Discrimination

Discrimination Lawyers from 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 job applicants on the basis of certain protected characteristics or classes. This issue 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 both public and private employers of five or more employees. The federal law applies to employers with 15 more employees with a few exceptions in categories such as equal pay for men and women (all employers must comply) and age discrimination (applies to employers with 20 or more employees).

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 either your job application or in the workplace, you have legal rights. At Bradley/Grombacher LLP, we are passionate about standing up for the rights of employees and applicants, often against the larger resources of big corporations with financial power. Despite this, we have the experience and determination to make a difference in the lives of our clients who have endured this type of workplace mistreatment.

What is Workplace Discrimination?

Under state law, it is illegal to discriminate in all business practices, including job applications and interviews, hiring, promotions, transfers, terminations, compensation and other working conditions, training, apprenticeships, and employee organizations such as unions.

Federal law prohibits discrimination based on protected classes including:

  • Race
  • Religion
  • National origin
  • Color
  • Sex (which includes pregnancy)
  • 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

Aside from the basic employment practices listed above, it is also illegal for employers to retaliate against an employee who has asserted his or her legal rights under the above laws.

In filing a claim or lawsuit against an employer who has engaged in some type of discriminatory practice, you may be eligible for damages such as back pay, front pay, any lost benefits (such as vacation time, sick days, pension benefits), possible reinstatement if you have been wrongfully terminated, reasonable accommodations, attorney fees, compensation for emotional distress, and punitive damages.

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

Discrimination Activities

Discrimination in the workplace can be subtle. Once you believe it has taken place, it is strongly advised that you keep records of what has occurred. Indicators of discrimination can include changes in attitude on the part of your employer when learning that you are part of a protected class. These changes can involve poor reviews of your work performance, exclusion from various activities such as 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, and other indirect ways of reducing your status or making the workplace unsafe or covertly hostile.

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.

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, knowledge, and application of the law and legal skills to fight for the justice you deserve. When you work with Bradley/Grombacher LLP, 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 us at (888) 418-7094 today. No upfront fees.

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