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Workplace Discrimination

Are you the victim of workplace discrimination? Discrimination can take on many forms and occurs when an employer treats an employee differently or less favorably for various reasons.

Discrimination Laws

According to federal law, employers are prohibited from discriminating against an employee because of their race, sex, religion, national origin, age, and disability status. These provisions also extend to color, gender identity, pregnancy, and sexual orientation. 

The Civil Rights Department of California is responsible for enforcing state laws related to discrimination, including The Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), which applies to private employers, labor organizations, and employment agencies. The applicable laws under FEHA prohibit any employer of 5 or more employees from discriminating against job applicants and employees because of a protected category. These laws also forbid any sort of relation against employees if they have asserted their rights under the law or filed a complaint.

What does Discrimination Look Like?

While discrimination is often apparent and easy to spot, there are many instances in which it takes a more subtle form. Our team at Kohanchi Law is here to help you identify if you’ve been a victim and craft an individualized legal course of action on your behalf.

California discrimination laws apply to the following:

  • Advertisements
  • Applications, screening, and interviews
  • Hiring, transferring, promoting, terminating, or separating employees
  • Working conditions, including pay
  • Training and apprenticeship programs
 

The easiest way to identify discrimination is to determine the root cause of any employment action. If it can be linked directly to one of the above categories or activities, there may be a case for a discrimination violation.

Experiencing Discrimination as an Employee

The negative impacts of workplace discrimination may severely affect an employee’s ambition and dignity. If you believe you’ve fallen victim to discrimination, consider your options and any legal ramifications that might follow. 

While resignation may seem the most obvious solution to such perceived threats, voluntary resignation may weaken your case from a legal perspective.

 It is imperative to maintain your calmness and continue your duties and responsibilities in spite of the growing tensions. This will minimize the odds of any legitimate reasons for your termination.

Document your experiences

Document your experiences pertaining to discrimination, providing specific details about each situation. List the parties involved and describe what happened with dates, times, and locations. If possible, include any witness information.

Contact an Attorney

Kohanchi Law advocates for those who have suffered workplace discrimination. If your employer has fired, punished, or demoted you, or a potential employer has denied you an employment opportunity, contact us and Schedule a Free Consultation.

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