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Common Misconceptions About Workplace Discrimination

Misconceptions and myths about workplace discrimination have a habit of spreading like wildfire. Unfortunately, they can cause harm. If you believe you are the victim of discrimination, don’t do anything until you speak to a lawyer.

Chances are you’ve heard some of the following misconceptions before:

  • If you report workplace discrimination your employer can fire you: If you report workplace discrimination, your employer cannot legally fire you. Now, he or she may fire you nonetheless. However, you can immediately hire an attorney and file a complaint against employer retaliation.
  • Firing is the only type of employer retaliation: Contrary to popular belief, firing is not the only weapon of retaliation used by employers. Employers can hold back promotions, demote you or engage in other unfair disciplinary practices.
  • Your employer can fire you for posting about work conditions on Facebook: Your employer may not be able to fire you for posting comments about work conditions on social media sites when one or more employees responds to those posts. This is known as concerted activity.
  • You must go to court to win your case: Many people avoid taking legal action because they are worried about going to court. However, your case may be resolved through arbitration or mediation — two litigation alternatives that take place outside of court.

There is an abundance of inaccurate information floating around about the law and workplace discrimination. This can cause discrimination victims to make unwise decisions that can jeopardize their chances of recovering damages. To ensure you receive up-to-date and knowledgeable advice concerning your case, speak to an experienced employment lawyer today.

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Neil H. Deutsch
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About Neil H. Deutsch has been practicing law for over 35 years and is known as a skilled negotiator in employment and discrimination law. He believes in a bottom-line approach of risk analysis and cost effectiveness for his clients. "Case evaluation is something we take seriously," says Mr. Deutsch who seeks top net dollar for…

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