Workplace discrimination occurs in the workplace when an employer discriminates against an employee of the protected class. Both federal law and California law prohibit employers from taking adverse (negative) action against an employee or applicant based on membership in or connection with a protected class. These types of actions can include unlawful treatment such as lower pay rates, refusal to promote because of of their discrimination or other type of mistreatment.
If you are being mistreated at work, our experienced team of Los Angeles workplace discrimination lawyers at Frontier can help you understand the law and your employment law rights to help build a case to defend yourself.
If you believe that you have been treated differently in the workplace because of your race, religion, sex, or other characteristics of a protected class, and the impact has been negative, you owe it to yourself to learn more about your rights.
Adverse action can include:
Although these examples represent some of the most common types of discriminatory treatment in the workplace, the list is far from exhaustive.
Title VII of the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employers from discriminating on the basis of:
The federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA) prohibits employers from discriminating on the basis of age. However, the ADEA only protects workers and applicants aged 40 and older. There are other federal statutes which prohibit discrimination on the basis of pregnancy and disability.
California law parallels federal law in many ways, but generally provides greater protection to workers. For example, the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) extends protection to a much broader range of classes than federal law.
FEHA provisions prohibit discrimination on the basis of:
When you work in a discriminatory environment, determining your next steps can be challenging. Perhaps you don’t feel that you can afford to lose your job even though you’re being treated unfairly, making you reluctant to confront your employers. Maybe the problem is so widespread within your company that you feel powerless to make a change.
An experienced employment law attorney understands these concerns and can help you assess your situation and consider your options. The better informed you are, the more able you will be to make the best decision for your future.
You don’t have to accept workplace discrimination. However, deadlines for filing claims relating to some types of discrimination are short. The sooner you talk with one of our Los Angeles workplace discrimination attorneys, the better.