A few months ago, news broke about dozens of female members of the Arlington County Fire Department complaining about a toxic work environment. A letter from more than 30 female department workers identified multiple instances of harassment and discrimination, often sexual in nature. The letter also described an equally troubling problem with leadership allegedly doing […]
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Employment Issues in Leesburg, VirginiaUnfortunately, however, many Leesburg residents still struggle with various forms of unlawful employment discrimination each year. The federal government employees in Leesburg are specifically protected from wrongful employment conduct under federal law. If you or someone you know is a federal employee or contractor, you may visit our Federal Worker practice area page or Whistleblower practice page to learn about your rights before consulting with a Leesburg employment lawyer. If you are not a federal employee or contractor but think that you have been a victim of an unlawful employment practice, you may report such discrimination to the Virginia Human Rights Council or the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). For more information on filing a complaint with the Virginia Human Rights Council or the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), please visit our Loudoun County locality page to learn more. While both the Virginia Council of Human Rights and the EEOC support the mission of combating employment discrimination and enforcing employment laws, they do have some significant differences that affect how individual cases ought to be handled. For instance, the Virginia Council of Human Rights often investigates claims of unlawful employment practices in person. The EEOC, on the other hand, because of its limited resources, often must investigate claims by phone. Additionally, the Virginia Council of Human Rights uses an internal appeals process when reviewing complaints of unlawful discrimination (please see our Loudoun County locality page for more information). This contrasts with the EEOC, which, instead of internally appealing reviewed complaints, issues a “Notice of Right-to-Sue” to any person whose complaint the EEOC decides not to prosecute. Accordingly, those filing with the EEOC may proceed to court within 90 days of receiving a “Right-to-Sue” letter from the EEOC.
Bringing Cases Before the EEOCJust as a case before the EEOC is handled differently from a case before the Virginia Council of Human Rights, different forms of unlawful employment conduct are handled differently, and are subject to different restrictions, depending on the law. For example, some federal statutes require that claimants file with the EEOC first, whereas practical considerations in other instances might be resolved more expeditiously by filing first with the local Virginia Council of Human Rights. Violations of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 should be filed first with the EEOC, whereas Equal Pay Act claims can be brought in court without previously filing a charge with the EEOC. These cases contrast with age discrimination cases, which may be filed in court as early as 60 days after a charge has been filed with the EEOC. Age discrimination cases may be filed earlier because they do not require that the complainant receives a “Right-to-Sue” letter from the EEOC prior to filing a case in court. Every case is different and may require a personalized approach. The experienced Leesburg employment attorneys at the Spiggle Law Firm can help.
How a Leesburg Employment Lawyer Can HelpAt the Spiggle Firm, our Leesburg employment attorneys join residents and employees across Leesburg in standing up against unlawful employment practices. Our employment lawyers are experienced in fighting this type of discrimination – we have seen the physical, financial, and emotional harm that wrongful employment practices cause each year, and we have repeatedly demonstrated our ability to help our clients obtain the results that they deserve. It is important to us that each of our clients understands their rights, and receives the respect that they are entitled to. If you or a loved one has been a victim of discrimination or another unlawful employment practice, please visit practice areas pages to learn more. Our practice area pages include sections on Wrongful Discharge, Family Responsibility Discrimination, Emotional Distress, Hostile Work Environments, Sexual Harassment, Age Discrimination, Disability Discrimination, Family Medical Leave Discrimination, and other types of discrimination. To discuss any questions on this or other employment-related legal concerns, call us today. The Spiggle Law Firm – 202.602.6831  Head, James W. History and Comprehensive Description of Loudoun County, Virginia.  Scheel, Eugene (2002). Loudoun Discovered: Communities and Crossroads, Volume Two, Leesburg and the Old Carolina Road. Leesburg, VA: Friends of the Thomas Balch Library.  http://www.leesburgva.org  Virginia discrimination statistics are available athttp://www1.eeoc.gov/eeoc/statistics/enforcement/state_13.cfm.
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