Marko Law Firm – Employment Law Attorney in Grand Rapids, Michigan
Fighting Against Discrimination: Upholding Equal Opportunity with Michigan’s Leading Employment Attorney
As an American citizen, you are entitled to equal treatment, regardless of your race, gender, age or ability. Yet a number of employers continue to discriminate, whether by refusing to hire particular groups of people, passing them up for promotion and raises, or subjecting them to harassment or other harmful behaviors. Marko Law fights back against all forms of unequal treatment. If your employer denies you an opportunity because of your gender, your race, or some other parts of your identity, we will not hesitate to defend your rights.
Michigan Law Firm Experienced in Cases of Gender, Age, Disability and Race Discrimination in the Workplace
Employment litigation is rarely simple. The realities of the situation are usually complicated and carry emotional overtones. The workplace can be politically sensitive. Motivation for employer discrimination is generally subtle and covert, commonly based on subconscious stereotyping and misconceptions. Employers hardly ever confess to a discriminatory motivation.
Marko Law has assembled a team of attorneys with extensive experience advocating for equal treatment. This means we understand all the adverse ways that discrimination can affect you. Not only does discrimination make it harder for you to acquire a job, but it can restrict your opportunities once you are employed. A prejudiced employer might be unwilling to promote you even when you are the most qualified person for a position, or might not pay you fairly given your skills. Your employer and coworkers may also subject you to threats, harassment, and various other types of mistreatment that threaten your mental health and your ability to do your work. Our team can determine the impact of all these behaviors and will be sure you are fully compensated.
Illegal Discrimination Under the Civil Rights Act of 1964
Our firm helps employees fight discrimination made illegal by the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII) as well as other state and federal anti-discrimination laws. We concentrate on all areas of discrimination, including:
- Gender discrimination
- Age discrimination
- Race, national origin, and religious discrimination
- Disability discrimination
- Height, weight, and marital status
How is Employment Discrimination Determined in a Court of Law?
There are two major kinds of evidence that can be used to prove employment discrimination:
- Direct Evidence– These consist of written and spoken statements your employer makes that directly mention your race, age, sex, ability, or another identity. If an employer says they’re firing you due to your age, or sends you an email containing a racial slur, you have direct evidence of discrimination.
- Circumstantial Evidence– This includes statistical evidence showing that members of your identification group are underrepresented in management positions, statements from other members of your group who feel they are discriminated against, and evidence that your pay is lower than the market rate for individuals of your skill level.
Both direct and circumstantial evidence strengthen your case in a discrimination lawsuit. The more evidence you gather and the better you can document it, the better your chance of obtaining redress.
Retaliation and Wrongful Termination
In addition to employment discrimination, we assist workers who have suffered negative treatment because they filed a claim about workplace discrimination. If you have been retaliated against since you submitted a grievance or charge, opposed discrimination, or have been terminated since you engaged in other whistleblowing activity, our attorneys can help you review your options and determine the next steps.