Discrimination is a broad term that is used to describe conduct that treats a particular person, group or class of individuals unequally and disadvantageously. Numerous forms of discrimination exist within the workplace and they are all illegal under California and federal law. It is important to understand that everyone has the fundamental right to work and that this right is protected. At Fernandez & Lauby, we vigorously represent clients who have been victims of workplace discrimination and harassment. If you feel that you experienced discriminatory conduct at your place of employment, contact Fernandez & Lauby at 888-959-8508 for a free consultation.
Types of Workplace Discrimination:
Discriminatory conduct may occur in various ways, including, but not limited to, the following:
- Age discrimination - employees may be terminated or treated adversely, solely due of their age
- Racial discrimination - it is illegal to treat an employee differently due to their racial background or skin color
- Disability discrimination - employees with disabilities are protected under federal and state law
- Sexual harassment - employees must be treated equally, not based on their sexual preference
Discrimination and Harassment in the Workplace:
Workplace harassment is offensive, intimidating conduct that targets one or more persons. Workplace harassment is illegal under the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as well as under California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). The following is illegal:
- Pregnancy discrimination - pregnant workers are protected and may not be fired because of pregnancy
- Retaliation - employees have various rights and employers may not retaliate if the employee chooses to take a stand that is in disagreement with the employer’s position
- 40 and over - this age group is known as a protected class and discrimination is prohibited (e.g., firing employee because of age).
- Other - ask your attorney
Contact an Inland Empire Employment Attorney for a Complimentary Consultation:
If you feel you have been discriminated against at your place of work, it is advisable to contact an experienced and knowledgeable employment attorney to preserve your rights and discuss your options. The attorneys at Fernandez & Lauby, LLP, offer a complimentary case review that can take place over the phone or in person at their offices. The consultation is confidential and there are no conditions attached. With contingency cases there are no fees unless we resolve your case by settlement, court award, verdict or judgment. To schedule your appointment, contact Fernandez & Lauby at 888-959-8508.