We live in a society that is governed by rules and laws that are meant to protect individuals from discriminatory or arbitrary treatment. Unfortunately, the institutions entrusted with the power and authority to control many aspects of our daily lives - - our work, our schools, and our safety - - rely upon humans who are fallible and sometimes abuse the authority they have been given. They might deny your rights for arbitrary or discriminatory reasons, or they might have been offended when you pointed out their misconduct or mistakes. There are also individuals who victimize others, abusing their authority or power. This victimization can take place on the job, in our schools or on our streets.
For students, parents and faculty members experiencing problems and disputes within the education system, you should know you have many rights and options available to you. Old Russ Marquette & Peace, LLC counsels and represents clients with a variety of educational law problems.
If you are enrolled as a student at a college or university, you have likely invested thousands of dollars in obtaining a degree and might face substantial debt if your education is disrupted by false allegations of misconduct, arbitrary practices or discrimination. You do have rights to fair treatment and cannot be subjected to an arbitrary application of the rules or discrimination or harassment based on sex, disability or race.
A full and complete education is a child’s gateway to a productive and satisfying life. Unfortunately, an appropriate education can be denied if the school district fails to recognize your child’s special needs or fails to devise programs that allow your child the full and complete education they are entitled under federal and state laws. Bullying, sexual harassment or false discipline can be completely devastating to your child. As a parent, you may feel helpless in addressing these issues and obtaining the educational experience your child deserves. Our lawyers can make a difference.
Federal, State and Local laws prohibits employers from discriminating or retaliating against employees. This means that employers cannot treat you differently based upon your race, age, gender, pregnancy, disability, religion or national origin or because you opposed discrimination.
Discrimination and retaliation can take many forms, some of which are more obvious than others. It can range from overt adverse actions such as termination, demotion, denial of promotion, to more subtle forms such as reassignment, reduced hours or wages, refusal to accommodate or the implementation of an unwarranted improvement plan. It can also be expressed as a hostile work environment.If you believe that you are a victim of discrimination, or that your employer is retaliating against you because you have asserted your rights or otherwise opposed discrimination, you might be protected and should immediately contact the experienced lawyers at Old Russ Marquette & Peace, LLC.
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