Sacramento Discrimination Lawyer
We Stand Up for Employees’ Rights
In recent years, California has added or modified several state regulations to better protect employees against different forms of discrimination. Under the Fair Employment and Housing Act, California has some of the most employee friendly laws in the Country. While federal law, in particular Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, does provide protection to California employees, most employment law claims for discrimination in California are brought under the Fair Employment and Housing Act.
Call today at (916) 262-7006 to hear how you can receive the compensation you deserve for the injustice you didn’t deserve.
Types of Employment Discrimination
Under the Fair Employment and Housing Act, it is illegal for an employer to take an adverse employment action (demote, suspend, terminate, etc.) against an employee because of a protected characteristic.
- Race, color
- Ancestry, national origin
- Religion, creed
- Age (over 40)
- Disability, mental and physical
- Sexual orientation
- Gender identity, gender expression
- Medical condition
- Genetic information
- Marital status
- Military or veteran status
- Sex, gender (including sexual harassment, pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding or related medical conditions)
- Marital status
Acts of discrimination can be overt or subtle. They can affect any area of the victim's job, even leading to a wrongful termination in some cases.
Examples of discriminatory acts in the workplace include:
- Denying reasonable accommodations to a disabled employee
- Offering employees different wages and employment terms due to an employee's membership in a protected class
- Passing over qualified employees for raises or promotions
- Refusing to hire job applicants due to any of the above traits
- Creating a policy that more adversely impacts certain employees due to their disability, age, or other protected characteristics
Damages You Can Recover
In a workplace discrimination case, you can receive compensation for a variety of damages. These damages include:
- Economic damages for compensation that you would have received had you not been discriminated against
- Emotional distress damages for the pain and suffering that you were forced to endure as a result of the discriminatory conduct
- Punitive damages to punish the wrongdoer. Punitive damages are not typically awarded. However, they can be if the Court or a jury determines that a managing agent of the employer acted with malice, oppression or fraud
- Attorneys’ Fees and Costs. If you win a discrimination lawsuit, your attorney may be entitled to their attorney fees and the costs associated with litigating your case
When you have been discriminated against you will likely experience a whirl of emotions, from shame to fear to anger. You will need a discrimination lawyer who is not only skilled and bold in confronting wrongful parties but who is also empathetic in personally fighting for your cause. At the Webber Law Group, our attorneys have extensive experience litigating discrimination cases of all types.
If you were discriminated against prior to January 1, 2020, you only have one year from the date of the adverse employment action to obtain a right-to-sue letter from the Department of Fair Employment and Housing. If you believe you have been discriminated against, please contact us immediately.