Discrimination in the workplace occurs across industries of all sizes — from small businesses to large corporations. It’s not only wrong, but it’s also against the law. Employee rights lawyers seek justice for employees every day. A recent UPS lawsuit is a primary example of how workers can fight against discrimination in the workplace and hold employers accountable for unlawful behavior.
About the Current UPS Lawsuit
On August 17, 2018, Melisa Hoshaur, a former employee of United Parcel Service Inc. filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. In the complaint, Hoshauer cited a hostile work environment, gender discrimination, and retaliation — saying that the company breached its duty of good faith and fair dealings.
In the UPS lawsuit, the plaintiff cites numerous instances of behavior that led to the filing including:
- Being reluctantly trained as a feeder driver (based on her gender)
- Suffered damages including emotional distress, embarrassment, humiliation, loss of self-esteem
- Subjected to a hostile work environment and discrimination (based on her gender)
- Retaliation — being fired for opposing the discrimination
- The subsequent loss of employment and wages
Hoshaur and her employment law attorneys have requested a trial by jury in the UPS lawsuit (Case number 18-cv-01639). In this particular case, the plaintiff and her lawyers are filing under state law — Pennsylvania Human Relations Act (PHRA). Workplace discrimination is also unlawful under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that makes it illegal to not hire or to terminate anyone or to otherwise discriminate against someone regarding pay, job requirements, or any workplace perks or benefits, based on the individual’s sex.
The plaintiff is seeking a judgment against UPS for:
- Compensatory and punitive damages
- Award of front pay and other benefits (and Interest)
- Costs of the suit including attorney and expert witness fees
- Other damages as deemed suitable in seeking justice for the case
Florida Employee Rights Lawyers Seek Justice Against Discrimination in the Workplace
Unfortunately, discrimination happens in the workplace across the United States, including Florida. Employers have legal teams and employees should have an experienced lawyer on their side to seek justice and stop the illegal behavior — and hold them accountable.
The attorneys of Wenzel, Fenton, and Cabassa P.A. fight for the rights of employees across Florida using state or federal law. Florida has a similar law that Pennsylvania does — the Florida Civil Rights Act. If you have been discriminated against at work due to gender, race, age, or other factors covered under federal or state law, it is important to consult with an employee rights attorney to determine the appropriate legal course of action for the best outcome.
Workplace discrimination, like the above example in the UPS lawsuit, is wrong and illegal. It can have devastating effects on workers, their careers, and their personal and family life.
If you have been the subject of a hostile work environment, gender discrimination, and retaliation, contact us today to set up a free, confidential consultation. We’re the employee’s law firm— a tireless legal team fighting for your rights.