Discrimination

Discrimination Lawyers Serving Agoura Hills & Westlake Village

Did You Experience Unlawful Mistreatment at Work?

Under both state and federal law, it is illegal in California to discriminate against employees or applicants on the basis of protected characteristics. There are many discrimination laws that protect employees against several types of discrimination in the workplace.

Workplace discrimination can be a humiliating and stressful experience which no one should have to endure. If you believe you have been subject to this in the workplace, you have legal rights.

At Bradley/Grombacher LLP, we are passionate about standing up for the rights of employees, often against big corporations with financial power. We have the experience and determination to make a difference in the lives of our clients who have endured this type of mistreatment.

What is Workplace Discrimination?

Discrimination occurs when an employer makes a employment decision based on their employee's membership in a protected class.

Federal law prohibits discrimination based on protected classes including:

  • Race & color
  • Religion
  • National origin
  • Disability status
  • Sex (which includes pregnancy discrimination)
  • Age (40 or above)
  • Citizenship
  • Genetics

California honors federally protected classes and adds several of its own to the list:

  • Ancestry
  • Marital status
  • Sexual orientation
  • Medical condition, such as AIDS/HIV
  • Gender expression
  • Political connections
  • Military status
  • Status as a victim of domestic violence crimes

Workplace discrimination is regulated by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) as well as California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH). The DFEH regulates the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) which applies to employers of five or more employees.

The federal law applies to employers with 15 more employees with a few exceptions. Exceptions include equal pay for men and women (all employers must comply) and age discrimination (applies to employers with 20 or more employees).

Discuss your case and learn your legal options today. Reach out to an Agoura Hills or Westlake Village discrimination attorney at (888) 418-7094.

Examples of Discriminatory Behavior in the Workplace

It is illegal for employers to discriminate against employees or job applications in any aspect of business.

Employers cannot discriminate in:

  • Job applications and interviews
  • Hiring
  • Promotions
  • Transfers
  • Terminations
  • Compensation
  • Training
  • Apprenticeships
  • Employee organizations such as unions

Aside from the practices listed above, it is also illegal for employers to retaliate against an employee asserting their legal rights under these laws.

Discrimination in the workplace can be subtle. Indicators of discrimination can include changes on the part of your employer when learning you are part of a protected class.

These changes can involve:

  • Poor reviews of your work performance
  • Exclusion from meetings and events
  • Having your pay or hours reduced
  • Having your work duties decreased, increased, or otherwise changed
  • Jokes or slurs made at your expense
  • Enforcing different rules on employees of your protected class

These are all direct and indirect ways of reducing your status and creating a hostile work environment. If you believe you have experienced discrimination, it is strongly advised that you keep records of what has occurred.

How to File a Lawsuit for Illegal Discrimination

In a discrimination case, you generally must start by filing a complaint with California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing. The DFEH will then investigate your case. You generally must go through this type of administrative remedy first before moving on to filing a lawsuit. However, you can bypass this process with the help of our firm by filing an immediate right to sue.

In filing a claim against an employer who has engaged in discrimination, you may be eligible for damages.

Damages in your discrimination case can include:

  • Back pay
  • Front pay
  • Lost benefits (such as vacation time, sick days, pension benefits)
  • Reinstatement if you have been wrongfully terminated
  • Reasonable accommodations
  • Attorney fees
  • Compensation for emotional distress
  • Punitive damages

Bradley/Grombacher LLP can work on your behalf to negotiate a fair settlement with your employer. However, if that cannot be accomplished, we will use our litigation skills in taking your employer to trial.

Throughout all phases of the legal process, you can count on our commitment and knowledge, to fight for the justice you deserve. When you work with our law firm, you can have experienced and dedicated discrimination attorneys in Agoura Hills and Westlake Village on your side.

Need guidance in navigating a discrimination claim? Call our law firm at (888) 418-7094 today to get started.

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