What Is The Whistleblower Act?
A situation may arise where you notice a violation of a law or a danger to public safety taking place at your workplace. You may be afraid of reporting this to the authorities because you fear retaliation from your employer. You may fear the harassment you may face, worry that you would be passed over for any future promotions, or fear that you may even lose your job. Employees are protected from these types of practices under whistleblower laws.
Specifically, the Whistleblower Protection Act was established in 1989 to protect employees of the federal government. It stated that if they noticed any violations of laws, gross waste of funds or resources, abuses of power or dangerous practices, they would be protected should they file a complaint. Any retaliation against them based on the fact that they alerted authorities would be considered an offense of this federal law.
In the private sector, these laws have become quite complicated due to the fact that they are different in every state. The length of time in which employees are allowed to file a complaint regarding retaliation and who the complaint must be filed with varies by state. However, one thing remains the same. If they report any instances of discrimination based on gender, religion, race or age, it is illegal for them to be retaliated against by their employer.
Aggressive Legal Defense
If you have been the victim of any type of retaliation after filing a complaint, you could be entitled to file a lawsuit against your employer. In order to ensure that your rights are protected, you should contact an employment lawyer from our team. We have years of experience in upholding employee rights under employment law and will work tirelessly to uphold your best interests. With millions of dollars recovered for our clients, you can have peace of mind knowing that a strong legal representative is on your side fighting for your rights. This type of discrimination in the workplace should not be tolerated, and we will do everything in our power to see that you receive justice.
Abercrombie & Fitch Hiring Practices
New Mexico Employment Lawyer Handling Discrimination Claims
Abercrombie & Fitch is a multi-billion-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!