Workplace Discrimination Lawyer in Los Angeles
Holding Employers Accountable for Unlawful Employment Discrimination in California
Federal and state laws both prohibit employers from basing employment decisions on certain protected factors of applicants or employees. The following are some examples of protected factors under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA):
- Race or color
- National origin or ancestry
- Age (for employees over 40)
- Marital status
- Sexual orientation
- Gender expression or identity
- Medical conditions
- Genetic information
When certain employment decisions stem from bias due to one or more of the above factors, it can constitute unlawful workplace discrimination. You should discuss your situation with a discrimination lawyer Los Angeles if you are a member of a protected class and believe this is the reason you experienced any of the following:
- Refusal to hire
- Refusal of a deserved promotion or pay raise
- Undesirable transfer
- Demotion or reduction of hours
- Unequal treatment than members outside your protected class
81% of women and 43% of men report having experienced some form of sexual harassment and/or assault in their lifetime according to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC). Sexual harassment comes in many forms and some types may be extremely difficult to notice.
If you have been sexually harassed by your employer, then call now to speak to one of the Los Angeles discrimination attorneys from our law firm. Signs of sexual harassment that go unnoticed are:
- Paying excessive attention to an employee over other employees
- Blocking or standing in an employee’s way repeatedly
- Brushing up against an employee accidentally or on purpose
- Telling an employee a lewd joke or story about a sexual experience
Frequently Asked Questions About Workplace Discrimination
When you have been wrongfully terminated, then you need a Los Angeles law firm with extensive experience with California discrimination law. In addition to unlawful discrimination, our legal team provides services in related practice areas such as class actions, personal injury, and wage and hour cases. Below are common questions employees have for our attorneys.
The information provided here does not constitute legal advice from a discrimination attorney. All information here is for general informational purposes only. You should contact our Los Angeles CA, law firm to schedule your free consultation with one of our workplace discrimination lawyers.
What is a hostile work environment?
Some careers are more stressful than others, but that’s usually due to the nature of the job rather than the employer. Everyone has had a boss that was unpleasant, or jobs that they were happy to quit. However, a hostile work environment is one where someone can face adverse employment actions for simply keeping their dignity.
For example, you or your co-workers may be told that your continued employment with the company is contingent upon you going out on a date with the boss, or you may be subjected to unwelcome comments about your body. It includes failure to make reasonable accommodations for a medical condition and failure to grant medical leave. You do not have to deal with harassing conduct related to your gender, gender identity, any medical condition, or age.
What are the most common types of workplace discrimination?
Disability discrimination occurs when an employer treats an applicant or employee less favorably because they have a history of a disability or because their employer believes the employee has a physical or mental impairment that is not transitory or minor. Such an employee is protected from discrimination in the workplace and must be treated fairly. California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act use a very broad definition of disability to include myriad disorders, conditions, or diseases to protect workers from disability discrimination. The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) requires an employer to accommodate an employee because they must care for a family member with a disability.
Racial discrimination is when a job applicant or employee is treated unfavorably because of their race or because of characteristics associated with race, like hair texture.
Age discrimination is prohibited by the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), which usually affects individuals who are age 40 or older.
Pregnancy discrimination occurs when an employer refuses to hire a pregnant woman, terminates a woman’s employment if she becomes pregnant, or discriminates against her for her need to pump breast milk or a medical condition related to breastfeeding. Pregnancy discrimination also happens when an employer refuses to provide reasonable accommodations for a woman’s pregnancy-related disabilities.
Many LGBTQ employees face discrimination based on their gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation in their personal life when they seek access to critical health care and at work. Approximately one-fifth to one-third of LGBTQ Americans have changed aspects of their personal or work lives in order to avoid experiencing discrimination. Out of the many places where LGBTQ discrimination occurs, 36% happens in the workplace. If you are suffering from transgender discrimination, then call (866) 572-6384 now to speak to an employment attorney.
What are my legal rights as an independent contractor in Los Angeles?
The practice of misclassifying employees in order to avoid paying Southern California independent contractors benefits or wages was addressed with the 2019 passing of Assembly Bill 5, which expanded the rights of Los Angeles CA independent contractors when working under an employer. Call now to have a discrimination attorney explain your rights.
What is the legal process for filing for workplace discrimination against an employer?
You can file a Charge of Discrimination on the EEOC Public Portal or in person at an EEOC office. Before you can file your discrimination charge you will be interviewed by a staff member. If you have experienced ongoing harassment or discrimination, then you have one year from the date that the last violation occurred to file your discrimination claim. However, you should not wait that long to speak to a discrimination attorney. Employment cases can take one to three years litigate, sometimes even longer.
Discrimination cases usually involve sensitive information. This is why you need a great lawyer who you can trust. Your attorney has your best interests at heart throughout your entire discrimination case.
Let Setareh Law Group fight for your to get the justice you deserve under California employment law and federal law. You can schedule your free consultation at any of our law offices serving Beverly Hills CA, Los Angeles, Long Beach or the surrounding areas.
Employment Lawyers in Los Angeles
Wrongful termination is a serious allegation, so companies seek legal advice from their lawyers in order to protect their business interests. When an employee is considering filing a wrongful termination claim, they need to be represented by a law firm that provides aggressive representation to take on large companies. During your free consultation with a Los Angeles discrimination attorney from Setareh Law Group, we explain your rights under state and federal law.
Setareh Law Group pursues cases with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), California law, and in both state and federal courts. We deliver aggressive representation for victims of wrongful termination, disability discrimination, racial discrimination, workplace harassment, and other types of workplace discrimination. Our Southern California lawyers have won millions of dollars for people just like you who are seeking justice in Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, and Long Beach.
Consult with Our California Workplace Discrimination Lawyers about Your Situation
Setareh Law Group is committed to protecting the rights of clients harmed by employers who engage in unlawful conduct. We successfully handle workplace discrimination cases, so please do not hesitate to call (866) 572-6384 or contact us online today.