Both federal and state laws protect employees from unlawful work discrimination. The law carefully defines discrimination, and it can be difficult to know if your employer violated your rights or not. If you believe that you might have been the subject of unlawful discrimination, it is important to have a San Francisco employment discrimination lawyer evaluate what happened right away.
Employers treat employees unfairly for many reasons, some of which are legal and some of which violate the law. The law prohibits discrimination in work environments based on certain protected characteristics, which, in California, are as follows:
Employers cannot take adverse employment actions based on any of these characteristics. Adverse employment actions can include:
An employee is subjected to discrimination if the employee is a member of a protected class and experiences an adverse action at work based on the protected characteristic. Just because something seems unfair at work does not mean that it is against the law. An employment attorney in San Francisco can advise you whether you have rights under anti-discrimination laws.
If you believe that your employer unlawfully discriminated against you, it can be difficult to know what to do. Even if you know your employer violated the law, how do you protect your rights? The first step might be to report the conduct to your employer if you feel comfortable doing so. Filing a written complaint with human resources can put them on proper notice that unlawful conduct occurred, and they have the opportunity to remedy the situation. Your employer is prohibited by law from retaliating against you because you complained of possible discrimination. If your employer fails to address the matter or retaliates against you, it is time to speak with an employment lawyer you can trust.
In some situations, you might not feel like you are able to report discriminatory conduct to your employer. In this case, you should contact a San Francisco employment discrimination attorney directly. We can assist you with filing discrimination claims with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) at the federal level or the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH). You only have a limited time to file these claims, so you should call right away.
If you experienced discrimination at work, you want the law firm of Minnis & Smallets LLP on your side. Contact us to learn how we can protect your rights.