Can Temporary Workers in Pittsburgh, PA Make Discrimination Claims?
July 12, 2018
You were unemployed and with the help of a staffing agency, were able to secure temporary employment with a local company. Everything’s going fine except one day, a co-worker of yours makes a startling comment about your appearance. Your co-worker insists that they were only “kidding around” after you kindly asked them to stop. You address the behavior with your superior in hopes that the situation will be rectified, only to find that the harassing employee was never addressed, let alone disciplined. This is just one common example of the kind of discrimination temporary workers can face in the workplace.
Unfortunately, it’s been all too commonplace for employers to believe that temporary employees hold fewer rights than full-time staff. In November 2015, the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that an employer who utilizes a staffing agency may be held liable under federal and Pennsylvania civil rights laws in for any claims of racial discrimination filed by temporary workers. The bottom line is that in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, discrimination in any form is simply not okay.
What Constitutes Discrimination in the Workplace?
Types of discrimination temporary employees may face, include but are not limited to:
- Workplace sexual harassment
- Racial discrimination
- Pregnancy discrimination
- Sex or gender discrimination
- Employment disability
- Employment age discrimination
If you have experienced any form of discrimination listed above, it’s vital to understand how this will affect your outcome of filing a discrimination lawsuit. The Pennsylvania Human Relations Act states that it is an unlawful discriminatory practice for any employer to discriminate because of race, color, ancestry, age, sex, physical handicap.
Why You Should Hire Experienced Workplace Discrimination Lawyers
Temporary employees benefit from companies that implement a safe and reliable work environment that treats all employees with the same level of respect and anti-discrimination rights. When this fails, it’s time to contact experienced workplace discrimination lawyers at Quinn Logue who can help you file your discrimination claim and help you understand your rights when seeking retribution as a temporary employee.
The articles on this blog are for informative purposes only and are no substitute for legal advice or an attorney-client relationship. If you are seeking legal advice, please contact our law firm directly.
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