Labor & Employment Discrimination

When your employer or supervisor discriminates against you or retaliates against you, that conduct not only threatens your financial livelihood and ability to support your family, but it also insidiously undermines your faith in yourself. A hostile work environment or the unfair and arbitrary loss of work can destroy your confidence, eat away at your self-respect and cause incalculable harm to your emotional and physical health. Its malignant footprint can affect every member of your family, particularly your spouse or partner. Employment discrimination or retaliation can knock you off your feet both from a financial and emotional perspective. You do not need to fight against such treatment on your own or let it destroy your life. If you are facing such misconduct you should contact our attorneys.

In many instances, clients come to us before they have been fired, but after they have sensed that they are not being treated fairly and have become a target for discrimination or retaliation. These early signs of illegal treatment can take the form of a sudden drop in evaluation scores, reassignment to more menial tasks, excessive oversight and review of your performance or unwarranted criticism. It is important that you contact a lawyer at the first sign of discrimination or retaliation. At this stage you might be confused, frightened and uncertain about your rights and the steps you can take to ensure that you are not a victim of illegal conduct. Often times the protection of your rights depends on complex and technical legal rules. You need a lawyer to help you understand the rules.

The attorneys at Old Russ Marquette & Peace, LLC have extensive experience handling all aspects of employee-side employment litigation. If you are concerned about unfair treatment in the workplace, you should contact our knowledgeable attorneys who can effectively guide you through this challenging process. We can help you determine whether you may be entitled to damages or unemployment compensation.

Employment Discrimination

Discrimination based upon race, age, gender, disability, religion and national origin is illegal. Despite legislative efforts established in the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and its amendments, employees continue to face adverse actions at the hands of their employers and coworkers. Our firm provides experienced and comprehensive legal help to people who have been victims of discrimination or a hostile work environment. Discrimination can be found in many forms – some more obvious than others. Discriminatory action can include the following:

  • Failure to Hire
  • Failure to Promote
  • Hostile Work Environment
  • Wrongful Termination
  • Reduction in Wages or Hours
  • Suspensions
  • Written Disciplinary Actions
  • Reassignment
  • Harassment and Prejudice
  • Gender Stereotyping
  • Pregnancy Discrimination
  • Refusal to Accommodate Disabilities
  • Retaliation

It is also illegal for employers to retaliate against employees who have complained about discrimination or participated in investigations of discriminatory conduct. Employees are protected from retaliation regardless of whether the discrimination was directed at them or others, or if they have sought the protection of federal or state law. If you believe that you are a victim of retaliation because you have asserted your rights or otherwise opposed discrimination, you might be protected and should immediately contact the experienced lawyers at Old Russ Marquette & Peace, LLC.

Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment can include unwanted sexual jokes, touching, leering, unwanted requests for dates and requests for sexual favors in return for a job or promotion. If you are experiencing sexual harassment, you may be entitled to legal recourse and compensation. Our firm can protect your rights and hold the wrongdoer accountable.

LGBT Community

Federal, State and Local laws prohibit gender stereotyping and discrimination. The Pittsburgh City Code and the Administrative Code of Allegheny County explicitly prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Federal and state law prohibits harassment or discrimination based on sexual stereotyping. If you are a member of the LGBT community and believe you are a victim of discrimination or harassment because of your sexual orientation or because of gender stereotyping, you should contact the lawyers at Old Russ Marquette & Peace, LLC for a consultation about your rights.

Whistleblower Laws

In Pennsylvania, it is unlawful for an employer to fire or discriminate against an employee who has made a good faith report of wrongdoing or waste. Employers are also prohibited from retaliating against employees who have participated in investigations of wrongdoing or waste. If believe you are being retaliated against for making or participating in a report of wronging or waste by your employer, contact our offices to schedule an appointment.

Family Medical Leave Act

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is a federal law that protects the rights of employees to take unpaid leave to recover from a serious health condition or take care of a family member who has a serious health condition. If the employer has at least 50 employees and the employee gives appropriate notice, the employer is required to comply with the request.

Our experienced lawyers are equipped to represent individuals who have been denied FMLA leave or who have been retaliated against for invoking their rights under FMLA.

Unemployment Compensation

The process for applying for and receiving unemployment compensation benefits can become extremely complicated. If you have been denied unemployment benefits, or your employer has appealed your award of benefits, it is in your best interest to hire an attorney to represent you. The sooner you contact us, the more we can do to advance your interests.

Wage and Hour Claims

Employees are entitled to be reasonably compensated for the services they have provided. Unfortunately, employers have devised numerous ways to short-change their employees. We may be able to help you, if any the following describes your situation:

  • You are not compensated for all hours worked
  • You are not compensated for time spent “on call”
  • You are asked to do work “off the clock”
  • You are not reimbursed for work-related travel
  • You are not compensated for your lunch break
  • You are offered “comp time” in lieu of overtime payments
  • You have been misclassified as an independent contractor or exempt employee to avoid overtime payments

Employment Agreements and Severance Agreements

During the course of your employment, your employer may ask you to sign a written agreement. These contracts are drafted to protect the employer’s interests, and may limit your ability to obtain other employment or impact other rights and interests you may have. Our attorneys have the knowledge and experience necessary to negotiate with your employer. We will review your agreement to see if it is fair, advise you of what rights and interests might be implicated, and negotiate on your behalf to create the most beneficial situation for you.

Olds Russ Marquette & Peace, LLC is located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in the North Hills section of Allegheny County. The firm provides representation to clients in nearby communities such as Etna, Shaler, Allison Park, Westview, Glenshaw, Gibsonia, and Wexford, as well as clients throughout Western Pennsylvania.