Both federal and state laws protect employees in California from discrimination in employment. Employers are prohibited from discriminating against an employee based upon the employee’s race, color, national origin, sex/gender, religion, pregnancy, age or disability. California law also prohibits some additional bases of discrimination, such as marital status, gender identity, and sexual orientation. Employers may not terminate employees, demote them, lay them off, or deny advancement or other privileges of employment based on any of the above-protected classes.
At JML Law, our attorneys represent employees in Los Angeles County, Orange County, San Francisco and throughout California who has suffered unlawful discrimination on the job. In addition to bringing discrimination claims on behalf of employees.
To prevail in a job discrimination-action, the employee must show that the employer took an adverse employment action against the employee and that the adverse employment action was motivated by discrimination. Types of adverse employment actions include:
Not all discrimination claims are as clear-cut and it is often challenging to prove that an adverse job action is discriminatory because employers rarely admit they acted with a discriminatory motive. An employee must do more than show that an employer’s decision is unfair or wrong — employees must have evidence that the action was motivated by discriminatory bias. Evidence of discrimination can typically be found in biased remarks by supervisors and co-workers or hiring practices, such as when employees of one ethnicity are systematically replaced with people of another ethnicity. Workplace statistics can also be a good indicator of discrimination by showing that certain policies or practices have a disparate impact on particular groups.
Discrimination law is often misunderstood. California, like most states, presumes that employment relationships are “at-will,” which means that employees can be terminated at any time, for any lawful reason. However, even with the at-will presumption, employers cannot fire employees for unlawful reasons.
There are strict deadlines on pursuing discrimination claims. In California, employees have one year from the discriminatory act to file with the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH). If you think you may be a victim of discrimination, please contact the attorneys at JML Law for a free case evaluation.
Call JML Law at 818-835-5735 or email us to schedule a meeting with an employment law attorney. We handle all cases on a contingency fee basis. If we don’t obtain a favorable settlement or verdict in your case, you don’t pay attorneys’ fees.
Every case is unique and needs to be evaluated by our experienced lawyers. If you have been injured in a work-related accident,give us a call at 818-835-5735 or send us an email to schedule a free initial consultation. There is no risk to meet with us. We get paid only if we win your claim.