Los Angeles Workplace Discrimination Lawyers
As an employee in California it is important that you understand your rights regarding workplace discrimination. In the city of Los Angeles, the state of California, and the country overall, it is against the law for an employer to discriminate against an employee based on factors such as race, gender, sexual orientation, or disability.
At WRLG We are Experienced Workplace Discrimination Attorneys Assisting Employees in California
If you believe that you have been discriminated against, our Los Angeles workplace discrimination lawyers want to hear your story.
What Constitutes Workplace Discrimination?
Federal and states law protect against workplace discrimination. In California, the California Fair Employment and Housing Act prohibits an employer from discriminating against an employee or potential employee based on:
- Religious creed;
- Genetic information;
- Medical condition;
In addition to the above characteristics, it is against California law for an employer to prohibit an employee from speaking a language other than English in the workplace, unless the restriction is based on a justifiable business necessity. While federal law also addresses and prohibits the types of discrimination listed above, California law is more expansive, providing broader definitions for terms such as mental and physical disability, medical condition, and more.
What Constitutes Discrimination in the Workplace?
Discrimination is treating a person differently based on any of the characteristics listed above and not job performance alone. For example, promoting someone to a higher role based on their skin color, or denying someone else a promotion based on their marital status, are forms of discrimination.
Refusing to hire someone, failing to pay a worker the same wage as other workers, excluding certain workers from opportunities, denying the use of company facilities, or issuing layoffs that only affect certain types of workers are all examples of discrimination. Discrimination also includes all forms of harassment that are based on personal traits, such as using racial slurs to describe a person.
You Have the Right to Take Action
If you believe you’ve been discriminated against, you have legal rights and you have multiple options. You can contact a lawyer right away. Or you can file a complaint on your own against your employer with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) and ask them to investigate. (To file with the DFEH, you can file an “intake form” online, but make sure you do so within one year from the date the discriminatory act took place.) Or you could complain directly to your employer. Or contact WRLG, and we’ll help you go through all your options so you can make the best choice.
In some cases, you may be able to resolve your dispute with just the assistance of your employer or the DFEH or EEOC. But if that’s not possible or doesn’t work, getting a qualified attorney’s help may be necessary.
If a discrimination lawsuit is ultimately necessary, get the assistance of an experienced Los Angeles workplace discrimination attorney. In a lawsuit, you can seek money damages for lost wages/benefits to date and future lost earnings, for out of pocket expenses you’ve suffered, and for your emotional distress. You may be able to seek reinstatement to your old position. Punitive damages may also be available. And in all cases, you can seek an order that the employer pays for your reasonable attorney’s fees.
Contact Our Los Angeles Workplace Discrimination Attorneys Today
If you believe that you have been discriminated against, our LA workplace discrimination attorneys will review your case for free today. Contact us by phone or online to schedule your consultation.