Discrimination against employees in California is illegal – both Federal and State governments strictly forbid the mistreatment of workers, based on your civil rights. It is hard to believe that discrimination against ordinary working people continues to this day, but the sad reality is that it still exists. If you have been discriminated against by your employer or during a job application process, you can talk to one of our experienced Anaheim discrimination lawyers at 818-610-8800 and let us help you receive the compensation you deserve.
What Is Employment Discrimination?
Employment discrimination happens when an employer – or potential employer if you are applying for work – treat you badly or fires you because of your:
- National origin
- Marital status
- Gender identity
- Sexual orientation
This means that, if you are covered by any of these protected characteristics, employers cannot:
- Terminate your employment
- Demote you
- Lay you off
- Block your opportunities for promotion or advancement
- Deny you any job privileges
- Refuse to interview or hire you
- Transfer you from your usual job to a worse one
- Make your working life so difficult and unpleasant that you have no option but to resign (this is known as a constructive discharge)
If they do any of these to you, they are breaking the law and must be held to account. Recent cases of employment discrimination include a married woman being refused a promotion because her employer thinks her husband earns more money; a Muslim woman being fired for exercising her right to wear the hijab; an African-American teenager being refused a job because the interviewer held racist beliefs.
I Have An “At Will” Job – How Does This Affect Me?
The Californian law allows employees to be fired “at will”, meaning you can legally be fired for any reason or no reason at all. However, this does not allow your boss to fire you for any of the reasons listed above – to do so is illegal and they must not be allowed to get away with it. If you have been fired or treated badly at your job due to any of these reasons – even if you have an “at will” contract, contact your Anaheim JML Law discrimination attorney today at 818-610-8800 to discuss how we can file a suit on your behalf.
Employment Discrimination Lawsuits
The latest statistics for employment discrimination lawsuits were released in 2017 by the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and show the percentage of all workplace discrimination lawsuits by category:
In 2017 alone, the EEOC secured almost $400 million for victims of illegal workplace discrimination.
My Employer Is Discriminating Against Me, What Can I Do?
Find as much evidence as you can to back up your case – it can be difficult to prove employment discrimination by your employer, as they can often try to give a different reason for treating you badly or firing you. If you are not sure how to do this, call JML Law at 818-610-8800 for a free initial confidential consultation.
We have a successful track record of winning financial and punitive damages for our clients who have been the victims of discrimination, both in Anaheim and across Orange County. No matter if the case is settled out of court or in front of a judge, we will work our hardest to represent you and your interests. Financial damages cover lost wages, emotional distress and attorney fees, while punitive damages can also be used to punish employers who are found to be discriminating against employees or job applicants.
Schedule Your Free Initial Consultation with An Anaheim Discrimination Lawyer Today
To discuss your employment discrimination case with our highly experienced lawyer, schedule your free initial consultation with our legal team by calling today at 818-610-8800.
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