Los Angeles Workplace Discrimination Lawyer
Discrimination in the Workplace
Being the victim of discrimination is always a terrible experience. Yet having that discrimination occur at the workplace is often doubly devastating. Because their livelihoods are at stake, victims are often afraid to come forward and exercise their legal rights.
Fortunately, California state law offers vigorous protections for people who have suffered discrimination in the workplace.
By working with an experienced legal advocate, you can help ensure that your workplace is a safe place for everyone and receive any compensation to which you are entitled.
Workplace Discrimination Protections Under the Law
People face workplace discrimination for a variety of reasons, including race, age, religion, ethnicity, disability, gender, LGBTQ status etc.
However, the state of California (and the federal government) offer robust protections for people who have been victimized by discrimination.
California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) makes it illegal for employers to discriminate against workers based on protected status. These protections cover employees, interns, job applicants and unpaid volunteers.
Workers are also protected by a variety of federal laws and legislation, including the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The Equal Employment and Opportunity Commission (EEOC), a federal agency dedicated to ensuring that workers are treated equitably in the workplace, also plays a key role in enforcing these protections.
Common Forms of Workplace Discrimination
Some of the most frequent forms of workplace discrimination include:
- Harassment based on membership in a protected class (LGBTQ, race, religion etc.).
- Unequal pay based on membership in a protected class.
- Retaliation for voicing complaints.
- Being fired or demoted for being LGBTQ, pregnant, elderly etc.
- Being asked inappropriate questions during the hiring process.
- Being denied promotions or career opportunities based on membership in a protected class.
Finding the Right Legal Advocate in West Hollywood.
Workplace discrimination cases are often quite complex, which means it’s important to have an experienced advocate working on your behalf.
For example, FEHA does not apply to all employers — only those with more than five employees. The process of filing state and federal discrimination complaints and navigating the system is often overwhelming for those with little prior experience.
The Law Office of Craig Charles has helped hundreds of Californians receive justice for suffering unfair workplace discrimination.
If you’ve been the victim of workplace discrimination, please don’t wait to contact us today. Located in Weho. LGBT Friendly.