Discrimination & Harassment
Workplace Discrimination and Harassment Lawyers
Everyone knows that discrimination is wrong, but it unfortunately still occurs in the workplace. Workplace discrimination occurs when an employer treats an employee or job applicant less favorably than other employees or applicants because of a specific personal characteristic, such as race, gender, color or marital status. In many cases, California employers are not allowed discrimination against employees by firing, refusing to hire, demoting, refusing to promote, or taking other negative actions against members of a protected class. These practices go against the civil rights laws enacted by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or the EEOC.
If you have been the victim of unlawful employment discrimination or harassment in California, or if you were forced to quit your job because of severe and frequent harassment at work, contact the employment discrimination attorneys at Davtyan Law Firm today to discuss your legal rights. Our experienced discrimination lawyers can determine whether you have a case and establish your best options for moving forward. You may be able to file an employment law claim against your employer to recover compensation for lost wages and benefits and other monetary damages.
California’s At-Will Employment Statute
Because California is an at-will employment state, employers typically have the right to fire employees at any time and for any lawful reason, with or without notice. However, California laws prohibit employers from firing employees for unlawful reasons such as discrimination and retaliation. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has enacted laws such as the Civil Rights Act to prevent discrimination in the workplace that act as exceptions to the at-will employment doctrine.
What are the Exceptions to this Statute?
Employers are prohibited from firing employees or making any other employment decisions if they are motivated by an unlawful reason, including the following:
- Discrimination based on race, color, ancestry or national origin
- Discrimination based on religious creed
- Discrimination based on physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, or genetic information
- Discrimination based on Marital status
- Harassment based on Sex, gender, gender identity, or gender expression
- Discrimination based on pregnancy or childbirth
- Discrimination based on Age (for employees over 40)
- Discrimination based on Sexual orientation
- Discrimination based on military and veteran status
Although the broadest and most important anti-discrimination law for employees in California is the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), there are other laws that offer protection against workplace discrimination and harassment in the state, including those that prohibit immigration-based discrimination, language discrimination, political discrimination or discrimination against victims of crimes. Hiring attorneys who are experienced in this field of law is crucial to understanding your rights and getting the compensation you are entitled to.
Harassment in the Workplace
California employers are also prohibited from creating a work environment that excludes certain employees or puts them at a disadvantage because of their race, gender, age, etc. Similarly, employers cannot harass an employee on the basis of a protected characteristic, nor can they create or maintain a hostile work environment that leaves a protected member with no choice but to quit. As an individual and an employee, you have rights against discrimination and harassment based on your national origin, age, sex or any other protected characteristics. Our attorneys are experienced in handling discrimination and harassment cases. It is important to have knowledgable lawyers handling your case, call Davtyan Law Firm today to talk to one of our experienced attorneys
What Actions are Considered Unlawful Workplace Discrimination and Harassment?
- Firing, refusing to hire, demoting or refusing to promote workers on the basis of a protected characteristic
- Permitting employees to be frequently and severely harassed in the workplace
- Enacting a company policy that disproportionately affects members of a protected class (discrimination)
- Refusing to accommodate the religious or disability-related needs of certain employees
Contact Davtyan Law Firm for Legal Help
Employees in California have protected rights to work in an environment that is free from unlawful discrimination and workplace sexual harassment. Sadly, employers continue to engage in discrimination and sexual harassment against employees and job applicants on the basis of specific protected characteristics, such as race, sex, national origin or gender identity, by singling them out or targeting them with discriminatory intent. The Civil Rights Act laws prohibit employment discrimination and sexual harassment such as these. Our employment lawyers have years of combined experience handling discrimination and harassment cases in the workplace.
If you have been fired from your job or otherwise harassed, bullied or discriminated against at work because of your membership in a protected class, you need lawyers that can properly handle your case. With a knowledgeable employment law attorney on your side, you may be able to open a discrimination case against your employer and recover compensation for lost wages, benefits and other damages. Protect your rights, call the lawyers at Davtyan Law today!