Knowing your rights is crucial in California’s diverse and always-changing job market. The California employment discrimination attorneys at Tomorrow Law™ can help you understand the protections provided by California laws and federal regulations so that you can confidently recognize and address discrimination when it occurs. We want to give you the knowledge and confidence to stand up against unfair treatment in the workplace.

Navigating the legal process can be daunting, so our California workplace discrimination lawyers offer specialized legal guidance and support. Our dedicated team of experienced employment lawyers advocate for employees who have faced discrimination. We aim to clarify the steps involved in pursuing a discrimination claim, from gathering evidence to filing a complaint and, if necessary, pursuing litigation.

By accessing our resources, you can take informed actions to address workplace discrimination, assert your rights, and work towards a fair and just resolution. We strive for a California where employers treat all employees with dignity, equality, and respect. Contact our office to discuss your employment rights with a discrimination employment attorney in California.

What Are My Employment Rights Under California Law?

California has a robust employment rights framework designed to protect workers from various forms of discrimination and ensure fair treatment in the workplace. State law prohibits numerous types of discrimination based on the following:

  • Race. Employers cannot discriminate against employees based on race, ethnicity, or color in hiring, promotion, pay, and other employment decisions.
  • Gender. Gender-based discrimination encompasses unequal treatment or bias due to a person’s sex, gender identity, or gender expression, protecting individuals from harassment and pay disparities.
  • Age. California law safeguards employees aged 40 and older from age-related discrimination, which can affect hiring, job assignments, or termination decisions.
  • Disability. Employers must make reasonable accommodations for employees with disabilities and cannot discriminate against them based on their disabilities.
  • Religion. Workers can practice their religion without fear of discrimination, ensuring employers do not mistreat them due to their religious beliefs or practices.
  • Sexual orientation. California law prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation, ensuring protection for LGBTQ+ employees from harassment and bias.
  • Pregnancy. Pregnant employees have the right to be treated fairly in all aspects of employment, including hiring, promotions, and maternity leave accommodations.
  • National origin. It is illegal to discriminate based on an employee’s national origin, ancestry, or language.
  • Marital status. Employees are shielded from discrimination due to their marital status, including being single, married, or divorced.
  • Military or veteran status. California law guards against discrimination based on military or veteran status, ensuring service members and veterans receive equal employment opportunities.

These anti-discrimination provisions reflect California’s commitment to celebrating diversity in the workplace and fair treatment for all employees. Additionally, these varying types of discrimination can manifest in many different situations.

What Types of Workplace & Employment Discrimination Matters Does Tomorrow Law™ Handle?

As California employment discrimination attorneys, our focus covers various workplace problems that can affect your rights as a worker. We are here to help you turn the tables on your boss and provide support if you have experienced discrimination, harassment, or unfair treatment in the following situations:

  • Wage disputes—cases involving unpaid wages, overtime violations, and wage discrepancies;
  • Discrimination—workplace discrimination, including race, gender, age, disability, religion, and sexual orientation discrimination;
  • Sexual harassment—unsafe work environment as a result of sexual harassment;
  • Wrongful termination—employees who are wrongfully terminated with their employment ending unjustly;
  • Maternity leave—discrimination or challenges related to maternity leave in violation of state and federal laws;
  • Class action—matters requiring the representation of multiple employees collectively to streamline the legal process; or
  • Migrant workers—protecting the rights of migrant workers and addressing issues related to discrimination, wage theft, and unsafe working conditions.

Recognizing and addressing these issues is essential to ensure fair and equal treatment for all employees, regardless of their income level or background.

What Types of Workers Can File an Employment Discrimination Claim?

Bad bosses are an unfortunate truth across various industries, and some bosses do not treat their employees fairly, no matter where they work or who they are. Sadly, low-wage workers often feel the impact of these unfair practices the most. These employees, who are already dealing with financial struggles and limited job options, can find themselves in situations where their bosses take advantage of them. This mistreatment can include things like not paying them properly, mistreating them because of their background, not providing a safe workplace, or even harassing them.

Low-wage workers might feel trapped because they depend on their jobs, making it harder to stand up for their rights or find help when mistreated. Our firm handles employment discrimination claims for all types of workers, including:

  • Restaurant workers,
  • Retail employees,
  • Domestic workers,
  • Farmworkers,
  • Warehouse and delivery workers,
  • Healthcare employees, and
  • Construction laborers.

Regardless of the industry, the battle against bad bosses is an ongoing struggle, and it is essential to champion the rights of low-wage workers and hold employers accountable for their actions. We do this by following a step-by-step approach for our clients.

How to File a Workplace or Employment Discrimination Lawsuit?

Filing a workplace or employment discrimination claim in California is essential to seeking justice and protecting your rights as a worker. A discrimination employment attorney can help you with the following steps to address your workplace problems:

  • Document all relevant evidence. Record incidents, including dates, times, locations, and the people involved—document conversations, emails, or any evidence that supports your claim.
  • Make a report to your employer. Notify your employer or the Human Resources (HR) department about the discrimination you’re facing. Many employers have internal procedures for handling such complaints, and they must investigate the matter.
  • Seek legal advice. Consult with an experienced employment discrimination attorney. They can evaluate your situation, explain your rights, and guide you through the legal process.
  • File with a government agency. If internal remedies fail or your employer is unresponsive, you can file a complaint with the appropriate government agency. These agencies include the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
  • EEOC or DFEH review. The relevant agency will review your claim. They may conduct investigations and interviews and gather evidence.
  • Right-to-Sue letter. If the agency finds substantial evidence, they may issue a “Right-to-Sue” letter, allowing you to pursue legal action against your employer.
  • Pursue legal action. You can file a lawsuit against your employer in state or federal court with your attorney’s assistance. Your attorney will represent you, gather evidence, and advocate.
  • Move to settlement or trial. Most employment discrimination cases are resolved through negotiation and may result in a settlement. Your case may proceed to trial if a settlement cannot be reached.
  • Know your time limits. Be aware of the statute of limitations, which sets a time limit for filing your discrimination claim. In California, it’s generally one year from the date of the discriminatory act.

The team of lawyers for workplace discrimination doesn’t just send letters to make demands. We take action by filing the cases in court and fighting as long and hard as necessary to secure the results our clients deserve.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Sue My Employer For Wage Theft If They Consistently Pay Me Less Than the Minimum Wage or Deny Overtime Pay?

Yes. California law requires employers to pay at least the state minimum wage and provide overtime pay when applicable. You may have a valid wage theft claim if your employer consistently violates these wage laws. Documenting your hours and pay and consulting an attorney to explore your legal options is crucial.

What Should I Do If I’m Experiencing Workplace Harassment or Discrimination Based on My Gender and My Employer Isn’t Taking Action to Address It?

If you face gender-based harassment or discrimination, document incidents and report them to your HR department or supervisor. If your employer fails to address the issue, you may need to file a complaint with the DFEH or consult an attorney to discuss your legal rights and potential remedies.

I Was Wrongfully Terminated from My Job. What Steps Should I Take to Pursue a Wrongful Termination Claim?

To pursue a wrongful termination claim, gather evidence related to your termination, such as emails, performance reviews, and witness statements. Consult an attorney specializing in employment law to evaluate the circumstances and determine if you have a valid claim. You may be entitled to compensation, reinstatement, or other remedies if your termination was unlawful.

Has Your Employer Engaged in Unlawful Employment Discrimination?

If you believe your employer has enacted discriminatory policies or targeted you specifically based on your race, gender, age, national origin, or other protected criteria, contact Tomorrow Law™ to learn more about your options. At Tomorrow Law™, our team of knowledgeable California employment lawyers have extensive experience representing workers—and only workers—in California employment lawsuits. To learn more and schedule a free consultation, call Tomorrow Law™ today. You can also connect with an attorney by completing our online contact form.