The decorated Los Angeles lawyers at Tomorrow Law™ have had success representing dozens of victims of workplace discrimination; we are seasoned and passionate about securing justice for those who have been denied their rights in Los Angeles County. For a free, no-obligation consultation, contact our office at (323) 968-7577 to speak with our employment lawyer in Los Angeles.

Legal Protections Against Employment Discrimination

The United States justice system strictly forbids any type of unjust workplace or employment discrimination. While state and local laws provide further protection, federal laws prohibiting workplace discrimination include :

  • Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
  • The Equal Pay Act of 1963
  • The Age Discrimination Act of 1967
  • The Rehabilitation Act of 1973;
  • and The Civil Rights Act of 1991.

In addition, in Los Angeles, California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) also protects you from discrimination on certain bases at the workplace. In short, U.S. employers owe their workers an environment free of the anxieties and stressors that come with certain forms of workplace discrimination. If you or someone you love have been victimized at your place of work or seeking employment, you should seek legal counsel from an experienced discrimination attorney as soon as possible as you may be entitled to financial compensation.

Both prospective and current employees are legally protected by laws at local and up to federal levels, banning discrimination based upon:

  • Race,
  • Nationality,
  • Religion,
  • Age (if over 40),
  • Disability,
  • Gender,
  • Sexual Orientation, and
  • Pregnancy.

To be eligible for state and federal anti-discrimination protections, you have to work for a qualifying employer. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act applies to employers nationwide who have at least 15 employees. California’s FEHA covers employers with five or more employees. 

Types of Employment Discrimination

Employers, employees, and human resources (HR) departments alike are charged with the task of ensuring that the workplace is a safe space for everyone involved. Unfortunately, this is not always the case.

Workplace discrimination can happen to job applicants, new hires, and existing employees. Some forms of illegal unequal treatment are more blatant and easy to recognize. Others can be much more subtle. Common examples of workplace discrimination Los Angeles employees face include

  • Unequal pay compared to a coworker of a different gender;
  • Demotion after disclosing a disability or pregnancy;
  • Denial of a reasonable request for leave for a religious holiday;
  • Exclusion from decision-making conversations because of race;
  • Derogatory names, jokes, and slurs targeting an identity characteristic; 
  • Sexual harassment;
  • Requests to disclose sexual orientation or gender identity during a job interview;
  • Consistent assignment to less-favorable shifts because of citizenship status; and
  • Being targeted for termination or layoffs due to age.

This isn’t an exhaustive list. Discrimination can appear in other, more subtle forms. A Los Angeles employment discrimination lawyer is the best resource for determining whether you’ve been the target of illegal conduct at work.

How to Prove Employment Discrimination

If you’ve faced illegal discrimination at work, there are several things you can do to protect yourself.

Gather Evidence

First, gather as much documentation as you can. Evidence is essential for proving any type of employment discrimination. Save any letters, emails, text messages, or notes you receive. Take pictures of anything in your work environment that’s relevant to the discrimination. This could include offensive drawings, objects, photos, etc. Keep a journal where you record any incidents or behaviors that are discriminatory. Make sure you note the time and place of the events, as well as anyone else who was present. You may be able to use them as witnesses to back up your account of misconduct.

Report the Incident to Your Employer

Depending on the type of discrimination, you may want to report it to your employer. Speak to a supervisor or someone in human resources about how to make a formal internal complaint. Make sure you keep a copy of your complaint, as well as a record of your employer’s response. 

Talk to a Lawyer

Make an appointment for a consultation with an employment lawyer who can review your case. An employment attorney is a valuable asset. They can help you identify additional witnesses and gather and preserve other types of valuable evidence needed to prove your claim. 

A lawyer can also help you navigate the legal requirements for filing an employment discrimination claim. Employees who want to sue for discrimination under California law have to file an administrative claim with the state Civil Rights Department first. Be aware: employees only have three years after the incident of discrimination to file their complaint.

Compensation for Victims of Employment Discrimination

Employees with successful discrimination claims can recover compensation for an employer’s illegal treatment. The amount and type of compensation available depend on the nature and severity of the discrimination.

Compensatory damages aim to return an employee to the position they were in before the discrimination happened. This can include compensation for financial losses, such as:

  • Back pay for lost wages,
  • Missing benefits, and
  • Reduced future earning capacity.

Other cases could include reinstatement or access to workplace accommodations as part of compensatory damages. 

The non-economic cost of discrimination can be compensated for as well. In some cases, employees could recover damages for the resultant pain and suffering. 

When an employer’s discriminatory behavior is clearly intentional or malicious, punitive damages could also be available. Unlike compensatory damages, these aim to punish employers for their bad actions. Punitive damages are also seen as a way of deterring an employer from perpetuating or tolerating discrimination in the future. 

When to Contact a Workplace Discrimination Lawyer in Los Angeles

At Tomorrow Law™, we have extensive experience helping Los Angeles workers navigate many types of employment discrimination cases.

Racial Discrimination

Discrimination based on race or skin color is still an unfortunate part of many workplaces. However, race discrimination today is often much harder to spot than it was even 50 years ago. Employers rarely directly admit that they’re hiring, firing, or promoting someone because of their race. Instead, potential discriminatory treatment often takes more subtle forms, including:

  • Extensive criticism or unnecessary micromanaging targeting employees of one racial group;
  • Excluding minority employees from informal professional networks;
  • Offensive comments passed off as jokes about the hair, speech, or clothing of individuals of a specific race; and
  • Upholding different standards of performance for employees of a certain race.

If you’ve been held to higher standards or experienced mistreatment that coworkers of a different race have not, you could be the target of racial discrimination. 

Disability Discrimination

If you disclose a medical condition or disability to your employer, they can’t use that as an excuse to demote, fire, or pay you less. California law requires that employers provide reasonable accommodations for employees with certain medical conditions or physical limitations. If they refuse to grant your qualified request for accommodations, you could hold them legally accountable. Our Los Angeles employment discrimination attorneys can investigate your situation and help you determine if your employer violated your rights.

Gender and Sexual Orientation Discrimination

California law makes it illegal for employers to base employment decisions on an employee’s gender, sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity. This includes:

  • Shutting qualified women out of executive positions,
  • Segregating gay employees into non-customer-facing roles,
  • Firing an employee who makes a gender transition,
  • Preventing employees from using the bathroom that aligns with their gender identity, and
  • Refusing to extend covered health benefits to an employee’s same-sex spouse.

Derogatory language, slurs, or sexual harassment directed at employees because of their gender identity or expression are also against the law. If your employer lets this kind of inappropriate or abusive behavior slide, contact our attorneys to get help. 

National Origin Discrimination

Employees have the right to equal treatment in the workplace, regardless of their birthplace or ethnicity. This means it’s illegal for your employer to have different performance standards or pay rates due to your ethnic background or accent. Your employer also can’t use your citizenship status to justify any job decisions, e.g., hiring, firing, or advancement.

Pregnancy Discrimination

California law protects employees from discrimination based on current pregnancy, future or intended pregnancy, and medical conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth. If you’re a pregnant employee, your boss has the obligation to grant you accommodations that let you do your job as close to normal as is reasonable. Refusing to allow you more bathroom or rest breaks, access to a chair, or medically necessary leave time could be grounds for illegal discrimination. 

Religious Discrimination

Unfair or negative treatment directed at employees because of their religion is illegal. As long as it’s not an undue hardship, employers have a legal duty to reasonably accommodate an employee’s requests for shift changes or leave time for religious observances. 

David Bibiyan: Your Los Angeles Discrimination Lawyer

David D Bibiyan

Attorney David Bibiyan founded Tomorrow Law™ with a mission to make high-quality legal representation accessible so employees can fight back against discrimination. After years in corporate law, David felt his values could no longer justify making a living helping businesses at the expense of people. A decade later, he is proud to lead Tomorrow Law™ in its mission to help employees stand up to discrimination and harassment in the workplace. Collectively, David and his team have decades of experience handling all types of discrimination cases covered under California and federal law. A commitment to justice for all workers is a cornerstone of the firm’s consistent and aggressive legal representation, which recovers millions of dollars each year for Los Angeles employees.

We Hold Employers Accountable. We Want To Help

Tomorrow Law™ is devoted to recovering the wages you are owed, and compensating you for any loss that your employer has caused. A legal expert from our Los Angeles law firm can get your case started with a free initial consultation today. Our contingency fee basis ensures that you will never pay out-of-pocket; that is, you do not have to pay any fees unless you win or recover compensation.

Don’t wait – there are statutes of limitations, or time restrictions, on these types of legal matters. Contact the team at Tomorrow Law™ at (323) 675-2374.

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