Determined South Carolina Attorney Opposes Workplace Racial Discrimination
Passionate lawyer takes action against discriminatory employers in the Charleston area
Employers break the law when they treat workers or job applicants unfavorably due to their skin color, physical features or other personal characteristics associated with race. At Ortner Law Firm, LLC, I advocate on behalf of people in the Charleston area and throughout South Carolina who have suffered racial discrimination in the workplace. I take a hard stance against discriminatory employers. If you were harassed, denied employment or benefits, passed up for a promotion, paid unfairly or otherwise singled out for unfair treatment because of your race, ethnicity or color, I will fight to hold the wrongful employer accountable.
Established South Carolina firm represents workers victimized by racial discrimination
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of race, color and national origin. Unfortunately, race-based discrimination and harassment still occur every day, in every type of industry. Discrimination may exist in the form of unfair actions or policies related to:
- Hiring, promotion and discipline — Employers may act illegally by only hiring, promoting or retaining workers of the same race or color, by requiring applicants to have certain qualifications or backgrounds that are irrelevant to the job, or by unevenly disciplining employees of different ethnic backgrounds.
- Pay and benefits — It is illegal for employers to determine a worker’s compensation or benefits based on their race or color. If you were paid less or offered lesser benefits than your coworkers of another race, your employer may have violated the law.
- Harassment — Racial slurs, lewd or derogatory comments, the use of racial stereotypes and the display of racially offensive symbols cannot be tolerated in the workplace. When offensive behavior is frequent or severe enough to cause a hostile working environment or to result in negative employment decisions, I can take legal action on your behalf.
Before a job discrimination lawsuit can be pursued against an employer, a Charge of Discrimination (or EEO complaint) must be filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and the EEOC must issue a Notice of Right to Sue. At Ortner Law Firm, LLC, I guide individuals through every step of the legal process required to make a formal EEO complaint and I seek justice through negotiation or litigation.
Skilled attorney fights policies that unfairly burden minorities
Even if discrimination is not intentional, its impacts can be severe. For example, some employees may have to contend with requirements that negatively affect their well-being when policies are made about grooming or dress codes without considering the fact that a vast array of hair, skin and body types exist across the wide spectrum of ethnicities. If a workplace policy that ends up excluding minorities is not job-related and necessary to the operation of a business, I can fight to have the policy amended or eradicated.
Contact a respected South Carolina employment law attorney if you are the victim of racial discrimination
Ortner Law Firm, LLC is dedicated to protecting and enforcing the rights of all workers. If you have faced racial discrimination at work, call my Charleston office at 843-405-0574 or contact me online to schedule a free consultation.