Discrimination in the workplace is not acceptable under any circumstances. If you have been passed over, terminated, or otherwise mistreated based on your age, race, gender, sex, or any other personal characteristic, you should speak with an attorney about asserting your legal rights.
As an employee in California, you have the right to apply for jobs and go to work without fear that you will be judged based on factors other than your professional qualifications. You have the right to equal treatment in the workplace, and you have the right not to be terminated for any discriminatory reason. Any violation of these rights constitutes workplace discrimination, and is grounds for you to seek legal remedies under California or federal law.
At Custis Law, P.C., we represent individuals who have experienced all forms of workplace discrimination. Whether you were denied employment, denied a promotion, assigned to unequal working conditions, or wrongfully terminated on a discriminatory basis, we can help. California law prohibits employers from discriminating because of your race, religion, age (if 40 or over), gender, sexual orientation and for several other protected reasons.
If you believe you have been discriminated against at work because of your race, religion, age (if 40 or over), gender, sexual orientation or for another protected reason, contact a Los Angeles discrimination attorney at Custis Law, P.C. online or at (213) 863-4276 for a free, confidential consultation. You may be entitled to compensation. We will evaluate your claim, explain the discrimination laws and your legal options and help you obtain the justice you deserve.
We handle employment discrimination cases on a contingency basis. If we take your case, we advance all costs and charge you nothing unless and until we win.
If you have been a victim of workplace discrimination, contact Custis Law, P.C. today for a free consultation.
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Types of Workplace Discrimination You Might Face in California
Workplace discrimination generally occurs in two ways.
Disparate treatment. Disparate treatment (or intentional discrimination) occurs where an employer intentionally and deliberately takes an negative employment action—like firing or failing to hire you—against you because you have a personal characteristic, or are a member of a group, that is protected by federal and California law. This is the most common form of discrimination.
Disparate impact. Disparate impact discrimination occurs when an employer’s policy or practice that appears to be neutral results in a disproportionate negative impact on a protected group. For example, a policy that requires job applicants to lift 200 lbs for a job that does not require such strength appears to be neutral with respect to gender, age and disability. This lifting policy, however, would disproportionately exclude applicants who are female, older and/or disabled from the hiring process. A neutral policy that gives rise to a disparate impact claim could be intentional or unintentional.
Whether intentional or unintentional, workplace discrimination can take many forms. Some are clear and some are subtle. If an employer has taken any of the following actions against you because of your protected characteristic, or status in a protected group, the employer is violating the law:
- Firing an employee because of the employee’s status in a protected class.
- Refusing to hire an applicant because of the applicant’s status in a protected class.
- Failing to promote qualified employees but promoting others.
- Applying different standards to applicants or employees.
- Demoting and decreasing an employee’s compensation.
- Denying training opportunities to some but not all employees.
- Failing to provide reasonable accommodations for a worker’s religion and religious practices.
- Failing to provide reasonable accommodations for a worker with disabilities.
- Providing less compensation to an employee because of gender, race or ethnicity than employees of a different gender, race or ethnicity for substantially the same job.
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