Nobody should have to worry about being discriminated against in any way in the workplace. However, there are various types of discrimination that can happen to an employee. This type of behavior in the workplace creates a hostile work environment and it could have severe economic, emotional, and psychological impacts on a victim. At The Rager Law Firm, our Long Beach workplace discrimination attorneys are here to help victims seek compensation for what has happened to them.
Federal and state laws protect workers from discrimination
We can turn to two places to learn about what types of discrimination are illegal in the workplace. First, we want to look at federal protections. Turning to the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), we can see that federal law prohibits a person from being discriminated against in the workplace due to the following:
The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), shows us that state law mirrors federal law but also offers wider protections. The law in California also prohibits a person from being discriminated against based on their sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. State law also protects a person from facing discrimination based on their marital status.
There are various ways that a person can face discrimination in the workplace. This discrimination can start before a person even gets a job and is still an applicant. It is important to understand that discriminatory hiring practices (screening employees due to their “undesirable qualities”) are illegal. Other ways in which discrimination can affect an employee include:
Wages and benefits
Firing and layoffs
During the latest reporting year in the United States, the EEOC brought more than 72,000 total charges against employers in this country for discrimination. Unfortunately, this number has been declining for the last several years. However, that does not mean victims of discrimination in the workplace should allow employers to get away with what happened. At The Rager Law Firm, our workplace discrimination attorneys are dedicated to helping victims.
We understand that these cases often require extensive investigation because supervisors and employers will not readily admit their discriminatory practices. Working through the court system, our attorneys obtain the evidence necessary to prove you have been discriminated against.
Our team is ready to help you today
If you or somebody you love has faced discrimination in the workplace, contact an attorney as soon as possible. At The Rager Law Firm, we are going to investigate your case and work to secure any compensation you may be entitled to. This can include:
Recovery of any lost wages
Court costs and legal fees
Pain and suffering damages
Possible punitive damages against the employer
Possible reinstatement to your job (if applicable)