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Experienced and Effective Discrimination Lawyers
We are committed to zealously representing victims of discrimination and retaliation under federal and state anti-discrimination laws. No one should be denied an employment opportunity due to discrimination or retaliation. Cases we handle include:
- Glass ceiling discrimination;
- Sexual harassment;
- Race discrimination;
- Gender discrimination, including Equal Pay Act claims;
- LGBT discrimination;
- Religious discrimination;
- Disability discrimination;
- Pregnancy discrimination; and
- Age discrimination
Click here to see our videos answering frequently asked questions about discrimination and retaliation.
Why Hire Us for Your Discrimination, Retaliation or Sexual Harassment Case in Maryland, Washington DC or Virginia?
Hiring a proven and effective advocate is critical to obtaining the maximum recovery in a discrimination case. Eric Bachman, Chair of the Firm’s Discrimination Practice, has substantial experience litigating precedent-setting individual and class action discrimination cases.
Eric's wins include a $100 million settlement in a disparate impact Title VII class action and a $16 million class action settlement against a major grocery chain. And his experience as a public defender enables him to feel at home in any courtroom and communicate effectively with the jury.
Having served as Special Litigation Counsel in the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice and as lead or co-counsel in numerous jury trials, Bachman is trial-tested and ready to fight for you to obtain the relief that you deserve. As editor of the Glass Ceiling Discrimination blog, Bachman writes frequently on topics related to promotion discrimination, harassment, and other employment discrimination issues.
U.S. News and Best Lawyers® have named Zuckerman Law a Tier 1 firm in Litigation – Labor and Employment in the Washington DC metropolitan area. Contact us today at (202) 769-1681 to find out how we can help you.
Frequently Asked Questions About Discrimination and Retaliation
Discrimination in the Workplace
- I think I was discriminated against at work. What should I do now?
- Are there hiring requirements that apply nationwide or statewide?
- What is a protected class?
- What kinds of workplace discrimination are illegal?
- Is all discrimination unlawful?
- What types of employment actions do anti-discrimination laws cover?
- What is glass ceiling discrimination?
- What are common signs of a glass ceiling within a company?
- If a coworker performs the same job as I do, but has worked with the company longer and gets paid more than me, can I sue?
- My boss yells at me for no reason, can I sue for hostile work environment?
- What is a bona fide occupational qualification (BFOQ) defense?
- What is a hostile work environment?
- What discrimination laws apply if I work in Maryland?
- What is pregnancy discrimination?
- What is religious discrimination?
- What is the gender wage gap?
- Pay discrimination claims under the Equal Pay Act versus Title VII: what is the difference?
- What should I do if I was a victim of discrimination at work?
- Are executives and law firm partners covered by Title VII’s employment discrimination protections?
- What is the difference between Title VII and Section 1981?
- Can a single, vile slur could create a hostile work environment under Title VII?
- Can executives, partners, and other senior managers sue if they’ve suffered discrimination?
- What is retaliation?
- What is constructive discharge?
- If I complain about harassment and then am retaliated against, what rights do I have?
- Is an employee protected against retaliation for testifying on behalf of a co-worker?
- What if my employer retaliates against me for filing a discrimination claim?
- Is denial of a transfer away from a biased supervisor an adverse action?
- Is an employee protected against retaliation for participating in an employer’s internal investigation?
- Is a negative performance evaluation an actionable retaliatory action or adverse employment action?
- Is it unlawful to fire an employee for exercising a right to obtain an employee benefit?
- Is administrative leave or a paid suspension an adverse employment action?
- Is assigning a sales employee a low performing territory an adverse employment action?
Damages or Remedies for Discrimination and Retaliation
- What damages are available in an employment discrimination case?
- What is the duty to mitigate damages?
- What are emotional distress damages and how do I prove them?
- How do courts measure emotional distress damages in employment discrimination cases?
- How does the EEOC measure emotional distress damages?
- Can I recover punitive damages as part of my employment discrimination claim?
- What is front pay?
- What are back pay damages in employment discrimination cases?
- What is after-acquired evidence in a discrimination case?
Litigating Discrimination Claims
- How do I make a discrimination or harassment complaint?
- I have never filed a lawsuit before and am worried about the stress. What should I expect?
- What happens when I file charges against an employer for discrimination?
- If I file a lawsuit, what are the various steps involved before trial?
- How long do I have to file a discrimination claim?
- How do I file a charge of discrimination?
- How do I prove discrimination?
- What do I have to show to prove a prima facie case of employment discrimination?
- What is the standard for summary judgment?
- How do you prove pretext in an employment discrimination case?
- What do I need to prove to win my employment discrimination case?
- What is the difference between a class action and an individual case?
- Who is a similarly situated employee in an employment discrimination case?
- How do I show I’m the better-qualified candidate in a promotion discrimination/ glass ceiling case?
- What is arbitration?
- Why does it matter if I signed an arbitration agreement?
- Can I use evidence of discrimination against other employees to prove that I suffered discrimination?
- How do I know if I have a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)?
- What kind of reasonable accommodation must my employer make for my disability?
- Does the ADA prohibit discrimination on the basis of relationship or association with a disabled person?
EEOC's Role in Enforcing Anti-Discrimination Laws
- What does the EEOC do?
- What happens after I file a claim with the EEOC?
- Are there any time limits on when I must file a charge of discrimination?
- Can I still file a Title VII discrimination lawsuit if I miss the EEOC charge filing deadline?
- How does the EEOC prove discrimination?
- How does the EEOC prove someone is qualified for the job?
- Can an employer be held liable for customer sexual harassment?
- What damages or remedies are available for victims of sexual harassment?
- What is a hostile work environment?
- I am considering leaving my job because of the harassment I am suffering. What should I do?
- Can a single incident of harassment suffice to establish liability?
- How do I prove my workplace is a hostile work environment?
- What is quid pro quo harassment?
- What is workplace sexual harassment?
- In a sexual harassment case, does it matter if it is a supervisor versus a co-worker who is harassing me?
- Who is a “supervisor” in sexual harassment cases?
- How can employees combat harassment at work?
- What is the deadline for filing a sex harassment or retaliation claim?
- What type of retaliation is prohibited against an employee who reports unlawful discrimination or harassment?
- Is an employer prohibited from retaliating against an employee because the employee reported harassment?
- What is an employer’s affirmative defense in a sex harassment case?
In addition to federal and state anti-discrimination laws, local human rights statutes provide enhanced protection. The Washington Lawyer's Committee for Civil Rights has a helpful comparison of local human rights laws, which is available by clicking here.
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