San Francisco Employment Discrimination Lawyer

San Francisco Employment Discrimination Lawyer

San Francisco Employment Discrimination Lawyer

Protecting the Rights of San Francisco Employees Who Experience Unlawful Discrimination at Work

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. 

What constitutes unlawful employment discrimination?

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: 

  • Race and color
  • National origin and ancestry
  • Religion
  • Age for employees over age 40
  • Physical or mental disabilities
  • Genetic information
  • Medical conditions
  • Sex 
  • Pregnancy and childbirth
  • Marital status
  • Sexual orientation
  • Gender, gender expression, gender identity
  • Criminal convictions
  • Veteran or military status

Employers cannot take adverse employment actions based on any of these characteristics. Adverse employment actions can include:

  • Refusal to hire or interview an applicant
  • Unfavorable transfers or job assignments
  • Pay or hour reduction
  • Denial of a deserved promotion or pay raise
  • Firing or termination
  • Constructive discharge, which means an employee has to quit due to intolerable work conditions
  • Any other employment decision that inhibits advancement or career opportunities

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. 

What to do if you suffered unlawful discrimination 

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.

Contact a San Francisco Employment Discrimination Lawyer for the Help You Need

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.


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