Discrimination in the workplace is illegal. Hiring decisions, promotions, salary increases, and similar benefits cannot be awarded or withheld based on factors such as race, color, or sex that are beyond the control of the employee. Likewise, decisions to fire, demote, or otherwise make conditions unpleasant for an employee based on his, her, or their national origin, age, or disability is also illegal under federal law.
If you've suffered discrimination in your job and need an experienced employment discrimination lawyer in or around South Bay, California, please call Kirtland & Packard today at 310-536-1000 for a free consultation.
Two Types of Employment Discrimination
There are two primary types of employment discrimination:
- Treatment discrimination, marked by employees being singled out and treated differently as individuals or a group
- Impact discrimination, marked by company policy that unfairly impacts a specific group of people
Employment discrimination can present in several ways, but wrongful termination cases are the most notable examples. However, you don't have to lose your job to have a reasonable employment discrimination case in the state of California. If you suspect you have been discriminated against, out employment lawyers welcome the opportunity to meet with you free of cost and obligations, fully understand your situation, and help you decide how best to move forward.
What is Employment Discrimination?
Employment discrimination occurs when an employee is treated differently based on factors they have no control over. Under federal law, this includes race, color, religion, sex (pregnancy, sexual orientation, or gender identity), national origin, age (40 or older), disability, or genetic information.
In the state of California, employees are protected against all forms of discrimination covered by federal law, but extends those same protections to include:
- Physical and mental disabilities
- Medical condition
- Marital status
- Gender expression
- Military or veteran status
- Criminal history
- Political affiliation
- Union activity
Proving an employment discrimination case requires looking deep into a company's internal matters with a fearless, relentless passion. Our employment discrimination lawyers have just such a passion. We know how to make a compelling case and demonstrate that the discriminatory decisions that negatively affected your career were not reasonable, understandable personnel choices.
Who is Protected?
By and large, you are protected against employment discrimination in the state of California so long as you work for a company that employs five or more people. Certain religious employers are exempt from discrimination laws. So too are small businesses with fewer than five employees – although the latter can still be held accountable for discrimination in certain circumstances.
State and local governments are subject to anti-discrimination laws and employees of the State of California or any of its municialties enjoy the full protection of anti-discrimination laws intended to protect all employees from mistreatment.
Are Applicants Also Protected?
Job applicants are protected against discrimination by state and federal law. If you have been denied employment based on discriminatory factors, you may be entitled to seek justice through legal action. The lawyers at Kirtland & Packard have decades of experience identifying and fighting against all forms of employment mistreatment. We are prepared to take viable cases as far as needed to help ensure justice is served.
Why Choose Kirtland & Packard
The attorneys at Kirtland & Packard have significant experience handling complex and high-profile employment discrimination cases. We have taken on some of the state’s largest employers, including celebrities and large and powerful corporations. We have a long and proud history of fighting for the rights of workers throughout the state of California, and a proven track record of results. We are here to help employees facing discriminatory mistreatment get the equitable and fair treatment our existence as a human beings entitles us to.
We do not believe anyone, under any circumstances, should face discrimination. We are here to hold employers accountable for their actions and to help victims of mistreatment get the justice they are due.
Contact Us Today
If you've suffered employment discrimination in or around Redondo Beach, California, please call Kirtland & Packard, LLP today at 310-536-1000 for a free consultation. We serve Torrance, Manhattan Beach and surrounding South Bay communities.