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Federal and California state laws place obligations on employers or anyone seeking to hire anyone in the state. One such obligation states that employers cannot unfairly exclude certain types of people from employment opportunities; that once employers make hires, they must treat all of those hires fairly and inclusively; and that they cannot terminate employees for discriminatory reasons. Unfortunately, discrimination is common in the workplace, especially in wealthy areas like Calabasas, though it may be difficult to prove.
If you suspect that you have been a victim of discrimination by an employer, you need to enlist the assistance of Calabasas discrimination lawyers who are intimately familiar with local, state, and federal discrimination laws and who can help you understand your rights and options. Southern California Attorneys, A.P.C., is on your side and prepared to advocate relentlessly for the justice, fair treatment, and proper compensation you deserve!
Common Examples Of Workplace Discrimination
Discriminatory Hiring Practices
When you go to a job interview, the law prevents your prospective employer from asking certain questions, such as regarding your country of origin, your religious beliefs, your medical history, or your parental status, among other things. They can’t ask you whether or not you have a criminal history, for example, until they’ve made you a conditional job offer.
There are some exceptions to these rules. For example, if your employer is a church or other religious organization, they might require employees in some roles to be a member of their religion. On the whole, however, interview questions should be primarily concerned with your ability to perform the job, not irrelevant personal matters. Sometimes it can be difficult to tell what qualifies as discrimination; our experienced Calabasas discrimiantion attorneys can help you determine whether your interview experience violates anti-discrimination laws.
Failure To Accommodate Diversity in the Workplace
Workers have a legal right to expect support from their employers. If you have a disability, are pregnant, have a medical condition, or have religious obligations that affect how you can behave in the workplace, your employer is obliged to provide reasonable accomodations that allow you to do your job, gain skills, and advance within the organization.
If your employer withholds support, forces you to work in unsafe conditions, fails to adjust to your needs, or denies you access to training or promotion activities, they may be committing discriminatory practices.
Hostile Work Environments
Workers who differ from the majority of their colleagues at their workplace can face ostracism or subtle forms of exclusion. This can be especially hard for workers who:
- Are pregnant
- Speak English as a second language
- Have disabilities
- Belong to a religious group
- Have a gender identity or sexual orientation that does not conform to workplace norms
Jokes, comments, pranks, and other forms of discrimination repeatedly exhibited by coworkers or management can make employees feel like they are second-class or not part of the team. Employers must promote a culture of tolerance and respect in the workplace; this isn’t just fair, it’s the law, and it is designed to protect employees from discriminatory behaviors.
Some employers try to excuse behaviors that create hostile work environments or even blame the victims for being “too sensitive.” If your employer isn’t upholding their responsibility to make you feel safe and included in your workplace, speak to one of our Calabasas discrimination lawyers about your options.
Some employers will attempt to fire workers who belong to protected classes, either because of their own prejudice or to save themselves the trouble of making these workers feel welcome or valued.
Employers might make excuses for why they fired an employee to avoid accusations of discrimination. Other employers might make the working conditions so terrible for an employee that they have no choice but to quit. This practice is constructive discharge, and it violates workers’ rights just as blatant wrongful termination does.
Because employers in California are allowed to terminate employees for any reason other than discrimination, it can be challenging to prove prejudice. If you think that you lost your job because of it, you need to consult with attorneys who can ask the right questions, gather the necessary evidence, and make a persuasive legal case.
If a supervisor or colleague has made unwanted sexual advances or a workplace relationship has gone badly, you might experience retaliation or hostility. California discrimination law protects your rights if an employee threatens you sexually, harasses you for sexual reasons, constantly makes sexual innuendos, nterferes with your ability to do your job, or makes you feel uncomfortable or unsafe.
Sexual harassment is a form of discrimination. Don’t let anyone make you feel powerless or convince you that you have to take it! Our Calabasas discrimination lawyers can stand up for you, put an end to the behavior, and ensure you are properly compensated.
What Our Calabasas Discrimination Lawyers Can Do For You
Dsicrimination can cause feelings of shame, anger, and discouragement. It can hinder your ability to focus at work, and it can also inhibit your ability to advance in your career. In turn, that can keep you from being promoted, making more money, and seizing financial opportunities for yourself and your loved ones. It could also be the reason someone fires you and permanently ruins your employment record. The way your employer treats you matters for your emotional and financial well-being.
Our experienced, multilingual Calabasas discrimination lawyers at Southern California Attorneys, A.P.C., will do everything in our power to secure the maximum compensation you deserve if you were wrongfully discriminated against. We can listen to your story, answer your questions, determine whether or not you have a legitimate case; we can explain your options and your rights, investigate your claim, gather evidence, communicate with your attorney, file paperwork, and pursue a legal claim against your employer if necessary to get you closure.
We charge on a contingency fee basis, so you won’t pay any legal fees until we win your case. Usually in discrimination cases, your employer will be made to cover our fees in your settlement! Undocumented immigrants are protected by California’s discrimination laws, so you don’t have to fear deportation, and your first meeting with us is always confidential. Call today to schedule a free consultation and learn more about what we can do to help you!
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