Have you experienced discrimination of any kind at your workplace? If so, you may be entitled to compensation for financial and emotional damages resulting from your ill-treatment. However, the employer may try to justify their action against you on a non-discriminatory reason in order to invalidate your claim. Only an experienced employment discrimination law firm can help you bring the truth to light and the employer to justice.
Call Wilshire Law Firm at (213) 805-8549 for reliable counsel and aggressive representation. Our top employment lawyers can guide you through the complex procedures associated with this type of claim and towards a positive case outcome. To receive a comprehensive review of your rights and best legal options, contact our office now.
What Are the Employment Discrimination Laws?
Both Federal and state laws prohibit private persons, organizations or governments from discriminating against people because of certain “protected characteristics.” In employment, protections for individuals from discrimination are provided under the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII), the Americans with Disabilities in Employment Act, and other federal and state laws.
- Both the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 and the Older Worker’s Benefits Protection Act of 1990 prohibits age discrimination in the workplace.
- The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 prohibits discrimination based on a person’s disability.
- The Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII) prohibits employers from discriminating against employees on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, and religion.
- The Equal Pay Act of 1963 prohibits wage disparity based on sex.
- The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 makes it illegal for employers to discriminate with respect to hiring, firing, or recruitment or referral for a fee, based on an individual’s citizenship or immigration status.
- The Notification and Federal Employee Antidiscrimination and Retaliation Act of 2002 seeks to discourage federal managers and supervisors from engaging in unlawful discrimination and retaliation.
- The Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978 prohibits discrimination on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions.
What Are the Different Types of Workplace Discrimination?
Depending on the circumstances surrounding your case, your discrimination claim may be based on one or more of the following factors:
- Discriminatory Intent – You suffered adverse actions by your employer, e.g. demotion and termination, because of a protected characteristic.
- Disparate Impact – An employment policy, rule or practice had a disproportionate adverse effect on you and other members of a protected class.
- Retaliation – Your employer punished you for engaging in legally protected activity, like making a complaint about discrimination.
How Can I Prove My Employment Discrimination Claim?
Most employers know that employment decisions cannot be based on race or sex or any other protected characteristic. They are well aware of discrimination laws and the consequences of violating those laws. For this reason, when workplace discrimination does happen, it is often discreet. Therefore, most discrimination cases turn on circumstantial evidence.
Circumstantial evidence can be used to show discrepancies between what the employer claims happened and his or her true, illegal motives. Here are some common scenarios of discrimination where circumstantial evidence may act as the crux of the victim’s case:
- Other employees engaged in similar conduct but were not treated similarly.
- The employer’s stated reason for the employment action is false.
- The company failed to follow its own policies concerning investigations into alleged misconduct.
Fighting On Behalf of Workers in California
As an employee, you have rights, including the right to fair and equal treatment at work. If your employer has violated your rights, don’t tolerate such unjust treatment. Take aggressive legal action with help from Wilshire Law Firm. Call us today at (213) 805-8549 for more information about what our firm can do for you.