Can I sue my employer for forcing me to engage in discriminatory practices?

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Can I sue my employer for forcing me to engage in discriminatory practices?

I am in HR, and my employer puts me in terrible, unethical situations. Not hiring a perfectly qualified candidate or offering them a significantly lower salary because they are ‘too ghetto’, telling me they don’t want male admins, saying they want more males instead of young females since they can’t get pregnant, stating they pay women less because of the potential of maternity leave, and MUCH more. I either carry out the dirty work for them, or I don’t have a job.

Asked on October 16, 2018 under Employment Labor Law, Virginia

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

No, you cannot sue for this. A lawsuit is intended to provide compensation for losses or provable, harm the person suing has suffered. However, you have not yourself suffered losses or harm due to this; therefore, you would not have grounds for a lawsuit. You can report this to the EEOC, if you believe, as you evidently do, that something should be done.


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