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How much does it cost to hire an employment discrimination attorney?
The cost to hire an employment discrimination attorney will depend mostly on the type and scope of the case. Some attorneys wave the initial consultation fee for the first meeting, in which they can discuss the merits of the case, how to proceed, and how you will be billed. If your case involves suing for damages, they may work on a contingency basis, which means they will take a percentage of damages, instead of billing you hourly. Ask for confirmation of all fees and billing expectations during a consultation.
ADEA is the Age Discrimination Employment Act. It was passed and enacted in 1967 in an effort to legislate and enforce laws preventing age-based discrimination policies and tactics toward an emerging older workforce in the United States.
The EEOC is the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which is a federal regulatory body that legislates and enforces workplace regulations regarding unfair employment practices. These can include refusal to hire someone based on age, race, gender or sexual orientation. It also regulates workplace-based discriminatory practices that can prevent advancement of qualified candidates, deny equal pay for equal work, and any signs of workplace harassment.
Types of employment discrimination
The most common types of discrimination, according to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), include acts based on someone’s age, race, color, gender, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, and pregnancy status. This discrimination can include harassment, acts of retaliation, sexual harassment, and denial of equal compensation.
What is employment discrimination?
Employment discrimination is the act of bias against an individual based on race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, physical disability, pregnancy, and/or age. Discrimination might include denial of: employment, equal compensation or advancement opportunities; or a person might be harassed based on any of those categories. Both state and federal laws prohibit discrimination, and it is a prosecutable offense that falls under the laws and protections of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).