FAQs

In general, discrimination occurs when an employer treats an employee less favorably because of their race, color, religion, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation, and pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), or disability. The law forbids discrimination in every aspect of employment. For example, discrimination can take the form of unfair hiring decisions, undeserved discipline, unequal pay, or even termination. The law provides a limited time for pursing discrimination claims, so we advise you to speak with one of our skilled employment law attorneys as soon as possible if you believe you have been discriminated against at work.
Not all unfair treatment is illegal. For example, your company can fire you because the boss doesn’t like you. The company’s conduct or decision is not illegal unless it is motivated by a person’s status as a member of a protected group (e.g., because the employee is female, or Hispanic, or gay, or a person with a disability) or in retaliation. We are experienced in making these distinctions and can advise you as to whether you have a claim.
It is illegal to harass an employee because of race, color, religion, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation, and pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information. It is also illegal to harass someone because they have complained about discrimination, filed a charge of discrimination, or participated in an employment discrimination investigation or lawsuit. Harassment can take the form of slurs, graffiti, offensive or derogatory comments, or other verbal or physical conduct. Sexual harassment (including unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other conduct of a sexual nature) is also unlawful. Although the law does not prohibit simple teasing, offhand comments, or isolated incidents that are not very serious, harassment is illegal if it is so frequent or severe that it creates a hostile or offensive work environment or if it results in an adverse employment decision (such as the victim being fired or demoted). If your working conditions have become so intolerable due to harassment or a hostile work environment, you may be able to resign and still preserve your claims for wrongful termination and “constructive discharge” against your employer. However, if you are considering quitting your job, we strongly advise that you speak to an experienced employment lawyer first.
Generally, the law forbids an employer from punishing job applicants or employees for asserting their rights to be free from employment discrimination in the workplace, including harassment. Under the law, asserting your rights is called "protected activity," and it can take many forms. For example, it is unlawful to retaliate against applicants or employees for: Reporting discrimination or harassment; Resisting sexual advances, or intervening to protect others; Filing or being a witness in a discrimination charge proceeding, complaint, investigation, or lawsuit. Engaging in protected activity, however, does not always shield an employee from all discipline. Our skilled employment law attorneys know the difference and can advise you about your rights.
There are strict time limits for filing charges of employment discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. To preserve the ability to pursue your claims, you should contact one of our skilled employment law attorneys as soon as unfair treatment is suspected. If you fail to act in time, you may be forever barred from bringing the claim before a judge or jury. SGB can represent you in this process and ensure that your claims are not waived.

Team Members

Adam Berger

Adam Berger

Attorney
Lindsay Halm

Lindsay Halm

Attorney
Rebecca Roe

Rebecca Roe

Attorney
William Rutzick

William Rutzick

Of Counsel
“Life changing!”

“I hired Mrs. Halm to assist me with an employment discrimination situation while I was battling breast cancer. 

Mrs. Halm was the epitome of professional, compassionate, honest, encouraging and when it came down to it, she fought for me until my former employer was begging for a settlement. Lindsay kept in constant communication with me, keeping the facts true and straight was very important to her, and her professional advice never failed. Every decision made was my own, but with Lindsay and Marty's advice and encouragement, I always felt confident in them. They were so caring that they sent me flowers and words of strength as I went through cancer treatments. Lindsay was a beacon of light during one of the most darkest times in my life.

In the end, I received a compensation settlement far beyond what I had hoped for-all because Lindsay never stopped believing in and fighting for me. I could never thank them enough.”

Norma, Employment Discrimination Client - Seattle, WA

“Incredible!”

“Jamal Whitehead is a perfect example of the absolute best case scenario client representation. When you are looking for a lawyer you hope you are making the right decision. Jamal was hands down fantastic! He is sharp, highly intelligent, strategic, thoughtful and displays a considerate bed-side manner that most lawyers lack. He listens carefully and takes his time to ensure that he truly understands every detail of your case. He is patient and compassionate which is invaluable when dealing with clients such as myself who are simultaneously working through emotional trauma while seeking justice. Jamal has this fierce side to him that you wouldn’t initially assume but once you see him in action, fighting on your behalf, you can’t help but sit back and appreciate his craft and skill. I couldn’t possibly be anymore satisfied with the representation, guidance and support that I received from Jamal.

Thank you, Jamal! You rock!”

Nina, Employment Discrimination Client - Seattle, WA