Discrimination on account of a person's race, age, disability, gender, pregnancy, national origin or sexual orientation is illegal in California. Furthermore, employers cannot retaliate or terminate employees who report instances of discrimination in the workplace.
If you have been the victim of workplace discrimination, I can help you. In more than 20 years as an employment law attorney, I have obtained numerous successful results on behalf of thousands of employees in Los Angeles, Ventura and throughout the San Fernando Valley.
I assist clients who have either been the victims of the following types of discrimination or suffered retaliation for reporting it.
Using race as the basis for making employment decisions is illegal by both state and federal standards. Moreover, employers that tolerate racial discrimination and harassment can be held legally responsible for allowing such behavior to occur.
National Origin Discrimination
Similar to racial discrimination, national origin discrimination occurs when a person's home country, ancestry or culture forms the basis of discriminatory actions on the part of his or her employer.
The federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and California's own Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) protect qualified employees with disabilities against discrimination. Under these laws, employers must provide reasonable accommodations for such employees who can perform the essential functions of a position.
California has unique laws above and beyond federal law that protect women's rights to pregnancy leave. These laws require that employers treat pregnant women the same as other employees for all employment purposes, including benefits such as reasonable pregnancy leave.
Sometimes older employees become victims of discrimination in hiring or receiving other job benefits. The federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) and FEHA protect the rights of workers 40 and older from discrimination based on their age.
Sexual Orientation Discrimination
While there are currently no federal laws governing discrimination based on sexual orientation or affiliation, California law specifically protects heterosexuals, homosexuals (gays and lesbians) and bisexuals from sexual orientation discrimination. It further protects transsexuals and transgender persons from discrimination.
Contact The Kaufman Law Firm
If you have experienced workplace discrimination, contact me, employment lawyer Matthew A. Kaufman, by calling 818-305-6457 or 866-278-2385 toll free for a free initial consultation. I have offices in Westlake Village and Los Angeles. Se habla español.