California law and federal law prohibit employers from discriminating, harassing, or retaliating against employees based on their religion, gender, race, pregnancy, sexual orientation, for whistleblowing and for other such protected activities.
Unfortunately, this discrimination, harassment and/or retaliation is commonplace.
If you have been subject to discrimination, harassment, or retaliation by your employer, you may be able to file a claim or lawsuit against them. However, this can be a complex and confusing process if you are unfamiliar with the details and nuances it involves.
A Los Angeles workplace discrimination and employment law attorney at the Rager Law Firm will gladly answer any questions you may have about this topic when reviewing your case. For example, one element of these cases we will happily explain in greater detail is the Right to Sue letter.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is a federal agency that serves to enforce federal employment discrimination laws. If someone believes they have been the victim of this discrimination, harassment and/or retaliation in the workplace, before they have the right to file a lawsuit against an employer or former employer, they must first file an initial complaint with the EEOC or the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) .
A Los Angeles employment law attorney at our firm can assist you with this process if necessary. We can also ensure that you file any additional complaints with other agencies that may be required under California law, as both federal and state laws govern workplace discrimination issues.
The EEOC and/or DFEH will typically launch an investigation once a claim has been filed. The EEOC may also attempt to get you and your employer to resolve your dispute via mediation.
What happens next can vary depending upon the findings of the DFEH and/or EEOC’s investigator. In some instances, the investigator will determine that an employee’s complaint does not have any merit. When this occurs, the EEOC will typically issue a Dismissal and Notice of Rights letter to the employee who filed the complaint. The DFEH will issue what is called a Right to Sue Letter.
However, even if you receive such a letter, that does not mean you don’t have the right to file a lawsuit against your employer. You must simply do so quickly. The statute of limitations may be trick so you must coordinate with a Los Angeles employment law firm as soon as possible to ensure the lawsuit is filed in a timely manner.
Don’t wait to act if you receive a Right to Sue letter. A Los Angeles employment law attorney at the Rager Law Firm is prepared to help you meet critical deadlines. They will also provide the representation you deserve when holding a discriminatory employer accountable. Learn more about how we can help by contacting us online or calling us at 310-527-6994 to schedule a free consultation.