FILE A COMPLAINT

Race and Color



 
Q Same job, different treatment...A friend and I read a job ad and went to the same company to apply for the opening.  I am black and they told me all the jobs were filled.  He is white and was hired on the spot.  Isn't this discrimination?

A It is unlawful under the PHRA for an employer to discriminate against an employee because of the employee's race or color, so what you describe may have been illegal discrimination. You may file a complaint with PHRC. Our investigation will try to determine the facts of the case, and remedy any illegal discrimination.

 
Q I signed an employment agreement for a six-year period with my former company when I was 55. The agreement contained provisions which were very lucrative for me. Two years ago, my company was bought out by another company. As part of the acquisition, the new owners acquired everything, including my employment agreement. Since this new company took over, they have begun a campaign against me to force me to resign. They demoted me. They divided up my sales territory. I've lost commissions. Can this be done?

A No, if your new employer is doing these things because of your age (40 or over), race, color, sex, religion, national origin, ancestry or non-job related disability. You may file a complaint with the PHRC, which will investigate and take the appropriate action.
 
Q I am 59 years old. I was fired two months ago from my job as a sales vice president for a company. They fired me without any warning and there was no disciplinary action against me either. I just found out that after they fired me, all of my job assignments and sales territories were divided up and assigned to three, younger employees. I worked for this company for 33 years. Is this legal?

A It is unlawful under the PHRAct for an employer to discriminate against an employee because of the employee's age, if the employee is over 40. You may file a complaint with the PHRC, which will investigate and take the appropriate action.

 
Q I've worked for a small college for over 10 years in the mail room. I've been a very good employee. I've even filled in for my supervisor when he was absent. He just announced that he is retiring. I just applied for the job. I got an interview for the promotion, but despite my past performance record and my supervisor's recommendation that I get the promotion, the job was given to a 28-year-old with no mail room experience. I think the real reason I didn't get the job is because I'm 49. Can you help me?

A It is a unlawful under the PHRAct for an employer to discriminate against an employee because of the employee's age, if the employee is over 40. You may file a complaint with the PHRC, which will investigate and take the appropriate action.

 
Q My company just merged with a larger one After the merger, a 30-year old became my supervisor. I'm 62. He is always giving me negative ratings when I don't deserve them. He embarrasses me and criticizes me every chance he gets, but it's never in front of any one. He's always calling me `old timer' or `pops' instead of my name. When I asked him recently for the company to reimburse me for training that I needed for the job, he said `Why should we invest in you?" When I complained about not getting reimbursed, he fired me and said it was "for the good of the business." I was the only one who got fired. I don't think this is legal, is it?

A It is unlawful under the PHRAct for an employer to discriminate against an employee because of the employee's age, if the employee is over 40. You may file a complaint with the PHRC, which will investigate and take the appropriate action.