Federal law strictly forbids employers from discriminating against employees based on specific protected characteristics. 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. Consulting an experienced Los Angeles discrimination attorney is the best way to protect your rights since there is only a limited amount of time to file your claim.
Over more than 20 years, Los Angeles discrimination attorney Matthew A. Kaufman has obtained numerous successful results on behalf of thousands of employees in Los Angeles. He assists clients who have either been the victims of workplace discrimination or suffered retaliation for reporting it. Our most common practice areas include:
We can turn to two places to highlight the protections afforded to workers. These protections come at both the state and the federal level. When we look to the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), it is clear that the types of discrimination listed above have no place in any work area throughout the United States.
Additionally, we can look to the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), which shows us that state law mostly mirrors federal law but also offers additional protections to workers. State law is where we find protections for individuals against discrimination based on their sexual orientation. California law also extends protections to individuals based on their gender identity or gender expression. Taking this further, the law in California will protect individuals based on their marital status.
There are various deadlines that employees who face discrimination in the workplace need to be aware of. Most claimants in these cases will seek relief under federal law, in which case their complaint will need to be filed with the EEOC within 300 days from the date of the last alleged unlawful active discrimination. After the complaint has been filed with the EEOC, and if the agency does not offer a satisfactory solution, the claimant can request a “Right-to-Sue” letter from the agency, after which they will have 90 days to file a lawsuit in federal court.
There are other deadlines in place regarding complaints filed only at the state level, so please reach out to our Los Angeles employment discrimination attorneys for help determining the best step forward for your case.
In Los Angeles, workers who experience discrimination, retaliation, or wrongful termination may be entitled to various types of compensation if their claim is successful. At the Kaufman Law Firm, our Los Angeles workplace discrimination attorneys are regularly able to help our clients recover the following:
The total amount of compensation available in these cases will vary depending on the facts related to each particular situation. Our employment discrimination lawyers in Los Angeles will work diligently to investigate the claim and ensure that our clients are properly compensated.
When it comes to discrimination in the workplace, The Kaufman Law Firm has over two decades of experience protecting as well as enforcing the rights of many employees throughout Los Angeles and the surrounding cities. We offer strong advocacy and expert legal counsel to employees in a variety of discrimination claims, no matter how complex these cases may be. We listen to your concerns and advise the best course of action for your specific circumstances.
If you have experienced workplace discrimination, contact Los Angeles discrimination attorney Matthew A. Kaufman for an assessment of your discrimination claim. We are conveniently located to represent clients throughout Southern California. The first consultation is free of charge.
Your job is more than just a source of income. It is a major part of your lifestyle. If you have been the victim of wrongful termination, wrongful demotion or any kind of discriminatory business practices, it is time to take action and contact a Ventura employment law attorney that can help. Attorney Matthew A. Kaufman and the team at The Kaufman Law Firm bring experience and a vast arsenal of legal resources to help clients recover the money they deserve.
To learn more, contact our Westlake Village or Los Angeles law office today and schedule a free initial consultation to discuss your case.