Discrimination, the prejudicial treatment of an individual based on characteristics about an individual, is unfortunately prevalent in many workplaces. However, not all discrimination is illegal. Discrimination is unlawful if it is about a characteristic that is protected by law.
As a worker in California, you are protected by the most extensive employment laws in the country. Some of the protected characteristics under California law include race, disability, gender, and age.
Think you have been a victim of unlawful workplace discrimination, harassment, or retaliation?
Disparate treatment is the intentional discrimination of an individual because of their race. This includes “jokes,” slurs, and other offensive behavior that creates a racially hostile work environment.
Your “national origin” generally refers to the country where someone was born. However, it can also include an individual’s ancestry, physical or linguistic characteristics, or cultural background. National origin discrimination is when an individual’s nationality or perceived nationality is the basis of discrimination of an employer putting their employee or group of employees at a disadvantage.
Common situations that constitute national origin discrimination include:
As an employee who is illegally discriminated against, employers are subject to civil damages and punishments under the protections of California’s anti-discrimination laws. If you are a victim of discrimination, you may receive:
If you believe you are a victim of discrimination within your workplace, you do not have to go through it alone. At SW Employment Law, we specialize and are passionate about employment law. We are devoted to productively advocating for the rights of all employees across California. We believe that no one should face unlawful discrimination and harassment as everyone has the right to earn a living. SW Employment Law firm has claimed millions of dollars litigating cases for employees all over California, only taking these cases on a contingency basis. Ultimately, you don’t pay anything out of pocket as our fees come out of the court verdict or final settlement after winning your cases. If you would like help evaluating your case and exploring your options, SW Employment Law is here to help.