Discrimination during the Hiring Process
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is an agency of the United States federal government responsible for enforcing federal laws that protect citizens from employment discrimination. EEOC laws govern most organizations and employers that have at least 15 employees, as well as most labor unions and employment agencies. The federal laws that protect employees apply to all aspects of employment, from the hiring process to the firing process. If you are in the process of looking for a job, it is important that you understand the rights you have during an application, interview, or any other part of the hiring process.
If you believe that you have been discriminated against during the hiring process, you may be eligible to take legal action against the company who committed the discrimination. The attorneys of The Melton Law Firm have dedicated their professional careers to helping employees fight discrimination in the workplace. We strongly believe that employers and companies need to be held accountable for their wrongdoings. We have the experience and dedication needed to build a strong case on our client’s behalf and fight for justice in the courtroom.
Under EEOC laws, employers are prohibited from relying on certain information to make their decision. In the hiring process, this barred information usually comes from unlawful questions regarding certain protected classes of citizens. A protected class is a group of people that share a common characteristic that happens to be protected by the law. A common sign of discrimination occurs when an employer is trying to figure out if you belong to a protected class. During an interview, be on the lookout for questions regarding the following:
- Marital status
- Sexual preference
- Citizenship status
If an employer asks you questions related to any of these topics it might be a red flag for discrimination. Contact an attorney to discuss what should be done next. The attorneys of The Melton Law Firm are available by phone and are prepared to answer any questions you may have.
Contact an Austin Employment Lawyer
If you or someone you love has faced discrimination in the hiring process or in any aspect of employment, you should contact an attorney immediately. It is not legal and not okay for an employee to discriminate on the basis of age, religion, race, disability, or any other aspect in relation to a person’s class. The attorneys of The Melton Law Firm want to hold organizations accountable on your behalf. To learn more about our team and discuss the details of your case, contact our office at (512) 330-0017 today.