A recent discrimination case that’s making headlines in Little Rock serves to illustrate just how important it is to know your rights as an employee and what recourse is available to you in the event you experience discrimination in the workplace.
A former employee of Triple T Foods in Springvale, Arkansas is suing the company
for discrimination after she was terminated in late September. The
female employee was fired immediately after informing the company that
she was pregnant.
Pregnancy discrimination is expressly forbidden under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Furthermore, the Arkansas Civil Rights Act
of 1994 clearly states that citizens have the right to hold employment
without discrimination. Because Triple T Foods has so far failed to
provide any legal or legitimate cause for the employee’s termination, it
appears the employee’s case is relatively sound and that she was
illegally discriminated against. If the court finds in her favor, she
may be entitled to receive punitive and compensatory damages, back wages
or other forms of compensation.
Employment discrimination may take a variety of forms, which often
makes it difficult for victims to identify whether — and, specifically,
how — their rights have been violated. The unsettling truth is that
employment discrimination is surprisingly common, and discriminatory
practices tend to go under-reported.
It’s important to not allow employment discrimination to deprive you
of your livelihood and personal well-being. If you feel you have been
the victim of employment discrimination, consulting a lawyer can help
you determine what options are available to you.
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