Because there are many different types of employment discrimination claims, the necessary evidence will vary from case to case. In general, however, a plaintiff these cases has to show the employer took some adverse job action against the employee motivated by the employee’s race, color, sex, religion, national origin, pregnancy, age, disability, genetic information, or military status. Some common examples of adverse job actions in employment discrimination cases include firing, refusal to hire, denial of promotion, harassment, and other workplace actions that affect the terms and conditions of employment. Talk to a Cleveland employee discrimination lawyer to figure out how to prove your case.

If my employer laid me off but not a younger co-worker, is that age discrimination?

Ohio law and the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act prohibit discrimination against employees who are age 40 or older. When an employer fires or lays off an employee over forty but retains a similarly situated substantially younger co-worker, it could be evidence of discrimination, but it is not proof of age discrimination by itself. To determine whether age discrimination has occurred requires examining the facts and circumstances of the particular case, including the reason given by the employer and a comparison of the older and younger employees’ performance, experience, and other relevant factors. To understand your rights in the complex area of age discrimination law, consult with an employee discrimination lawyer at Bolek Besser Glesius.

Can I be fired from work for being pregnant?

Employers are required to treat pregnant employees the same as non-pregnant employees who are similar in their ability to work. This means that an employer can discipline or even fire you while you are pregnant, as long as the employer would treat a non-pregnant employee the same under similar circumstances. An experienced pregnancy discrimination lawyer can help you find out if your rights have been violated.