Employment Discrimination

Employment discrimination is a serious matter that effects millions of people every year.  Research shows most incidents of discrimination are never brought to light.  Many people fear that standing up for their rights will cause their employer to discriminate further, terminate their employment, or make their co-workers mad at them.  These are all valid concerns, but the law protects employees against this retaliatory conduct.  Having an experienced attorney on your side from the beginning can help protect your employment when you fight back against discrimination.  

The law is always evolving.  Standing up for your rights and the rights of others can permanently alter the law.  But if we do nothing, nothing will change. 

Discrimination in the Workplace

A 2019 study revealed 61% of employees in the United States have experienced age, gender, race, sex, or sexual orientation in the workplace.  However, only 72,675 charges of discrimination were filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in 2019.  Less than 1% of people who experienced employment discrimination filed a claim with the EEOC!  

Why does it matter if so many cases go unheard?  Because nothing changes unless we stand up for our civil rights.  Discrimination law is constantly changing; you can make things better for everyone by bringing your workplace discrimination claim.  You can change the law.  You can receive compensation for losing your job or suffering other employment setbacks, for emotional trauma, and for your employer’s disregard of your concerns.  Hiring Community Law Office to represent you in your employment discrimination claim can greatly increase your chances of success in an employment discrimination claim.

Employment discrimination today is subtle.  Employees are more aware of discrimination than ever, but the vast majority of discriminatory actions go unpunished.  The best thing you can do for yourself and for your co-workers is to stand up to intolerance.  Working with an attorney who specializes in civil rights law and is experienced in helping clients navigate the law can greatly increase your chances of making a difference.  You deserve to have your voice heard.  Schedule a consultation with Community Law Office today.    


Types of Discrimination 

Federal, State, and Local laws protect certain groups of people from discrimination.  These protected groups include: 

  • Race 
  • Color 
  • National Origin 
  • Sex 
  • Age 
  • Disability 
  • Genetic Information (information from individual and family genetic tests) 
  • Pregnancy/Family Status, including whether an individual is married and/or has children or other dependents 
  • Religion 
  • Gender Identity 
  • Sexual Orientation 

If you’ve been the victim of discrimination at your job, schedule a free consultation with Community Law Office today to discuss your options.   


Why Hire a Lawyer?

What can an attorney actually do to help you recover?  Hiring an attorney puts you on equal footing with your employer.  In most cases, employers have skilled and experienced attorneys representing them.  These attorneys are knowledgeable in employment discrimination law and they have proven track records of winning cases for employers.  Hiring an attorney helps you level the playing field.  Hiring Community Law Office is especially beneficial because Benjamin Roberson has worked with the best defense attorneys in the state.  Mr. Roberson knows the ins-and-outs of defense attorney’s strategies and tactics.  Having Community Law Office on your side means specialized knowledge and experience will back up your claims and help you counter your employers’ lawyers. 

The process of filing an employment discrimination claim is complicated.  Going through the process of fully resolving the claim in the court system is even more complex.  An attorney helps you navigate the process through settlement negotiation, administrative agencies, courts, jury trial, and appeal.  Community Law Office helps guide you through these stages of negotiation and litigation efficiently and effectively. 

Finally, consulting with an attorney can help you determine whether the discrimination you experienced amounts to a legal claim.  The law is imperfect, and some instances of discrimination fall outside the law.  In these cases, there is sometimes no way to recover.  A skilled attorney can help you decide whether to pursue your claim or not.   



U.S. and Iowa law provide a wide variety of possible remedies in discrimination cases.  Financial compensation is one such remedy.  In employment discrimination cases, you may be entitled to lost wages, lost future wages, pain and suffering, and other types monetary damages.  In addition, many employees seek formal apologies for the discrimination they experienced, positive letters of recommendation, return to their pre-discrimination employment, and mandatory anti-discrimination training.  In settlement negotiations, the options are even broader.  Schedule a meeting with CLO to determine what your possible remedies may be. 

Other Practice Areas

End of Life Planning

No matter how much you plan to leave behind, making a will or trust is one of the best things you can do to help your loved ones after you are gone.

Learn More

Police Misconduct

Law enforcement is a powerful force in our communities. When police injure or kill the people they are sworn to protect, we can help victims and families get justice.

Learn More

Community Support

We provide nonprofit representation, formation, and consultation to improve our neighborhoods and communities. These services include legal counsel on boards and nonprofit setup.

Learn More

Housing Discrimination

No one should be denied housing because of who they are or what they believe. We represent clients who have experienced discrimination or harassment from landlords, apartment managers, or home owners' associations.

Learn More