personal injury | discrimination
Hurt by Montana workplace abuse? As a Bozeman discrimination lawyer, let me help
In Montana you have the right to be free from discrimination and harassment where you work. If you have been discriminated against or harassed at work because of your membership in a “protected class,” in other words because of your age, race, color, national origin, creed, religion, physical or mental disability, marital status, or sex, then you may have legal remedies.
Discrimination includes but is not limited to employment decisions and employment related actions based upon race, color, religion, creed, age, sex, disability, national origin, marital or veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law.
You have the right to work in a professional atmosphere that promotes equal employment opportunities and is free from discriminatory practices, including harassment.
Harassment is unwelcome verbal or non-verbal conduct, based upon a person’s protected characteristic, that denigrates or shows hostility or aversion toward the person because of that characteristic and affects a person’s employment opportunities or benefits, has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with a person’s work performance, or has the purpose or effect of creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive working environment. If you think you have experienced serious harassment that has seriously affected your employment, then please give me a call.
Harassing conduct includes, but is not limited to: epithets; slurs or negative stereotyping; threatening, intimidating or hostile acts; denigrating jokes; and the display or circulation, in the workplace, of written or graphic material that denigrates or shows hostility or aversion toward an individual or group based on their protected characteristic. If you have been on the receiving end of such harassment and you have suffered significant losses as a result, then please give me a call.
Sexual harassment is unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal, visual or physical conduct of a sexual nature, when:
submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s employment;
submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment decisions affecting such individual; or
such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive working environment.
Examples of sexual harassment include: unwelcome or unsolicited sexual advances; displaying sexually suggestive material; unwelcome sexual flirtations, advances or propositions; suggestive comments; verbal abuse of a sexual nature; sexually oriented jokes; crude or vulgar language or gestures; graphic or verbal commentaries about an individual’s body; display or distribution of obscene materials; physical contact such as patting, pinching or brushing against someone’s body; or physical assault of a sexual nature.
Harassment is a form of employment discrimination and it is illegal when your enduring the offensive conduct is a condition of your continued employment or the conduct is severe or pervasive enough that it creates a work environment that a reasonable person would consider intimidating.
What to do if you are harassed?
NO RECOVERY, NO FEE
In personal injury cases I represent clients on a contingent fee basis, charging a fixed percentage of any fees recovered by settlement, arbitration, or verdict. If there is no recovery, then I take no fee. Depending upon the case I may require that a client, regardless of the outcome of his case, pay for all costs and expenses in his case. In those cases, I put that requirement in our written fee agreement.