Earning a living should never involve the indignities of gender or sexual orientation discrimination. Various federal statutes and the Washington Law Against Discrimination (WLAD) prohibit sex discrimination in the form of unequal pay, failure to promote qualified candidates, pregnancy discrimination, retaliation, sexual harassment, and hostile work environment. In 2006, the WLAD was amended to include sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes.
The men and women at Schroeter Goldmark & Bender have worked tirelessly on behalf of clients to safeguard the right to a safe and discrimination-free workplace. If you have faced sexual harassment or illegal discrimination in the workplace, we may be able to help you recover your lost wages and benefits as well as compensation for emotional distress.
When to file.
You have a limited time to protect your legal claims; failure to take action within a certain period of time (depending on the claim and where you work) may bar you from ever filing your case in court. SGB can help you determine the relevant filing deadlines for your case. Learn more about filing a discrimination claim.
Let us help you.
There is no charge for you to tell an SGB professional about your situation. Employment cases are either accepted on contingency or billed hourly. We discuss all of our fees up front with our clients. Contact us for a free, confidential case review or call us at 1-800-809-2234.
Aggressive counsel. At SGB, we have the resources and expertise to take on large, well-funded corporations and government agencies, yet we are small enough to give our clients personal, thoughtful representation. SGB has a long history of success trying employment cases, and our opponents know that we aren’t afraid to bring cases before a jury. This means that we are prepared to try your case when settlement negotiations fail to yield a fair result.
Deep experience. We know how to prove discrimination in the face of an employer’s excuse for poor treatment. Gender discrimination in the workplace can occur in subtle ways. Companies may say that the adverse decision affecting you is due to “the economy” or “corporate restructuring,” but you may recognize gender discrimination when, for example, other employees with similar or less experience than you are treated more favorably in training and advancement opportunities.
Understanding of the law. Not all unfair treatment is illegal. For example, your company can fire you because the boss doesn’t like you. The company’s conduct or decision is not illegal unless it is motivated by a person’s status as a member of a protected group (e.g., because the employee is female, or Hispanic, or gay, or a person with a disability). We are experienced in making these distinctions and can advise you as to whether you have a claim.
If you would like consult with us about your case, it is helpful to gather any documents you have related to your employment, e.g., pay stubs, policy manuals, employment contracts, termination papers, etc. These documents are often critical in evaluating a potential case.
- $400,000 verdict on behalf of female firefighter against local fire district for gender discrimination.
DISCLAIMER: This is the fine print, but our fine print is regular size and in clear language. These client quotes and settlement/verdict figures are examples of the results we have obtained for others. Their cases were different from yours, so your result is sure to be different. We post these results for you to see that we have a track record of hard work, client service, and trial success. We won’t guarantee the results of your case, but we will guarantee to bring the same passion, skill, and experience when we fight for you.