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The Beasley Allen report brought to you by one of the most successful personal injury firms in the nation the Beasley Allen law firm founded by former Alabama leads and a governor jerry Beasley and hosted by Gibson pants past president of the American Association for justice and a partner in the Beasley Allen law firm this is the Beasley Island report here is your host Gibson fans welcome to the Beasley Island report tonight our topic is discrimination in the workplace discrimination comes in many forms and tonight we'll discuss the two most common forms of discrimination race and gender before we get to tonight's topic let's look at what's coming up in the next few weeks next week join me is our welcome Kylie McKinney with the Social Security Administration to answer important questions about the Social Security retirement and disability process on Sunday April 22nd my special guest is Circuit Judge Calvin Williams and on April the 29th my law partner Chris Glover joins me to discuss an important Beasley Allen case the Beasley Island report welcomes your questions at any time you can email me at Gibson at Beasley Allen calm tonight our topic is workplace discrimination in here to discuss that with me is my law partner and good friend Larry ghostin Larry welcome aboard thank you for help well it's a pleasure to have you here we'd like to start every show with asking our guests to tell us a little bit about their background I know you've been with Beasley Allen for several years how did you get your start well I started off practicing law in Huntsville Alabama and then I moved to Montgomery where I work for our former chief justice sue Bell Cobb and from there I ended up working on Beasley Island have been at the firm for it'll be 13 years in July where you're from there Birmingham Birmingham Alabama and you're married with children married with children and what do you concentrate your practice on at Daisley Allen I do employment law is top of here today I do some class action work and I do a lot of insurance fraud insurance bad faith work but you know I've tried a couple cases together insurance fraud and bad faith cases and and I'm here to tell our audience that you do a very good job representing clients you're tenacious litigator and when you get on a case you work it very very thank you I appreciate that well we're going to talk about discrimination and how do you know if you're being discriminated against well that's the common question people ask and you know usually your instincts are good you know you get a sense of when you're being mistreated but what I always tell people to do is to look at two questions one and this is a legal term we'll explain it but one is you ask yourself am i a member of any protected class and what that means is that the law doesn't allow or people to bring lawsuits over discrimination on any and everything there there are certain select categories or protect the classes if you will that the law says you can't discriminate against people for these things and let's look at what some of those protected classes are race race gender gender age age national origin religion disability there are several things like that you that are considered protected classes so you can't discriminate against a person for example because they are from another country you can't discriminate against a person because that person is either male or female those what the law does finds as protected categories are protected classes and so you always get people to call you up and say hey my boss didn't like the fact that I wore a bumper sticker that said you know go Obama well you know that might might not be bright that your boss fired you for that but that's not a protected class and then some some very limited circumstances people work for the government they may have rights regarding politics but if you're just working for a private company here in Alabama you are in an employee at will state meaning they can fire you for any reason or no reason at all so unless you're in one of those protected categories you really don't have a lot of employee rights with respect to your job so that's the first thing always ask people start off ask yourself am I in a protected category protect the class and I guess the top law practice that you have at our firm when you're working on discrimination cases they normally come into the form of an employment situation right although you do have sometimes you know you have businesses that do small business doing business with a big business and if there is any discriminatory animus in those cases based on race for example you have statutes old statutes that have been around 200 years almost that protect people for race discrimination and contract when it's in a business situation and when we talk about discrimination law primarily we're talking about federal law federal law in the state of Alabama like I said you don't have a lot we don't have a lot of employee playi employer statutes that help the average working folk in this state you have an age discrimination statute that mirrors the federal statute but aside from that you don't have a lot of protection so most of the laws that I deal with are going to be federal based employment laws that are geared towards stopping or squashing out discrimination in the workplace okay well something that I know our viewers are going to be interested in hearing about hopefully our viewers are not being discriminated against but we're going to talk about that during this show and we look forward to discussing it

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