California protects employees against discrimination based on protected factors, such as race, sexual orientation, gender, and more. Employment discrimination can be more challenging to identify that someone might imagine; however, as many employees allege discrimination when conduct does not qualify as such under the law. Any employee who believes they suffered unlawful discrimination at work should schedule a consultation with the Alameda County employment discrimination lawyers at Minnis & Smallets, LLP, to discuss a possible case.
The law prohibits employers from treating a job applicant or current employee in an unfavorable manner based on a protected characteristic or status. When an employer takes adverse employment action against someone or allows harassment to occur because of certain factors, it might constitute unlawful employment discrimination. Some protected factors include:
Employees who are members of a protected class who experience an adverse employment action as a result of discrimination should discuss their rights with an experienced Alameda County employment discrimination lawyer.
Many employment discrimination cases involve distinct adverse employment action. This can include any of the following:
Some employment discrimination cases can involve allowing the harassment of a protected employee or treating protected employees differently than others. Employers might also have policies in place that have an unfair effect on protected employees, or companies may refuse to make reasonable accommodations for an employee’s disability or religious beliefs.
Each employment discrimination case is different, and sometimes, it can be difficult to know whether an employer violated an employee’s rights under the law. Employees should allow a member of our legal team to evaluate the situation and identify legal options.
Many employees are hesitant to complain of discrimination because they fear their employer will retaliate against them. It is important to recognize that the law also protects employees from retaliation for exercising their rights to complain of discrimination. It is unlawful for employers to take adverse employment action against an employee due to such a complaint, and employees have important rights if this occurs.
Employees should consider reporting the discrimination to their employers, in writing when possible. Employers will often deny that actions were discriminatory, which can be frustrating; however, in many cases, it is still important for the employee to raise a concern if they feel like they are being discriminated against or harassed. Employees should consult with an employment attorney to review their options, ranging from reporting the harassment or discrimination to preserving their claims on the state level with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) or on the federal level with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
At Minnis & Smallets, LLP, we help employees recover after their rights have been violated. Please contact our Alameda County discrimination lawyers right away for help.