Employment Discrimination Based on Marital Status By Dan Atkerson on August 24, 2022

two men and a woman wearing business clothes sitting at a desk Discrimination in the workplace can happen in many ways. Most people are familiar with discrimination based on age, pregnancy, and race but few are aware that discrimination based on marital status can violate discrimination laws in certain situations. 

Employment discrimination attorney Dan A. Atkerson provides consultations to determine if employment discrimination based on marital status has occurred against clients in Allen, TX, Plano, TX, Frisco, TX, and nearby areas. 

What Is Marital Status Discrimination?

Marital status discrimination refers to the improper treatment of an employee or job applicant because of their marital status. 

Marital status discrimination can happen to individuals who are currently married but can also include single people and divorced people. 

What Might Be Considered Employment Discrimination Based on Marital Status?

Employment discrimination based on marital status may occur when: 

  • Someone isn’t hired because they are unmarried, married, or divorced
  • Denying single employees certain benefits
  • Terminating employment due to an employee getting married
  • Refusing to hire someone because of who their spouse is
  • Withholding a promotion due to marital status
  • Paying an employee less because of their marital status 
  • Harassment due to marital status, including divorced or unmarried

Marital Status Isn’t Always Protected from Discrimination

Marital status isn’t protected against discrimination in every state and it’s not always protected by federal law. 

The state of Texas has familial status laws but not marital status laws regarding workplace discrimination. 

In addition, some business decisions may seem like discrimination but may be legal. For example, many companies have policies in place where a married employee may not supervise their spouse. In such circumstances, an employee may be denied a promotion to avoid one spouse managing another. This is often seen as legitimate and not a form of discrimination. 

When Is Marital Status Protected from Discrimination?

Although marital status isn’t always protected under the law, there are times when discrimination for marital status can include other forms of discrimination and then fall under Texas familial status discrimination laws or federal law. 

For example, a woman who isn’t hired because she just got married and might have children or someone who is fired for marrying their same-sex partner may be considered discrimination under federal law. 

Determining if Employment Discrimination Has Occurred

While certain employment decisions may seem unfair and against the law, that’s not always the case and an employer may be acting completely within the law in their employment decisions. 

Consulting an employment discrimination attorney is important when trying to determine whether marital status discrimination or some other form of discrimination has occurred. An attorney can gather evidence if discrimination has occurred and help recover damages such as:

  • Lost wages
  • Lost employment benefits
  • Pain and suffering 
  • Emotional damages

Contact the Law Offices of Dan A. Atkerson

If you believe you have been discriminated against in the workplace due to your marital status or other reason, it’s important to discuss your concerns with an attorney. Call (214) 383-3606 to schedule a consultation with employment discrimination attorney Dan Atkerson. 

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Law Offices of Dan A. Atkerson

Dan A. Atkerson has been protecting the rights of North Texas employees for over nearly four decades. He is affiliated with several prestigious legal organizations, including: 

  • The State Bar of Texas
  • The Dallas Bar Association
  • The United States Court of Appeals Fifth Circuit
  • Texas Supreme Court and all Texas trial and appellate courts
  • Texas federal courts for the Northern and Eastern Districts of Texas

Through aggressive, knowledgeable representation, he has helped clients all over the state reach significant verdicts and settlements. To schedule a consultation at our law firm, request an appointment online or call us at (214) 383-3606.

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