Every California employee has the right to a workplace that is free from harassment and discrimination. But despite the existence of laws designed to protect individuals from dealing with this type of mistreatment in the workplace, discrimination still happens.
If you experienced
Common types of discrimination in the workplace
Discrimination is not always clear-cut. You may be unsure if what you experienced qualifies as discrimination or if you should move forward with legal action. There are various ways that a person could experience discrimination that is legally actionable, including:
- National origin
- Sexual orientation
Discrimination involving any of the above is not only unacceptable, it is illegal. Mistreatment due to your membership in a protected class is valid grounds to take legal action against your employer and any other responsible parties.
Experiencing mistreatment at work
Discrimination can happen multiple ways in the workplace. Some ways are quite obvious, and others are more subtle. In fact, you may be unsure if you are actually a victim or not. You could have an actionable claim if any of the following occurred:
- Passed over for a deserved promotion
- Fired due to age
- Fired after filing a workers’ compensation claim
- Demotion or reassignment following pregnancy
- No reasonable accommodations made for your disability or medical condition
When you fight back against unfair treatment at your work, not only can you fight for your individual rights, but you may also have a valid claim to financial damages because of what you suffered.
How you can fight back
You should not have to tolerate illegal employment practices in your workplace. You will find great benefit in reaching out to an experienced attorney to learn more about your legal options. As a victim of workplace discrimination, you have the right to pursue compensation for what you experienced. And by taking action you may prevent this type of mistreatment from happening to others in your workplace.
When it comes to building a strong claim and navigating the complications of the legal process, experience matters. When you have the support of an experienced legal ally, you do not have to face it alone.