As an employee, you spend much of your time and energy dedicated to your work and career. In return, you expect compensation but you also expect to be treated fairly, honestly and with respect. Unfortunately, workplace discrimination occurs all too often around the country and it acts a reminder of the difficulties many employees have to face.
Earlier in 2014, an employee, Gerard Giraldo, of the Manhattan based company “The Change Group,” alleges he sent an anonymous email to executives complaining about racial discrimination and sexual harassment occurring within the company. In the email, Giraldo complained that his his managers teased him about his sexual orientation, made inappropriate contact with female employees as well as regularly made racially and ethnically charged remarks.
Soon after Giraldo sent the email, he received a threatening message which stated “Game Over,” in the subject line and the message simple stating “Gerard … IP traced.” Three weeks later Giraldo was fired.
Giraldo maintains that he knew he would be terminated had his employer known his identity, which is why he kept the email anonymous, but the employer tracked him by using his IP address. Giraldo asserts that his firing was in retaliation of his complaints and has filed a lawsuit against his former employer and his two managers for harassment, discrimination and retaliation.
No matter if the discrimination is based on race, gender, sexual orientation, a disability or another factor, an employee has rights. If you or a loved one believe that you have been treated unfairly or fired as a form of retaliation contact an experienced employment attorney today. A skilled attorney will afford you the representation you deserve and ensure your legal rights are protected.