In a perfect world, all employees would be judged by their performance. However, in reality, this is not always the case. Sometimes employees are unfairly discriminated against because of someone else's bias. Fortunately, under the law, employees are entitled to work in an environment free from the most pernicious forms of discrimination.
What Is Employment Discrimination?
Employment discrimination can take the form of many things. However, in general, it involves employees being treated negatively in their workplaces because they are part of a protected class. Negative treatment includes, but is not limited to failure to hire or promote, denial of raises, demotions, disciplinary actions or other detrimental employment actions. In the most egregious cases, a victim of discrimination may lose their job simply because of their membership in a protected class.
How Do I Know That It Is Discrimination?
Virtually every day, employers make decisions that could have a negative effect on their employees. Consequently, it is not always easy to tell whether you have been illegally discriminated against. However, if you have recently experienced an adverse employment action and suspect that it is because you are in a legally protected class, you may have an employment discrimination claim. Under California and federal law, employers may not discriminate based on:
If you believe that you are the victim of discrimination, you should thoroughly document each instance, as this evidence may be useful when filing a discrimination complaint or lawsuit.
Think Your Discrimination Is Illegal? Call Me.
Illegal employment discrimination is not always clear-cut. As a result, if you think that you have been a victim of discrimination, contact my law office for a free evaluation. After reviewing your claim, I will advise you further on your rights under the law and protect your interests throughout the process.