Helping Clients Throughout East Pennsylvania Overcome Obstacles
Take A Stand
Against Workplace Discrimination and Harassment
Workplace discrimination and harassment can damage your mental and physical health. If your employer retaliates against you for speaking out, it can cost you your job. You have the right to be free of discrimination and harassment – and to take a stand when you are being harassed or discriminated against.
I am attorney Ralph Lamar, and I am here to help protect and assert your rights. As an employment lawyer with decades of experience, my thorough approach enables me to gather and analyze information that serves as a solid basis for your case. I will be with you every step of the way to ensure that your rights are protected, your voice is heard and you are treated fairly by your employer and the court.
How Do You Know If You Have A Case?
Employment lawsuits can be difficult to pursue. Unfortunately, employees are treated poorly by their employers every day, and often without legal recourse. Unless you can prove that you suffered an adverse employment action – one that affected you in the wallet – because of your age, race, sex, medical condition or other protected status, you won’t have a successful outcome. This can be done in a number of ways and you do not have to have suffered explicit slurs in order to prove your case.
If you do have a case, it’s important to take swift action due to the filing deadlines and administrative agencies that may apply. I understand the nuances of these cases, and I know how and when to proceed with a case.
My Practice Areas
Types of Cases
I represented an airline mechanic who was taken out of work by a company doctor when he was discovered to have a genetic condition that is ultimately fatal. Although the condition was progressive, it was slow in developing and did not impact Harry’s ability to perform his job duties other than preclude him from working at heights. I was able to get him back to work at the airline with a financial settlement for his claim under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and he was able to continue on for more than ten years before being able to retire with full benefits.
Ann Warner was a paraprofessional for the Aurora School District who suffered a serious injury to her wrist after she was assaulted by a student. After a number of surgeries she was able to return to work but was required to wear a brace and was not able to lift more than a few pounds. Fortunately, her job did not require her to perform heavy lifting. However, after a new administrator was hired by the school district Ann was fired because the administrator believed she could not perform her duties due to her injury. I took her case to trial and she received a verdict in her favor for a violation of the ADA. She went on to successfully work at a different school district in the same capacity.
Another client of mine was a manager at a large national discount warehouse. Hilton Ridley complained to upper management about what he felt was racially discriminatory treatment. Shortly afterwards he was demoted for a safety violation. As part of the demotion he was transferred to a different location. Within weeks he was written up three times for petty rule infractions. The last one placed him on notice that his job was in jeopardy and, seeing the writing on the wall, he tendered his resignation. A federal jury in Philadelphia held he had been constructively discharged in retaliation for his complaint of race discrimination under Title VII and awarded him $200,000 in emotional distress.
Getting The Help You Need
I have deep roots in Pennsylvania and have maintained my professional relationships there as well, including an ongoing co-counseling relationship with another top employment lawyer.
My proven track record of success, including numerous jury verdicts, exemplifies my skill at handling employment law matters. I am a member of several professional organizations, including the National Employment Lawyers Association, the Epilepsy Legal Defense Fund and the American Diabetes Association Advocacy Attorney Network. By devoting significant time and resources to each case, I am able to maximize the chances of a positive outcome for each client.