Federal and State Employee Discrimination Lawyer in Detroit, Michigan
As a federal or government employee in Michigan, you are protected by the same discrimination and harassment laws as employees in the private sector. Furthermore, you are granted a special administrative process for filing a claim and contacting an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) agency. However, you can still choose a federal or a state employee discrimination lawyer in Detroit, Michigan, to represent your case.
Marko Law has represented numerous federal and state employees in discrimination cases in Michigan. We have helped victims recover substantial damages against their employers. We can also help you. If you have been mistreated or harassed while at work, contact us today to discuss your case. We can listen to your story, address your concerns, and help you move forward with your claim today.
Contact Marko Law at (313) 777-7LAW and get a free consultation from our legal team. Get aggressive representation today for your discrimination case.
Anti-Discrimination Laws protect Federal and State Employees
If you are a federal or a state employee or job applicant, anti-discriminatory laws protect you from discrimination or harassment on the basis of:
- Gender identity
- National origin
- Marital status
- Parental status
- Political affiliation
If you are a federal or a state employee or job applicant and believe that a federal/state agency has discriminated against you, you have a right to seek legal representation and file a complaint. While EEO agencies provide counselors, you are not required to limit legal support to any EEO agency. You can hire a federal and state employment discrimination lawyer in Detroit, Michigan, for legal consultation and support.
The Discrimination Claims Process for State and Federal Employees
The process for filing a discrimination claim for federal or government employees is different than filing a claim in the private sector. As your attorneys, we can guide you through the process, which involves the following steps:
- Contact an EEO Counselor
The first step we take is to contact an EEO Counselor at the agency where you work or applied for a job. We must contact the EEO Counselor within 45 days from the day the discrimination or harassment occurred. The EEO Counselor may give you the choice of participating in EEO counseling or an alternative dispute resolution, such as mediation.
- Filing a Formal Complaint
If we do not settle the dispute with your employer during counseling or mediation, we can file a formal discrimination complaint against your employer with the agency’s EEO Office. We must file within 15 days from the day you receive notice from your EEO Counselor about how to file. Once you have filed a formal complaint, the agency will review the complaint and decide whether to move forward with your claim.
- Appeal the EEO Agency Decision
If you disagree with the agency’s decision, we can appeal the decision to the EEOC or challenge it in federal district court. We can also request a hearing in writing. If we request a hearing, an EEOC administrative judge will conduct the hearing, make a decision, and order relief if discrimination is found.
- File a Lawsuit
Once you go through the EEO administrative process, our law firm can file a lawsuit against your employer. We can proceed after 180 days have passed from the day you filed your complaint if the agency has not issued a decision and no appeal has been filed. A lawsuit gives you another option if you are not satisfied with the agency’s final decision.
- Damages in a Federal or State Discrimination Case
The type and amount of damages that a court awards you in a discrimination case depends on various factors, such as the nature of the case, the parties involved, and the type and extent of your losses. Common damages that we seek for our clients include:
- Injunctive Relief
If a court determines that your employer intentionally engaged in an unfair or unlawful practice, it may issue an injunction to keep the agency from engaging in that practice again. The judge may also order your employer to hire or reinstate you at your original job.
- Future Lost Pay
If it is not feasible for your employer to reinstate you, a court may order the employer to pay any future lost pay. You receive compensation for the anticipated future lost pay resulting from discrimination or harassment.
- Lost Back Pay
You may be able to recover back pay that includes lost wages and other benefits you would have received. You may only recover back pay for a period of up to two years prior to the date the charge was filed with the
- Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Compensatory and Punitive DamagesIf we can demonstrate that discrimination or harassment was intentional, we may recover compensatory and punitive damages. Compensatory damages may include suffering, mental anguish, inconvenience, and loss of enjoyment of life.