An Alvin Employment Discrimination Lawyer Helps You Fight Against Employment Discrimination
In this day and age, employment discrimination should not be tolerated in any form. For example, say a business owner has a personal policy of never hiring women. Since over 50% of the people in this country are women, he’s just cut his applicant pool by over half. As a result, he may never even meet his perfect candidate. Unfortunately, the fact is that many employers still engage in discrimination against employees, even when they’re not aware of it. In the circumstances like these, employees should seek experienced legal assistance, like an Alvin employment discrimination attorney at DeKeyzer Law, to ensure that their rights are enforced and that discrimination is not allowed under any circumstances.
Who is Protected from Employment Discrimination in Texas?
A series of federal and state anti-discrimination laws are built around “protected classes.” That is to say; if you are a member of a protected class, it is unlawful to discriminate against you. Although they may vary somewhat from state to state, commonly, protected classes include:
- Skin color
- Sex, often including pregnancy, sexual orientation, or gender identity
- National origin
- Age (40 or older)
- Genetic information
Unlawful discriminatory practices include discrimination in hiring, promotions, job assignments, termination, compensation, retaliation, and various types of harassment, often referred to collectively as “adverse employment actions.”
How to Prove Employment Discrimination in Alvin, Texas
The laws surrounding employment discrimination can fairly be described as a patchwork of laws that vary from state to state and even among the various federal circuits, with some U.S. Supreme Court decisions thrown in. A common way to prove employment discrimination follows these back-and-forth requirements:
- Employees must first establish a prima facie case by demonstrating that they:
- Are a member of a protected class
- Met their employer’s legitimate job performance expectations
- Suffered an adverse employment action
- Another similarly situated employee outside their protected class received better treatment from their employer.
- If employees satisfy the elements of a prima facie case, the burden shifts to the employer to come forward with a legitimate, non-discriminatory reason for the adverse employment action.
- If the employer does so, then the burden shifts back to the employees to prove that the employer’s proffered reason is a pretext; that is to say, “a reason given in justification of a course of action that is not the real reason,” for the discrimination.
It is unfortunate how difficult it is for employees to prove employment discrimination. After all, in at-will employment states, employers can fire an employee for nearly any reason or no reason whatsoever, with very few exceptions, for example, the breach of an employment agreement. An experienced Alvin employment discrimination attorney can help you understand your rights and if you have a case.
Let an Alvin Employment Discrimination Lawyer Help You Prove Employment Discrimination
Employment discrimination can be financially and emotionally devastating and notoriously difficult to prove. Still, neither you nor anyone else should be subjected to discrimination of any type. Fortunately, an Alvin employment discrimination attorney at DeKeyzer Law is experienced at proving employment discrimination and has a variety of strategies designed to do just that. We understand the laws and will collect the necessary evidence, put a stop to the employers’ various improper techniques, establish your case and rebut their pretexts.
For employment discrimination cases, you need the best. Contact us today if you have experienced employment discrimination in Harris County, Brazoria County, Galveston County, Fort Bend County, Montgomery County, Liberty County, or anywhere in Texas.