Discrimination / Harassment
California and federal laws prohibits discrimination and/or harassment based on certain “protected classes” such as:
- National Origin
- Age Over 40
- Sexual Orientation
- Pregnancy Status
- Political Affiliation
- Marital status
- Military or Veteran Status
Therefore, it is illegal to refuse to hire, terminate or discriminate against any employee based on any protected class. Illegal discrimination occurs when a person is treated unfavorably because of his or her membership in a protected class. It is also illegal to discriminate against an applicant or employee because that person is associated with another individual who is a member of a protected class.
If you feel that you have been discriminated or harassed based on any of these protected classes, contact the Setareh Law Group today for a free, no-cost consultation with one of our experienced and knowledgeable attorneys who will listen to you and determine if you have a viable claim.
Both California and federal laws prohibit sexual harassment in the workplace. Sexual harassment is defined as an unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature. Managers and supervisors who work for an employer with 50 or more employees (or contractors) in any 20 consecutive weeks in the current or preceding calendar year are required to undergo 2 hours of interactive sexual harassment training and education every 2 years.
Sexual harassment generally takes occurs in one of two forms: quid pro quo (literally “something for something”) harassment and hostile work environment harassment. Quid pro quo harassment occurs when a supervisor, expressly or impliedly, requires another employee to submit to sexual advances by threatening the employee with adverse employment action (i.e. “come have dinner with me or I will not give you that promotion”). Hostile work environment harassment involves unwelcome conduct, based on sex, which creates a workplace that is intimidating, hostile or offensive to a reasonable person.
If you have been a victim of sexual harassment in the workplace, contact the Setareh Law Group today for a free, no-cost consultation with one of our experienced and knowledgeable attorneys who will listen to you and determine if you have a viable claim.
Wrongful Termination In Violation of Public Policy
Under California and federal law, a former employee can bring a claim of wrongful termination in violation of public policy if they can show that they were terminated after exercising a legal right (such as complaining about sexual harassment), refusing to engage in illegal conduct, or reporting illegal conduct to a government official/agency, someone with authority over the employee or another employee with authority to investigate, discover or correct the violation of non-compliance.
If you have been wrongfully terminated in violation of public policy, contact the Setareh Law Group today for a free, no-cost consultation with one of our experienced and knowledgeable attorneys who will listen to you and determine if you have a viable claim.