Washington, D.C. businesses must provide their employees with a safe workplace, free from discrimination and harassment. When this occurs, and employees report such incidents, they face retaliation or termination from their positions. Attorney Mohaimina "Mina" Haque of Law Office of Mohaimina Haque PLLC fights to protect employee rights.
The Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employers from discriminating against employees based on these protected characteristics:
- National Origin
- Genetic Information
Additionally, the D.C. Human Rights Act prohibits discrimination based on:
- Personal Appearance
- Sexual Orientation
- Gender Identity or Expression
- Family Responsibilities
- Political Affiliation
- Credit Information
An employee may not be harassed based on any protected characteristics or sexually harassed. Harassment is pervasive conduct of a subjectively abusive nature that creates a hostile working environment.
Some employers retaliate against their employees for reporting wrongdoing, such as sexual harassment or illegal activities. Retaliation can be in the form of demotion, wrongful termination, or harassment.
An employer cannot terminate an employee if that employee reports or refuses to participate in illegal, unethical, or unsafe activities.
Hourly employees must be paid 1.5 times their hourly wage for any time worked above 40 hours per work week. If an employee leaves their employment, they must be compensated for vacation time and severance pay as negotiated. If the employer fails to do this, the Courts could award the employee twice the amount owed.
Attorney Mina Haque can advise clients on non-compete agreements before they sign, protecting their right to earn a living wage.
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Attorney Mina Haque fights to protect employees in Washington, D.C. Contact her today at 202-355-6384 or at [email protected]