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California Workplace Discrimination Attorney

Feeling like you’re the victim of workplace discrimination can be a daunting and confusing experience.

If you think you may have been the victim of workplace discrimination, it’s important to understand your rights, what options are available to you, and what possible monetary damages you may be entitled to.

Your suffering deserves to be compensated, and there are legal options available to you.

Below you will find information on workplace discrimination in California, including what it is, how to tell if you’ve been a victim of workplace discrimination, and what you can do about it.

IMPORTANT: The best way to tell if you’ve been the victim of workplace discrimination is to speak with a California workplace discrimination attorneyAn employment lawyer can evaluate your individual situation and advise you on the best course of action.

At Eldessouky Law, we are passionate about fighting for the rights of employees who have been wrongfully treated in the workplace. Based in California, our team of knowledgeable and experienced discrimination lawyers are here to help you every step of the way.

We understand that it is difficult to go through the process of filing a discrimination claim. Our law firm has the experience necessary to help you build a strong case and get the compensation you deserve. We have the experience, knowledge and resources to aggressively and effectively resolve your case.

In addition, we are also experienced trial attorneys. This means that if your case goes to court, we will be ready to fight for you and get you the justice you deserve.

If you have questions about your rights as an employee in California or wish to discuss your case confidentially with one of our experienced employment attorneys, contact our office at 714-409-8991 or fill out one of our contact forms online.

What is Workplace Discrimination in California?

According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), workplace discrimination is defined as “treating a person differently, or less favorably, for some reason.” Discrimination can occur almost anywhere in the workplace, from job interviews and promotions, to pay and benefits.

An employee can be discriminated against by school friends, teachers, coaches, co-workers, managers, or business owners.

In California, discrimination in the workplace is governed by both state and federal laws. The main law that prohibits discrimination in California is the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA).

How to Tell if You’ve Been a Victim of Workplace Discrimination

There are many signs that you may be a victim of workplace discrimination. If you have experienced any of the following, you may have a workplace discrimination claim:

  • You were treated differently than other employees who are not in the same protected class
  • You were passed over for a promotion or job opportunity that you were qualified for
  • You were demoted or had your hours reduced
  • You were paid less than other employees who are not in the same protected class
  • You were harassed or subjected to offensive comments or jokes based on your protected class
  • You were retaliated against for reporting discrimination or participating in an investigation

If you have experienced any of the above, it’s important to speak with an experienced workplace discrimination attorney as soon as possible. An employment lawyer can review your individual case and advise you on the best course of action.

Proving Discrimination in California Against an Employer

Although every case and situation is different, there are some general things that you will need to prove in order to have a successful workplace discrimination claim against an employer in California.

Employees who are considering making a discrimination claims should take the following into consideration:

  1. If you want to file a claim for discrimination, you must first provide evidence that you were treated unfairly at work because of you are a member of a protected class. Protected classes include factors like age, sex, race, disability, religion and sexual orientation.
  2. To make a discrimination claim, you must be able to show that you are a member of a protected class and that you were treated adversely because of it. For example, even if you are over the age of 40, you cannot make a discrimination claim if you were not actually treated differently than a younger coworker. The important part is that you were actually treated differently, and that the difference in treatment was because of your membership in a protected class.
  3. The burden of proof in a California discrimination case is on the employee claiming discrimination. This means that your employer doesn’t have to prove that they didn’t discriminate against you, you have to prove that they did.
  4. Your claims of discrimination must be sufficient to prove discrimination. It’s important to note that your employer lying to you is not considered the same as discrimination. If your employer has lied to you in combination with other evidence, it may be helpful in proving discrimination, but it is not sufficient on its own. You will need to prove that the employer actually knew about the discrimination and choose to do nothing about it.
  5. How other coworkers and employees from the same organization that you belonged or belong to have been treated can be helpful in proving discrimination. If you are the only person who was treated a certain way, it may be more difficult to prove discrimination occurred.

If you want to make a claim for discrimination under California law, you should strongly consider speaking with a California employment lawyer who has experience handling these types of cases.

An experienced workplace discrimination attorney can help you gather the necessary evidence to prove your case and will fight for your rights every step of the way.

Why Should you Hire a California Workplace Discrimination Lawyer?

While handling a legal issue by yourself is possible, it’s not always in your best interest. It may feel like you are saving money by not hiring a lawyer and trying to do things on your own, but in the long run it will probably cost you more. In addition, many California employment law firms are experienced in handling discrimination cases and will often take them on a contingency basis, which means you don’t have to pay any upfront fees.

California employment law is a complex and ever-changing area of law.

Due to this, having an advocate with extensive knowledge and experience in this area can be invaluable.

An experienced workplace discrimination lawyer will know how to investigate your claim, build a strong case, and negotiate with the other party on your behalf.

IMPORTANT: The truth is, by not hiring an experienced workplace discrimination attorney, you may be putting yourself at a disadvantage. If you have a legitimate concern with discrimination in the workplace, don’t delay in seeking legal assistance.

How Long do I Have to File a Claim for Workplace Discrimination in California?

The statute of limitations, or the amount of time you have to file a claim, is different for every type of employment law violation.

IMPORTANT: Time is of the essence when it comes to discrimination cases. There are deadlines that must be met, and if you wait too long, your case may be dismissed entirely.

In California, the statute of limitations for filing a discrimination claim with the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) is three year from the date of the last discriminatory act.

This means that if you believe you have been discriminated against, you must file a claim with the DFEH within one year of the most recent incident.

If you don’t file a claim with the DFEH within this time frame, you will be barred from doing so and will not be able to seek relief through the courts.

After the DFEH issues a Right to Sue Notice, the claimant has one additional year to file a lawsuit under FEHA in civil court.

Why Choose Eldessouky Law for Your Workplace Discrimination Case?

The attorneys at Eldessouky Law have experience handling all types of workplace discrimination cases in California. We understand the complex laws and procedures involved in these cases and will fight tirelessly to get you the justice and compensation you deserve.

When your rights have been violated, you need an experienced advocate on your side. The employment lawyers at Eldessouky Law are here to help. We have a long track record of success in handling a wide variety of employment law matters, and we are ready to put our experience to work for you.

We understand that it is difficult to go through the process of filing a discrimination claim. Our law firm has the experience necessary to help you build a strong case and get the compensation you deserve. We have the experience, knowledge and resources to aggressively and effectively resolve your case.

In addition, we are also experienced trial attorneys. This means that if your case goes to court, we will be ready to fight for you and get you the justice you deserve.

In addition, we handle cases on a contingency basis, which means you don’t have to pay any upfront fees. We only get paid if we recover compensation for you.

Schedule a Free Consultation with a California Workplace Discrimination Attorney

If you believe you have been the victim of workplace discrimination, don’t hesitate to contact Eldessouky Law today. We offer a free, no-obligation consultation to discuss your case and answer any questions you may have. We will evaluate your claim and let you know what options are available to you.

There is no charge for the initial consultation, and you are under no obligation. You can contact our office by either calling 714-409-8991 or by filling out one of our online contact forms.

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