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 so your rights are protected. We have years of experience delivering legal representation for employees who have faced unjust discrimination in their place of employment.
Workplace Discrimination 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. The South Carolina Human Affairs Law prohibits employment discrimination that involves:
- Harassment or unfair treatment because of national origin, race, color, sex (ie. 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; and
- Denial of reasonable workplace accommodations required because of a disability or for 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.
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.
Contact The Anastopoulo Law Firm South Carolina Workplace Discrimination Attorneys Today
Choose the Anastopoulo Law Firm in South Carolina for legal representation in your workplace discrimination lawsuit. Our attorneys can advise you on the best course of action, and work zealously to protect your rights and obtain compensation. Contact the Anastopoulo Law Firm today at (800) 313-AKIM(2546), or access the free online case evaluation service on our website today.