Discuss Your Claim with an Experienced Arizona Federal Discrimination Attorney

Have you experienced discrimination in the workplace as a federal employee in Arizona? If so, you are not alone. Despite the protections afforded under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and other federal laws, discrimination remains a pervasive issue in the federal employment sector. An Arizona federal discrimination attorney can help protect you, but it is important that you take action promptly.

As a federal employee (or former employee or job applicant), there are deadlines you need to meet and procedures you need to follow when filing a claim for discrimination. If you don’t follow the process—or if you don’t start the process in time—you could lose your legal rights. We have significant experience handling federal discrimination cases, and we can work quickly to protect your legal rights if necessary. We handle federal discrimination claims against all federal offices, departments and agencies in Arizona, including (but not limited to):

  • Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
  • U.S. General Services Administration (GSA)
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
  • U.S. Department of Defense (DOD)
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
  • U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)
  • U.S. Department of the Interior (USDI)
  • U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • Veterans Affairs (VA)

Our experience includes filing successful discrimination claims on behalf of employees, former employees and job applicants with numerous federal entities. We are intimately familiar with the steps involved in filing a successful discrimination claim, and we know what it means to achieve justice as a victim of discrimination in the federal workplace. When you choose our firm to represent you, we will do everything we can to achieve justice on your behalf, and you will work closely with an experienced Arizona federal discrimination attorney every step of the way.

What Is Discrimination?

Discrimination in the federal workplace occurs when an employer, supervisor, manager or coworker engages in conduct that violates an employee’s rights as a member of a protected class. Many of these protected classes exist under Title VII, but there are several other anti-discrimination statutes that protect federal employees as well. These include the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), Equal Pay Act (EPA), Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA), Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) and Rehabilitation Act, among others.

Under these statutes, federal employers (and their personnel) are prohibited from taking employees’ and job applicants’ protected characteristics into consideration when making employment-related decisions. Protected characteristics include:

  • Age
  • Color
  • Disability
  • Gender
  • Genetic Information
  • National Origin
  • Pregnancy
  • Race
  • Religion
  • Sex

This prohibition applies to all types of employment-related decisions. For example, some of the most common forms of federal discrimination include:

  • Compensating equally-qualified employees differently
  • Denying access to health insurance, paid leave or other benefits
  • Harassing a federal employee (including by creating a hostile work environment)
  • Initiating disciplinary action without justification
  • Refusing to hire
  • Refusing to promote, provide training or award a pay raise
  • Refusing to provide reasonable accommodations for disabilities or religious beliefs
  • Suspending a federal employee without justification
  • Terminating a federal employee without justification
  • Writing a false negative performance review

Again, these are just examples. Regardless of why you feel that you are a victim of discrimination, we encourage you to speak with an Arizona federal discrimination attorney at The Law Firm of J.W. Stafford promptly. Your attorney will provide a comprehensive assessment of your legal rights so that you can make an informed decision about your next steps.

Types of Discrimination Cases We Handle

We handle all types of federal discrimination cases in Arizona. No matter what form of discrimination you experienced, and no matter what protected characteristic (or characteristics) are part of your identity, we want to help you. Discrimination is not acceptable under any circumstances, and holding employers accountable is the only way to prevent discriminatory acts in the future.

  • Discrimination Against Federal Job Applicants – If you were denied a federal job opportunity because of your race, religion, age, disability, sex, pregnancy or any other protected characteristic, you have clear rights under federal law. We can help you assert them.
  • Discrimination Against Current Federal Employees – Federal employees are entitled to protection against many forms of discrimination in the workplace. If you believe you are a victim, you should speak with a lawyer promptly.
  • Discrimination Claims for Former Federal Employees – If you were wrongfully terminated based on a protected characteristic, you may be entitled to reinstatement, back pay and/or other remedies. An Arizona federal discrimination attorney at The Law Firm of J.W. Stafford can take appropriate legal action on your behalf.

How to File a Federal Discrimination Lawsuit

How do you file a federal discrimination lawsuit? For many federal employees, the process starts with filing a complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The EEOC has a formal complaint process, and the process is designed to ensure that employees achieve fair resolutions as efficiently as possible.

But, sometimes going to the EEOC isn’t an option, and sometimes it doesn’t work. If you cannot get the relief you deserve through the EEOC’s complaint process, then protecting your legal rights may involve filing a discrimination lawsuit in federal court.

We have years of experience representing federal employees and job applicants in EEOC complaints and federal discrimination litigation. When you contact us for a confidential consultation, we will go over your options, and we will help you decide how best to move forward. Once you make this decision, we will begin fighting on your behalf, and we will do everything we can to make sure that you receive the outcome you deserve.

Speak with an Arizona Federal Discrimination Attorney in Confidence

If you need to know more about your legal rights as a federal employee in Arizona, we encourage you to contact us for an initial consultation. We will arrange for you to speak with an experienced Arizona federal discrimination attorney in confidence as soon as possible. Call 410-514-6099 or tell us how we can reach you online to schedule an appointment today.