Do You Believe That Your Employer Is Discriminating Against You?
An employer’s unequal treatment of job applicants or employees can constitute workplace discrimination. Although federal laws and California state laws prohibit it, workplace discrimination still occurs all too often. When it does, the impact can be professionally and emotionally damaging and financially costly.
At Moon Law Group, PC, our Los Angeles employment attorneys fight workplace discrimination. Diligent and tenacious, our lawyers can help you protect your rights and hold an employer accountable for subjecting you to any type of workplace discrimination. Our goal is to help our clients pursue all available legal remedies so they can maximize their recoveries and secure the justice – and compensation – they deserve.
What Are the Different Types of Workplace Discrimination?
There are various forms of workplace discrimination, including:
- Age discrimination: Employers are prohibited from discriminating against employees who are 40 and older.
- Disability discrimination: It is also illegal for employers to discriminate against employees due to physical disabilities or mental impairments.
- Gender discrimination: A job applicant’s or employee’s gender is another personal characteristic protected under anti-discrimination laws. It is illegal for employers to treat workers of a certain gender unequally or unfairly because of their gender. This includes all forms of sexual harassment.
- FMLA discrimination: The Family and Medical Leave Act gives employees the right to take unpaid leave for certain health and family-related reasons; firing someone for using this leave is against the law.
- Pregnancy discrimination: Employers may not fire or demote women who become pregnant.
- Race or ethnicity discrimination: Discriminating against prospective or current employees because of their skin color, ethnic group or country of origin is also against the law.
- Religious discrimination: Employers are also prohibited from unfairly or negatively treating employees on the basis of their religion, including a lack of belief.
No matter what your specific legal issue may be, you can count on personalized attention, fierce advocacy and tireless commitment to obtain the best results available in your case.
Frequently Asked Questions
No one deserves to be discriminated against at work. Here at Moon Law Group, PC, we help provide experienced guidance to those who have faced discrimination and who are wondering about their legal options. Here are some common questions we often see at our firm.
How do you prove workplace discrimination in California?
It depends on the details of the situation. There are specific protected classes in the United States, per Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, such as race, gender and national origin. Proving discrimination may mean showing that you were treated unfairly based on these classes (or others). In some cases, it can help to show a pattern of behavior – such as an employer who refuses to promote women, no matter how qualified they are.
How do you report discrimination in the workplace?
You may start by reporting the discrimination to your supervisor, your boss or the human resources department. If this is impossible – perhaps your boss is the one committing the discrimination – then you may need to report it to the California Labor Commissioner’s Office. It can be very helpful to have experienced legal representation when navigating this complex system.
What constitutes a “hostile work environment”?
Generally, a hostile work environment is when a worker is subjected to repeated violations or microaggressions. They feel that the workplace itself is not fair or, perhaps, even safe for them. Maybe they constantly face “jokes” about their gender or their ethnic background. Perhaps they feel like a second-class citizen compared to other employees. This is a pervasive sense of being marginalized or belittled.
What is considered “retaliation” in California?
Retaliation often means that an employee is terminated based on a protected act that they took. For instance, they reported discrimination to their human resources department and were replaced the following week. But retaliation could also include things like changing an employee’s duties, giving poor performance reviews, cutting someone’s hours, reducing their pay or changing their work schedule so that it is intentionally inconvenient.
Find Out More About Your Rights During a Free Initial Consultation
If you have been the target of any type of workplace discrimination, it’s time to contact the employment lawyers at Moon Law Group, PC. Our unparalleled representation, as well as our personal service and strong commitment to our clients, empower us to position workplace discrimination cases for successful outcomes. We also strive to provide maximum value while respecting our clients’ time and money.