Marital Status Discrimination Lawyer in Detroit, Michigan
Your marital status should not prevent you from employment opportunities or certain forms of compensation. However, an employer may discriminate against you by denying employment, promotions, pay. Furthermore, you may be harassed or treated differently simply because you are either married or single. If so, you may be a victim of marital status discrimination.
Marko Law defends the rights of employees who have been treated unfairly due to marital status. Our legal team advocates for your rights and sees that justice is done on your behalf. If you have a discrimination claim, we can assess your case, take on your employer, and fight for a fair settlement. You don’t have to feel alone when protecting your rights as an employee.
To learn more about your rights and what your case is worth, contact Marko Law today. Call (313) 777-7LAW to get a free consultation from a marital status discrimination lawyer in Detroit, Michigan.
Know the Marital Status Laws in Michigan
Federal law does not prohibit discrimination on the basis of an employee’s or applicant’s marital status. However, the Michigan Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act (ELCRA) (MCL 37.2101) prohibits marital status discrimination. Under Michigan law, employers are prohibited from making pre-employment inquiries unless the employer can establish a rational reason for the inquiry (MCL 37.2206).
Marital status discrimination is not always easy to identify and even harder to prove. As such, there are several ways in which you can be discriminated against.
- Terms of employment
- Job assignment
- Hiring and firing
Discrimination is often hidden behind anti-nepotism policies that a company established to prevent being accused of favoritism. In some cases, these policies may be defendable and necessary. However, they are often another form of unnecessary discrimination that can affect your career, reputation, and personal life.
Evidence in a Marital Status Discrimination Case
Marital status discrimination can be difficult to identify and even harder to prove. However, that does not mean that your case is hopeless. Our legal team can investigate our case to uncover evidence of discrimination against you or your spouse. For your marital status discrimination case to be successful, we will need to establish:
- You fall with a designated marital status classification.
- You were clearly qualified for a job that you did not get.
- Your job performance was satisfactory, yet you were terminated.
- You were subjected to conduct that you did not deserve.
- Other employees received favoritism due to their marital status.
Any of these single instances may not substantiate your claim. However, a pattern of discrimination or overt actions by the company, ma provide enough evidence for us to move forward. To prove your case, we can gather documents, look at the company’s history, speak with witnesses, and even hire experts to assess your case.
Damages in a Marital Status Discrimination Case
What damages you can receive and the value of your claim depends on the circumstances of your case, the parties involved, and how their actions affected your personal and professional life. While it is impossible to calculate how much your case is worth, Marko Law will work to get you the maximum compensation possible for your losses.
Compensatory damages you may be able to claim include
- Lost wages, bonuses, or tips
- Lost future employment opportunities
- Job search expenses
- Emotional or mental trauma
- Personal inconveniences
- Loss of standard of living or joy of life
If our legal team can demonstrate that an employer, supervisor, or coworker intended to treat you unfairly or discriminate against you maliciously, you may also be entitled to receive punitive damages. For instance, if someone at work intentionally prevented you from advancing in your career or hurt your professional reputation, the judge may award you punitive damages.
Our law firm can calculate all economic and non-economic losses to determine what your case is worth.
How Our Law Firm Can Help with Your Case
To win your discrimination case, you need the full support of a legal team that can provide knowledge, guidance, and resources that you may not otherwise have access to. Marko Law can assist you in winning your case in the following ways:
Investigate Your Claim to Establish the Facts
We can conduct a full investigation of the case by gathering relevant documents, speaking with witnesses, or even visiting the worksite. We look for evidence of unfair practices or discrimination that can substantiate your claim.
Engage All Parties on Your Behalf
In a liability case, anything you say can and will be used against you. As your attorneys, we can engage with all parties on your behalf so that you are never in a position to incriminate yourself. We can speak with your employer, witnesses, attorneys, and other related entities.
Prepare and Build Your Case
Once you decide to move forward with your case, our team gets to work to develop a legal strategy that supports your claim and helps you get the compensation you deserve for all damages. We handle all clerical duties and manage your case from start to finish.
Negotiate a Settlement with Your Employer
We can assess what your case is worth based on the sum of your losses. Afterward, we can meet with your employer to establish the facts of the case, outline your damages and negotiate a fair and just settlement.
Represent You in Court
Most employment law cases are civil cases. As such, we can settle them out of court. However, if we cannot settle with your employer or their insurance company, we may explore the options of filing a lawsuit and taking your case to court.
At Marko Law, we offer comprehensive legal services for your case. We can handle every aspect of your case from start to finish so that you do not bear the emotional weight and stress of your claim alone. When it comes to taking on your employer, don’t go it alone.
Contact Us Today to Get a Free Consultation
If you are ready to get started with your discrimination case, then contact Marko Law today. Let us represent you as you seek justice and compensation for your damages. Call (313) 777-7LAW today to get a free consultation from an employment law attorney in Detroit, Michigan.