Every American employee in every industry has various legal protections in place at the federal level pertaining to their rights in the workplace. Each state also enforces its own workplace fairness laws, and California has some of the most robust legal protections in place in the entire county. One of the most important rights you have as an employee is your right to work free from harassment or discrimination.
Unfortunately, harassment and discrimination are still prevalent in today’s workplace. Being harassed or discriminated against can be a horribly demoralizing and degrading experience that no one should suffer. When you believe an employer has violated federal or state employment law, you need a Los Angeles discrimination attorney with experience handling cases like yours. The right legal counsel will make a tremendous difference in the outcome of the recovery efforts you pursue.
The term “discrimination” refers to an employer making any job-related decision on the basis of an applicant’s or an employee’s protected personal qualities. “Harassment” pertains to any mistreatment of a worker on the basis of their protected qualities. It is illegal for an employer to engage in discrimination or harassment; it is also illegal for them to allow discriminatory or harassing practices to persist in the workplaces they manage.
It is also unlawful for employers to allow a hostile work environment where employees are subject to actions, jokes, or comments based on one of the ten categories below. Moreover, employers cannot retaliate against an employee for reporting or complaining about such discrimination, pregnancy discrimination or sexual harassment. Filing a complaint regarding any illegal misconduct on an employer’s part is a legally protected action in California and throughout the United States. If you are fired after reporting workplace harassment or discrimination, you likely have grounds for even further legal recourse against your employer aside from your initial complaint.
If you have been harassed or discriminated against by an employer, you have the right to report this misconduct in good faith, and any illegal retaliation against you could lead to even more substantial compensation for you and more severe penalties for your employer. Some of the protected personal qualities that generally form the basis of most discrimination claims in Los Angeles include:
If you believe that your employer has discriminated against you for any of these reasons, it’s vital to speak with a Los Angeles discrimination attorney as soon as possible to determine your best options for legal recourse.
Your Los Angeles discrimination attorney will be invaluable for navigating the claim process successfully; they can also provide vital guidance in assessing the full scope of the damages you can claim from the defendant. Many people who experience workplace discrimination and harassment are unaware of the full scope of the damages they can secure from a defendant. While they may be able to recognize lost wages, lost benefits, and other economic losses, they also have the right to hold their employer accountable for their emotional distress and attorneys’ fees.
Some individuals, unfortunately, endure sustained periods of consistent abuse at work, and others face persistently hostile work environments due to their employers’ discriminatory practices. You have the right to hold your employer accountable for a wide range of damages, including:
If you succeed with a discrimination suit against an employer in Los Angeles, not only are they responsible for your damages, but also attorneys’ fees and potentially punitive damages.
Time is an important factor in any type of employment case, and it’s vital to meet all deadlines that apply to your case. Facing uncertainty regarding your income and your household’s financial stability can be very difficult, but securing reliable legal representation as soon as possible is the best option for any victim of workplace discrimination. This ensures the freshness of any evidence you must leverage in your case, and if you must secure witness statements from co-workers to support your discrimination claim, swift legal action helps ensure the reliability of their testimony.
The Shirazi Law Firm, PC, has years of experience in California employment law and we will handle everything for you.
If you believe you have been harassed or discriminated against, call us now for a free confidential case evaluation at (310) 400-5891 for your free intake. You may also contact the Shirazi Law Firm online to schedule your consultation with our team, and we will let you know how our firm can assist you in holding your employer accountable for the discrimination you experienced.
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Founder Emanuel Shirazi is an employment lawyer in Los Angeles representing employees who have been legally wronged by their employers. In addition to representing employees, Mr. Shirazi used to defend employers while he worked at the largest employment law firms in the country. Thus, Mr. Shirazi knows the tricks of the trade of the other side and will use that to your advantage in your case. Mr. Shirazi’s experience helps him anticipate your employer’s defense and prepare accordingly.