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Discrimination and Harassment

Pender & Coward’s employment team advises employers on how to avoid liability for workplace discrimination and in dealing with agency investigations and employment-related lawsuits, including those concerning allegations of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation.  Our goal is to help our clients effectively and efficiently handle discrimination-related matters, whether in the office or the courts.

Workplace Discrimination and Retaliation

Federal and state law protect employees from being discriminated against based on their race, color, religion ethnic origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, pregnancy, marital status, veteran status, and disabilities. Employers are also prohibited from unlawfully retaliating against employees who exercise their rights against discrimination. Employers are often forced to deal with federal and state agencies, as well as individual employees, pursing claims against them for discrimination and retaliation. Our attorneys stand ready to advise you on how to avoid such claims as well as defend your interests before government agencies and in court.

Sexual Harassment and Hostile Work Environment

The law prevents employers from subjecting their employees to workplace harassment, whether it is sexual in nature or based on protected characteristics, such as race, age, religion, or disability.  Our lawyers can help you craft policies that will protect you from such behavior and provide you with workplace training to prevent harassment before it occurs.  As with other forms of discrimination, we stand ready to assist you should an employee allege harassment before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or in a lawsuit.

Whistleblower Protection and Qui Tam Claims

Qui tam claims arise out of the False Claims Act, a federal statute that allows individuals to report and bring fraud claims on behalf of the United States government and, if successful, to recover a share of the recovered funds.  Our team can help you defend against qui tam claims and other whistleblower suits. 

How can my company protect itself from allegations of workplace discrimination and retaliation?