Discrimination in any setting or event is wrong. It is hurtful, unfair, and illegal, especially in the workplace. Discrimination is especially harmful in the workplace because impacts a person’s employment status and ability to be financially successful. Most of us need a job to provide for our dependents and ourselves and when your job is in jeopardy because you have been discriminated against, you need to speak with a Glendale discrimination attorney who can help you seek recompense for the damages you have suffered.
In general, certain classes of people are protected by federal and California law, which provide that those particular classes are protected from workplace discrimination. This means that an employer may not engage in conduct that negatively impacts a person’s employment for the sole reason that the employee is a member of a protected class. For example, pregnancy is a protected class and it would therefore be illegal to fire an employee because that employee becomes pregnant. Actions that negatively impact someone’s employment include:
In California, protected classes include, but are not limited to: race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, physical disability, mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, ancestry, medical condition, marital status, age, genetic information, and military or veteran status.
Recovery in discrimination cases is not limited to financial recovery. In some cases, it may include ordering an employer to take specific actions to rectify their wrongful conduct and damages suffered by the employee. Recovery options may not be the same when you bring a federal employment claim vs. a state employment claim. See below for recovery options that may be available in your case depending on your facts and the type of claim you bring.
No one should have to suffer through the humiliation and distress caused by an employer’s discrimination. If you believe you might be a victim of workplace discrimination, contact a Glendale discrimination attorney at The Rager Law Firm to go over the facts of your case. Our discrimination attorneys will look at your employer’s conduct and damages you suffered as a result and work to see that you ultimately receive the settlement or jury award that you deserve.
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