Can I Fight Back Against Employment Discrimination?

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As an employee, it may feel like your future is in your boss's hands, but there are state and federal laws that protect your rights. Your employer cannot treat you differently based simply on the color of your skin or whether you use the men's or women's restroom; employers cannot refuse to hire you based on your race, gender, age or several other factors.

Free consultation: If you believe you have encountered discrimination in the workplace, either as an employee or as a job applicant, call the Pasadena, California, law firm of Bononi Law Group, LLP, at 213-550-5503.

Recognizing Illegal Workplace Harassment And Discrimination

Although California is an at-will employment state, meaning your employer can fire you for no reason at all, several protections guaranteed by California law and federal law govern when an employer can be held responsible for harassment, discrimination, retaliation or wrongful termination.

You may have a lawsuit against your employer if you have experienced discrimination because of your:

Those who work in the service industry such as servers, retail workers, housekeepers and others unfortunately are often targets for illegal employment discrimination or harassment.

If you work in the service industry, remember that you have the same right as anyone else to be free from discrimination or harassment based on your gender, race, sexual orientation, age, religion or any other factor listed above. If you have experienced harassment or discrimination at work, you also have the right to seek a legal remedy.

Sexual Harassment In The California Workplace

Sexual harassment in California workplaces is strictly prohibited by both state and federal law. In 2011 alone, however, the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission received more than 11,000 complaints of sexual harassment by a supervisor or colleague.

The bottom line is that workers continue to be illegally harassed and made to feel uncomfortable or are forced to quit because of sexual comments, inappropriate touching and requests for sexual contact that have no place in the work environment. If you have experienced sexual harassment at work, contact our firm to discuss your legal options.

Preventing And Addressing Workplace Harassment

Often, an employment dispute that involves harassment or discrimination is resolved with a requirement that the employer provide additional training to employees about their right to work free from discrimination and harassment, training for supervisors in what is acceptable workplace conduct and a reporting system to address any future complaints.

Our law firm can work with your company's human resources department to train managers and other employees in the recognition and prevention of workplace harassment before a lawsuit is filed or after a settlement has been reached.

Information About Employment Discrimination

Q. Where can I find more information about employment discrimination?

A. Both federal and state agencies maintain websites that provide information about employment discrimination:

  • The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is a federal agency responsible for enforcing employment discrimination laws.
  • Disability.gov, an information and referral website, is maintained by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy in collaboration with other federal agencies. It provides a directory of government information for people with disabilities and others.
  • The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) provides information about job seeking, employment and retirement.
  • The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing is the largest state civil rights agency in the United States.

The laws and agencies described above have created one of the strongest networks of employee protection in the world. However, employers continue to discriminate against employees illegally. Employees who believe they have experienced discrimination in the workplace or while seeking a job should contact an employment attorney to learn about their rights and options.

Free Consultation: Call Our Southern California Employment Law Firm

If you have been a victim of harassment and discrimination at work, you have rights. Your employer must take steps to provide a safe working environment, including measures to prevent discriminatory practices and harassing behavior.

To schedule a free consultation regarding your workplace discrimination and harassment legal concerns, complete our online contact form or call 866-295-7512.