Have you faced negative or unfair treatment at work because of your perceived or actual race, color, disability, national origin, age, sex, or religion? The South Carolina workplace discrimination attorneys at The Anastopoulo Law Firm can provide representation in a workplace discrimination lawsuit to help ensure that your rights are protected. We have years of experience delivering legal representation for employees who have faced unjust discrimination in their place of employment.
Are you the victim of workplace discrimination? Contact our firm online or by phone at (800) 313-5984 today for a free consultation.
Workplace Discrimination Laws in South Carolina
Under both federal and South Carolina state law, workplace discrimination is explicitly prohibited. The federal Title VII Civil Rights Act prohibits discrimination in the workplace based on an employee’s actual or perceived sex, national origin, race, color, or origin.
Additionally, the South Carolina Human Affairs Law prohibits employment discrimination that involves:
- Harassment or unfair treatment because of national origin, race, color, sex (i.e. pregnancy and sexual harassment), religion, disability, and age (40 years old and above)
- Retaliation because of complaints about discrimination or because of an employee’s presentation in or assistance with an employment discrimination lawsuit or investigation
- Denial of reasonable workplace accommodations required because of a disability or for the observance of religious beliefs
The first step in filing a workplace discrimination claim requires a determination of whether your lawsuit should be brought under federal or state law, as both provide avenues of relief for victims of workplace discrimination. Some consider a federal workplace discrimination suit to be a more favorable route because South Carolina employment law does not allow for the recovery of compensatory damages, such as emotional pain and suffering, nor punitive damages. However, even those cases filed in South Carolina state court under federal employment law could be subject to removal to a federal court.
Filing a Workplace Discrimination Suit in South Carolina
South Carolina employees can file workplace discrimination claims, either with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or with the South Carolina Human Affairs Commission (SCHAC), the state administrative agency for employment-related issues. Under a work-sharing agreement, these two agencies cooperate with one another in the processing of workplace discrimination claims. As a result, filing a workplace discrimination claim with both agencies is unnecessary as long as an employee indicates that they would like for their workplace discrimination claim to be cross-filed with the other agency.
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Choose Anastopoulo Law Firm for legal representation in your workplace discrimination lawsuit. Our workplace discrimination attorneys in South Carolina can advise you on the best course of action and work zealously to protect your rights to compensation.
Contact us today at (800) 313-5984 or access the free online case evaluation service on our website.