As many workers in Pennsylvania could tell you, there are certain qualities that are often desirable in an employee. These can include diligence, good timekeeping, attention to detail and a willingness to work hard. In some lines of work, specialist skills may be required or prior training in the field. These are all reasonable requirements and it is not uncommon for hiring decisions to be made based on such traits.

However, it is a sad fact that many people’s chances of securing a job for which they are perfectly qualified are often destroyed by discriminatory practices. All too many applicants are turned down or employees held back from promotion not because they were not suited to the job, but as a result of their age, gender, national origin or another detail equally irrelevant to the position.

It can be hard to know how to react to such treatment. You may be tempted to simply move on and look for another employment option. However, discrimination is unacceptable and you deserve to be treated fairly and with respect. While it may seem like a lot to take on, legal action may be the answer. Not only may it lead to the responsible parties being held accountable for their actions, but you may even be awarded compensation.

Every case is unique, but an attorney may be able to advise you about your options and suggest whether your case is likely to be successful. Our page on discriminatory practices may also have some of the answers you require. Do not allow unfair employers to hold you back. With the right guidance, you can work toward a fair and just resolution to your situation.