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AWARDS: $2,350,000 award to automobile accident wrongful death plaintiffs • jury acquittal – double criminal homicide • $1,000,000 award to motorcycle accident wrongful death plaintiffs • jury acquittal – criminal homicide • $465,000 award to medical malpractice plaintiff • jury acquittal – criminal homicide, recklessly endangering another person, neglect of a care dependent person • $325,000 federal jury verdict, UIM and insurance bad faith award to automobile accident plaintiffs • jury acquittal – attempted criminal homicide • $300,000 award to medical malpractice plaintiff • jury acquittal- attempted criminal homicide, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon • $300,000 award to automobile accident/ products liability plaintiffs • jury acquittal – homicide by vehicle while DUI, homicide by vehicle, aggravated assault by vehicle DUI, aggravate assault by vehicle • $115,000 award to truck accident plaintiff • jury acquittal – murder, rape • $100,000 non-jury trial verdict to facial laceration plaintiff • jury acquittal – 1st degree Murder (capital case) • $90,000 award to premises liability/slip-and-fall plaintiff • jury acquittal – DUI, terroristic threats, carrying firearms without a license • $440,000 award to civil rights violation plaintiff • jury acquittal – theft, receiving stolen property • $135,000 award to civil rights violation plaintiff • jury acquittal – possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance (PWI) • $636,000 jury verdict in plaintiffs’ medical malpractice case • jury acquittal – indecent assault, indecent exposure • $550,000 award in plaintiffs’ personal injury case • juvenile case acquittal- solicitation to commit aggravated assault, aggravated assault of unborn child • $250,000 award to mass transit accident plaintiff • jury acquittal – theft, receiving stolen property, conspiracy • $130,000 award to premises liability/slip-and-fall plaintiffs • court-appointed appellate counsel – Supreme Court of Pennsylvania reversal of rape conviction • $465,000 award to automobile accident plaintiff • jury acquittal – aggravated assault • $125,000 award to automobile accident plaintiff • jury acquittal – DUI • non-jury acquittal – dismissal of armed robbery charges • $170,000 award to automobile accident plaintiffs • successful jury verdict in defense of attorney charged with legal malpractice in professional liability case • $140,000 award to injured bicyclist plaintiff • non-jury acquittal – dismissal of 2 counts of criminal homicide • $180,000 award to employment discrimination plaintiff • jury acquittal – indecent exposure • non-jury custody trial – award of primary physical and legal custody of minor to paternal grandparents over natural mother • juvenile decertification petition granted to criminal homicide charges – release at age 21 • non-jury custody trial – award of primary physical and legal custody of minor to father • jury acquittal – DUI • $90,000 award to automobile accident plaintiffs • non-jury custody trial – award of primary physical and legal custody of minor to mother • $50,000 jury verdict for plaintiff- passenger in automobile accident case • non-jury custody trial – award of primary physical and legal custody of minor to father • hung jury – Arson trial (no criminal punishment imposed) • $265,000 award to premises liability plaintiff • jury acquittal – delivery of a controlled substance • $125,000 award to premises liability plaintiff • jury acquittal – DUI • $190,000 award to products liability plaintiff • $150,000 award to premises liability/construction accident plaintiff • $750,000 award to prison medical malpractice and civil rights violation plaintiff • $90,000 award to automobile accident plaintiffs • $108,500 award to automobile accident plaintiff • $80,000 award to automobile accident plaintiff • $150,000 award to truck accident plaintiffs.

Protecting Employees Who Cry “Foul” – The Role of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act

Discrimination in the workplace is against public policy and violates the law in Pennsylvania. However, individuals might understandably be reluctant to voice their objections to discriminatory practices engaged in by their employers. Fortunately, employees willing to stand up and cry “foul,” can look to the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act to protect them against retaliation.

Discriminatory practices prohibited by the PHRA

The PHRA prohibits employers from terminating, refusing to hire or otherwise discriminating against individuals based on several factors, including:

  • Race
  • Color
  • Familial status
  • Religion
  • Ancestry
  • Age
  • Gender
  • National origin
  • Disability

If you believe you have been the victim of a discriminatory practice by your employer, you only have a limited time within which to file a complaint. An attorney who handles discriminatory practice cases under the PHRA should be consulted to ensure your claim is filed on time.

Protection against retaliation

The PHRA encourages people to report violations of the law by making it an unlawful discriminatory practice for any employer to retaliate against an employee who objects to discriminatory practices. The protection against retaliation extends to the following:

  • Individuals filing a complaint under the PHRA
  • Individuals who oppose employer practices violating the PHRA
  • Individuals who assist others in the filing of a complaint
  • Individuals who testify on behalf of an employee in connection with a complaint under the PHRA

Employees need not fear voicing their objections to discriminatory practices or filing a complaint as a victim.

Getting sound legal advice with discrimination complaints

If you believe you are the victim of discrimination or retaliation by an employer, the Allentown attorneys at Charles Law Offices are there to protect you. Their unsurpassed knowledge of the law and experience make them a valuable source for legal advice, guidance and superior representation.