Statutorily Protected Activity

Title VII Protection For Employees

You have rights guaranteed by federal law that allow you to make complaints or file a lawsuit against your employer when you believe that you have been the victim of discrimination or harassment in the workplace. Your employer can be subjected to legal penalties if you are threatened with punishment, demotion or losing your job for speaking out, such as in an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) investigation, proceeding or hearing. Whistleblower claims of this nature will often result in a ruling against the employer who attempted to use intimidation against an employee or other witnesses.

It is recommended to meet with an experienced employment law attorney before beginning any type of action against your employer, including before filing a complaint. You need to have a firm understanding of what rights you have under law so that you can take full advantage of available options. An unscrupulous supervisor or employer may attempt to take advantage of your ignorance of these rights in order to silence a claim and prevent a lawsuit, but when you have taken the time to prepare yourself, your chances of success are much better.

Legal Defense For Employees

Your employer has no right to discriminate or retaliate against you for taking any type of a stance over your Title VII protections, and when you come to Moody & Warner for legal counsel, we will inform you of the implications of statutorily protected activities in your case. If you have had your legal protections infringed upon by your employer, it may add to the evidence in your lawsuit and increase the likelihood of receiving punitive damages. The courts are swift to punish employers who stifle harassment or discrimination complaints, and an attorney from our firm will work to help you present your case in the most persuasive manner possible. We have successfully represented clients against many of the largest companies and most powerful governmental agencies, and we are ready to meet with you about your case.

Abercrombie & Fitch Hiring Practices

New Mexico Employment Lawyer Handling Discrimination Claims

Abercrombie & Fitch is a multibillion-dollar apparel retailer that targets teenage and college-age shoppers. Youth are a major focus of this company. In fact, the retailer's CEO has even made statements that have indicated Abercrombie & Fitch's focus on youth throughout every facet of the business operation. While it is perfectly fine for a company to know what type of audience it is targeting, it is not OK when that company starts discriminating against job applicants or employees simply because they do not have a certain image, whether that is a "youthful" image or some other type of image.

Abercrombie & Fitch has actually been sued on multiple occasions for alleged employment discrimination, including age discrimination, race discrimination and even religious discrimination. Our New Mexico employment law attorneys at Moody & Warner are investigating the retail chain's hiring practices — both at the store level and at the corporate level — in order to uncover any policies or actions that involve age discrimination. If you are age 40 or older and have been either unfairly denied a job at Abercrombie & Fitch or unfairly terminated from the company, we want to hear your story! If you have any type of information regarding Abercrombie & Fitch's hiring practices, we encourage you to speak with our employment law firm.

Abercrombie & Fitch's History Of Discrimination Lawsuits

In one of Abercrombie & Fitch's class-action lawsuits, the retailer was sued by thousands of plaintiffs in 2003 for allegedly discriminating against Latinos, African-Americans and Asian-Americans in its hiring and employment practices. As a result of the lawsuit, the company reached a settlement in 2004 in which it agreed to hire a vice president for diversity and diversity recruiters, as reported by The New York Times. The company also agreed to pay $40 million to the plaintiffs.

There are also many other lawsuits that have occurred in recent years. In one case, a 55-year-old former pilot of the clothing company's corporate jet sued Abercrombie & Fitch, claiming that he was terminated because of his age, according to ABC News. Another lawsuit sought damages for two Muslim women who said they were discriminated against because they were not willing to take off their hijabs, or head scarves, during work. That lawsuit was settled in 2013, with the company paying the women monetary damages and agreeing to change its policies regarding hijabs and religious accommodations, according to The Guardian.

Don't Accept Discrimination. Take Action!

No one should have to be denied a job or treated unfairly at work simply because of his or her age, gender, religion, race, etc. If you are the victim of employment discrimination committed by Abercrombie & Fitch or any other employer, you need to take action to put a stop to this unjustifiable behavior and to seek compensation for the hardship you suffered. Contact us so we can help you fight for justice!