Family Medical Leave Act to take a medical leave prior to or after giving birth.

Examples of Pregnancy Discrimination

Our attorneys will discuss your legal options to pursue litigation for discrimination based on pregnancy, including cases such as:

  • An employer permits temporarily disabled employees to modify tasks, to perform “light duty” work, or to take a disability leave, but does not permit an employee who is temporarily disabled due to pregnancy to do the same.
  • An employer refuses to hire a qualified woman applicant for a position because she is pregnant.

Our lawyers have successfully pursued pregnancy discrimination lawsuits against employers who allow unfair treatment of pregnant women, or who treat women differently because they are pregnant. If you believe that your employer may be guilty of pregnancy discrimination, we can provide the background, skill and experience to help you to fight back. For a confidential consultation, please contact Ed Feinstein or Deborah Marcuse.

What is Race Discrimination?

Race discrimination involves treating an employee (or job applicant) badly because of the person’s race or racial characteristics (such as facial features, skin color, hair texture).

Race discrimination may also include treating someone poorly because the person is married to someone of a particular race or color, or because the person has supported the rights of co-workers who have complained about race discrimination.

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits race discrimination when it comes to any aspect of employment, including hiring, firing, pay, job assignments, promotions, layoff, training, fringe benefits, and any other term or condition of employment. It is also unlawful to harass a person because of that person’s race or color, including the use of racial slurs or offensive remarks.

Our lawyer are experienced in representing victims of race discrimination throughout Pennsylvania before the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (EEOC) and in federal court.

Examples of Race Discrimination

Feinstein Doyle Payne & Kravec, LLC lawyers will discuss your legal options with regard to discrimination based on your race, including in situations such as the following:

  • An African-American worker is passed over for promotion over a less-qualified caucasian co-worker.
  • An employer pays Hispanic employees less than workers who are caucasian and who are performing the same job functions.
  • A supervisor makes racial slurs to or about a person of Asian origin.

Our legal team has pursued race discrimination lawsuits against employers who have allowed unfair treatment of ethnic minorities, or who have treated racial minorities differently. If you believe that your employer has discriminated against you because of your race, please contact us. Our lawyers have the background, skill and experience to help you to fight back.

What is Religious Discrimination?

Discrimination in the workplace because of your religious beliefs or its associated practices is illegal in America. An employer cannot refuse to interview, hire, pay a fair wage, promote, or terminate employment because of religious affiliation.  If an employer allows other workers to harass or abuse you, or refuses to take your discrimination claim seriously, your rights are being violated.  Our skilled employment discrimination lawyers offer experienced legal advice and representation to workers who may be persecuted on the job for their religious association.

Examples of Religious Discrimination

We assist persons of all religious persuasions, defending their right to fair treatment in the workplace, including in cases such as:

  • An employer refuses to interview a Muslim candidate, or purposely hires one over another.
  • Mormon employees are refused the right to uphold basic tenets of the religion that do not affect the performance of their duties.
  • Employers fail to investigate claims of harassment related to a worker’s Catholic faith.
  • An employer will not accommodate work schedules for a Jewish employee observing holy days, or allow Muslim workers to take short prayer breaks.

Skilled Legal Representation in Difficult Cases

Employment discrimination cases involving religious beliefs are rarely as clear as other types of cases due to gray areas where dress, hair, and even diet can play a role in whether discrimination has occurred. Religious-based businesses and government employment requirements are subject to special considerations. Feinstein Doyle Payne & Kravec, LLC lawyers have extensive experience and success in handling employee harassment and discrimination cases.

What is Sexual Orientation Discrimination?

Allegheny County and the City of Pittsburgh prohibit employers from discriminating against employees based on their sexual orientation. If your boss fires you or demotes you because you are gay or a lesbian, you can bring a claim against  your employer for lost wages and emotional distress. Additionally, gays and lesbians who are subjected to constant slurs, offensive jokes, or other demeaning behavior may have a case for hostile environment harassment.

Ed Feinstein and Deborah Marcuse are experienced in resolving employee harassment and discrimination cases and can assist workers who have been discriminated against.

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