Workplace discrimination is prohibited by state and federal law. It can be defined as any adverse action taken against an individual due to a characteristic like his or her race, sex, or national origin. When workplace discrimination occurs, the targeted victim is not the only party who suffers. Others in the workplace can become accustomed to the discriminatory behaviors and become complacent, allowing new employees to be subjected to this type of treatment.
When an individual witnesses or experiences discrimination in the workplace, he or she has the right to complain to his employer about perceived mistreatment without being subject to retaliation. Anyone facing workplace discrimination due to a protected class characteristic is encouraged to consult with an experienced employment law attorney. There may be legal recourse and compensation available to those who have been subjected to unlawful discrimination practices in the workplace.
California law prohibits discrimination on the basis of:
Treating an employee unfairly based on one of the protected characteristics identified above may constitute discrimination. Examples of discrimination in the workplace include:
Discrimination can occur at any point in an individual’s relationship with a company: during recruitment, interviewing, the hiring process, the day-to-day performance of the job, promotion, or termination.
If you and your career have suffered because of the discrimination you faced in your workplace, an experienced employment lawyer may be able to help. To find out what we can do for you, contact the attorneys at Minnis & Smallets by calling us at 415-551-0885 or through our online contact form.