Discrimination is an unfortunate workplace reality that can devastate an employee’s career, financial stability, and emotional well-being. Employment discrimination can also make an employee feel powerless. The good news is that under California and federal law, employees have legal rights that allow them to pursue justice.
If you believe you’ve experienced employment discrimination, the Glendale employment discrimination lawyers at King & Siegel LLP are here to help. Our team specializes in representing employees who have suffered workplace discrimination and are skilled at evaluating and litigating an employer’s bad behavior. We pride ourselves on holding employers accountable and will fight to ensure you receive fair treatment and just compensation.
What Is Employment Discrimination?
Employment discrimination is when an employer mistreats an employee or job applicant based on specific protected characteristics, such as race, sex, age, or disability. Unfair treatment can occur in every area of employment, from hiring and promotions to terms and conditions of employment, wages, benefits, and terminations. In California, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) enforce state and federal laws that protect workplace fairness and prohibit discrimination based on protected characteristics.
If you believe you are being discriminated against in the workplace, King & Siegel LLP welcomes you to call our legal team today at (213) 465-4802 for a free review of your case.
What Are Examples of Discrimination Claims?
Workplace discrimination can take on many forms. While we hope you never need employment discrimination representation, the following are just a few examples of employment discrimination claims the Glendale employment discrimination attorneys at King & Siegel handle.
Racial discrimination is when an employer treats an employee unfavorably based on race or color. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits racial discrimination in the workplace, including blatant acts of discrimination, as well as subtler forms, such as racial slurs, derogatory comments, or a hostile work environment. Firing or refusing to hire an employee based on race is a clear-cut case of racial discrimination.
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act prohibits religious discrimination and requires employers to make reasonable accommodations for an employee’s religious practices. Examples include refusing time off for religious observances or not allowing employees to wear religious attire.
Gender discrimination occurs when an employer mistreats an employee based on their gender, whether the employee is male, female, or non-binary. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act prohibits gender discrimination in the workplace, which can include sexual harassment or a hostile work environment based on gender. Paying employees of different genders different wages for the same job is an example of gender discrimination.
Sexual Orientation Discrimination
The Supreme Court has ruled that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act also covers sexual orientation discrimination under the category of gender discrimination. When an employer mistreats an employee based on their sex or sexual orientation—whether the employee is gay, lesbian, bisexual, or heterosexual—it is considered sexual orientation discrimination.
Age discrimination occurs when an employer mistreats an employee because of their age. The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) protects employees who are 40 years or older from discrimination in hiring, promotions, wages, benefits, and other terms and conditions of employment.
Disability discrimination is when an employer mistreats an employee because of their disability, history of disability, or perceived disability. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits disability discrimination and requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations to employees with disabilities unless doing so would cause undue hardship.
The Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) is an amendment to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. The PDA prohibits discrimination based on pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions. It also protects employees who have recently given birth.
At King & Siegel, our compassionate Glendale employment discrimination lawyers are well-versed in discrimination laws. Our advocates are here to ensure that employees treat their employees fairly, regardless of gender, race, religion, age, color, disability, or pregnancy status. We have extensive knowledge of state and federal equal opportunity laws and can provide you with the guidance and representation you need to protect your rights.
Do I Need an Employment Discrimination Attorney?
Discrimination claims can be challenging to prove, so working with an experienced employment lawyer who can evaluate your claim, explain your rights, and help you build a strong case is essential. Since you typically need to file a complaint with the appropriate government agency before filing a lawsuit, an employment discrimination lawyer can also help you prepare and submit your complaint. Moreover, a workplace discrimination attorney can help you navigate the legal process by:
- Collecting evidence,
- Negotiating with your employer to try and resolve the issue without going to court,
- Helping you reach a fair settlement that addresses your grievances and compensates you for damages,
- Representing you in court if your case doesn’t settle,
- Maximizing your compensation by pursuing various remedies, and
- Providing peace of mind and valuable emotional support and guidance.
Because employment discrimination attorneys have in-depth knowledge of federal, state, and local laws, working with one will increase your chances of obtaining a favorable outcome and ensuring your rights are protected overall.
Our Glendale Employment Discrimination Attorneys at King & Siegel Can Help
At King & Siegel, our experienced employment discrimination advocates can help you seek justice for the discrimination you experienced. We fight for people dealing with wrongdoing in the workplace throughout Glendale, California, and we will stand by your side from start to finish. We’ve recovered millions in settlements for our clients and maintain a proven record of success in handling the most challenging employment law cases. If your employer violated your rights, let us help you obtain the compensation and justice you deserve. Call us today or contact us online; we offer free, 30-minute consultations, and you pay only if you win!