If you are a victim of discrimination in the workplace, the Los Angeles employment discrimination lawyers at Eldessouky Law are here to help. Under the laws enforced by the Civil Rights Department (CRD) & EEOC, it is illegal to discriminate against someone (applicant or employee).
Under California & federal law it is illegal for employees to be discriminated against based on a person’s:
- Sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation, and pregnancy),
- Marital Status,
- National Origin,
- Age (40 and older),
- or Genetic Information.
Our lawyers are experienced in handling discrimination cases and understand the importance of protecting you from workplace discrimination. Contact us today for a free consultation to discuss your legal options.
What is Employment Discrimination?
Employment discrimination is a form of unlawful discrimination that occurs when an employer treats existing or potential employees unfavorably due to any type of protected status. Under both federal and California law, employers are prohibited from discriminating against individuals based on race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, disability, marital status and/or genetic information.
Employment discrimination is illegal, and victims of discrimination may be able to pursue legal action against their employers.
If you believe you have been the victim of discrimination, contact our Los Angeles employment discrimination lawyers today for a free consultation to discuss your legal options.
At Eldessouky Law, we are committed to helping victims of discrimination seek justice and fair compensation for the damages they have endured. We understand the emotional toll that workplace discrimination can take on an individual, and we are here to fight for you. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you protect your rights.
Examples of Employment Discrimination Cases in Los Angeles
Employment discrimination can take many different forms. Sometimes actions against an employee can be obvious, while other times they can be more subtle and difficult to detect.
Examples of employment discrimination include unfair treatment, wrongful termination, workplace harassment, denial of a reasonable workplace change, improper questions about or disclosure of your genetic information or medical information, and employer retaliation.
Unfair treatment can be perpetrated by supervisors, co-workers or anyone else in the workplace. It can take many forms, such as verbal abuse and harassment, isolation from other employees, denial of promotions based on your protected status, or assigning unfair workloads.
Wrongful termination in California is when an employee is terminated in violation of state or federal laws. This can include termination based on a person’s gender, race, age, sexual orientation, disability or any other protected category.
Workplace harassment is a form of employment discrimination that involves unwanted and unwelcome comments, behavior, or actions based on a person’s protected status. It can include physical contact, sexual harassment, verbal abuse, written messages, or uncomfortable displays such as drawings or posters.
A hostile work environment can lead to serious psychological and emotional harm, as well as economic damage.
Denial of a Reasonable Workplace Change
Employers are legally required to make reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities or any other protected categories. This includes making changes to the workplace that would enable an individual to perform their job duties, such as providing accessible restrooms, wheelchair ramps, and other accommodations as needed.
Improper Questions About or Disclosure of Your Genetic Information or Medical Information
Under both state and federal law, employers are prohibited from asking job applicants questions about their genetic information or medical history. This includes requests for tests that can reveal the applicant’s genetic information.
Employer retaliation is when an employer takes any type of adverse action against an employee for filing a discrimination claim, engaging in protected activities related to discrimination, or otherwise speaking out against the employer’s discriminatory practices.
Can You Sue for Discrimination in Los Angeles?
Yes, you have the civil right to hold your employer accountable for violations of your rights on the basis of discrimination. In California, you can file a lawsuit against your employer for unlawful discrimination on the basis of your age, race, gender, disability, sexual orientation, or other protected categories.
Do you believe you have been the victim of discrimination in the workplace? Contact Eldessouky Law today and speak with an experienced California employment lawyer to learn more about your rights and options.
Don’t wait! There is a limited time to take action after an act of discrimination has occurred, so it is important to contact a lawyer right away.
How Long Do You Have to File a Discrimination Lawsuit in California?
You have a limited amount of time to file an employment lawsuit against your employer. These time limits are referred to as the statute of limitations and vary by state.
Adhering to these deadlines is extremely important if you intend to pursue legal action against your employer. If you miss the deadline to file, you risk forfeiting your right to pursue legal action.
You have three (3) years from the date that you’ve been discriminated against to file an administrative complaint of discrimination with the California Civil Rights Department.
Once your administrative complaint has been successfully filed, you then have one (1) year from your Right to Sue Notice date to file a civil lawsuit in court.
*Note that some claims such as wrongful termination of violation of public policy can be limited to a two (2) year statute of limitation.
Our Los Angeles employment discrimination lawyers can help with filing your administrative complaint as well as pursuing a lawsuit if necessary. We offer free consultations and will work with you to understand the facts of your case and recommend the best possible legal options available.
How Do You Prove Employer Discrimination?
Employees facing discrimination have three (3) ways of proving that their employer discriminated against them: circumstantial evidence, direct evidence, and pattern and practice.
What is Circumstantial Evidence?
Circumstantial evidence is when an employee provides facts and circumstances that can be used to reasonably infer the existence of discrimination. Circumstantial evidence is the most common method by which employees prove their discrimination cases.
What is Direct Evidence?
Direct evidence is when an employee has specific facts or statements that directly support the claim of discrimination. This type of evidence may include an admission from the employer regarding discriminatory actions, written documents, or emails that provide evidence of discrimination. When it comes to employment discrimination, direct evidence is hard to come by.
However, the most common and helpful form of direct evidence will be the testimony of those involved that comes up during a deposition or during trial while they are being examined. Another example of direct evidence can be when a company posts a job opening for the exact position they claim has been “eliminated”
What is Pattern and Practice?
Pattern and practice is when an employee has a pattern of behavior from their employer that shows the employer consistently discriminates against employees in the same protected category. Sometimes employers have a history of discrimination and this can be used to build a pattern and practice case.
Similarly, deviation from policies can sometimes be used as evidence of pretext, which refers to a false or fraudulent reason given to justify a particular action or decision. If an individual or organization deviates from established policies, it can raise suspicion that the real reason for their actions was not the reason stated and was instead influenced by a hidden or ulterior motive. So if an employer did not follow their own policies and procedures towards someone in a protected class, that can be used against them towards proving discrimination.
In short, everyone should be treated the same – all the time.
Do You Need a Los Angeles Employment Discrimination Lawyer?
Employment discrimination is a serious matter and it can have an immediate impact on your career. If you believe you have been discriminated against or retaliated against for engaging in protected activities, it is important that you speak with a knowledgeable and experienced employment law attorney.
The employment attorneys at Eldessouky Law are experienced in helping employees who have been the victims of discrimination or harassment in the workplace. We understand California’s employment laws and how to maximize your recoverable damages. Contact us today for a free consultation.
We look forward to helping you protect your rights and your future.
Why is it Important to Have a Skilled Trial Attorney on Discrimination Cases?
Not all attorneys and lawyers are litigators with courtroom experience. Even fewer have been able to obtain favorable verdicts in challenging venues.
Having a skilled trial attorney on discrimination cases is important for several reasons:
Knowledge of the law: A skilled trial attorney will have a thorough understanding of anti-discrimination laws and will be able to use that knowledge to effectively advocate for their client.
Presentation of evidence: A skilled trial attorney can present compelling evidence to support their client’s case, including expert testimony and documentation of discriminatory actions.
Cross-examination: A skilled trial attorney can effectively cross-examine witnesses and challenge the credibility of testimony presented by the opposing side.
Persuasion: A skilled trial attorney has the ability to effectively present their client’s case to the jury and persuade them of their client’s position.
Knowledge of court procedures: A skilled trial attorney will be familiar with the court procedures and will be able to navigate the legal system effectively to achieve the best outcome for their client.
Overall, having a skilled trial attorney on discrimination cases can greatly increase the chances of a favorable outcome for the client.
Do You Have a Los Angeles Discrimination Claim?
If you have been the victim of discrimination in Los Angeles, contact Eldessouky Law today. Our experienced Los Angeles employment lawyers can provide assistance with filing administrative complaints and lawsuits against employers who violate your rights. We offer free consultations. Contact us today. We are here to help.
Schedule Your Free Consultation with a Los Angeles Employment Discrimination Lawyer
If you believe that you have been the victim of discrimination in the workplace, contact Eldessouky Law today. Our experienced Los Angeles employment discrimination attorneys offer free consultations to discuss your case and provide advice on your legal options.
Discrimination is illegal and you deserve justice. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help with your case.
We look forward to hearing from you and helping you fight for your rights. Call our office now at 714-409-8991 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.