Los Angeles Discrimination Attorney
Protecting the Civil Rights of California Workers
Unfortunately, discrimination in the workplace is all too common. Companies and employers should be held accountable for their actions. At Hennig Kramer Ruiz & Singh, our Los Angeles discrimination attorneys protect the legal rights and employment opportunities of workers throughout California.
Federal and state laws protecting employment rights and prohibiting discrimination in California include:
- California's Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA)
- Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
- Americans with Disability Act (ADA)
- Equal Pay Act
If you feel like you have been discriminated against, you are probably correct. Workplace discrimination is particularly insidious, as there are many subtle forms of discrimination. That doesn't mean you are not experiencing discrimination.
You deserve to have someone on your side, protecting your rights and fighting back. Since 1995, our law firm has been working hard to protect workers throughout the Los Angeles and Southern California areas.
Types of Discrimination in the Workplace
California's discrimination laws were written to provide better protection for employees than federal law. Discrimination can be as bold as firing someone for speaking Spanish. It can also be subtle as refusing to promote an older worker who may be nearing retirement.
Discrimination at work can come in the form of harassment. While we often think of harassment as being sexual in nature, it can take on many forms. Harassment can be described as insults and gestures that communicate hostility towards someone based on their membership in a protected class.
Hennig Kramer Ruiz & Singh, LLP can handle any discrimination case, including employers discriminating based on:
- Age: The law protects people over the age of 40 and makes many types of negative treatment of that person because of their age unlawful. Employers cannot subject an employee to negative treatment due to their age. They also cannot pass over employees for promotions and other benefits purely due to an employee's age.
- Race, ethnicity or national origin: A person’s race or ethnicity is a characteristic that they can neither choose nor change. Our firm’s attorneys have worked extensively to defend the rights of racial and ethnic minorities. A person’s national origin deals primarily with a person’s country of origin or that of their ancestors.
- Sexual orientation: A person’s sexual orientation (heterosexual, bisexual, homosexual, asexual, etc.) is protected under California law. Our firm is particularly committed to protecting the rights of LGBT employees. We want to ensure they are able to work in an environment where their sexual orientation is a nonissue.
- Gender identity: A person’s sex or gender is simply a person’s gender identity or orientation (man, woman or transgender) or biological sex (male, female, transgender or intersex). The attorneys in our firm have handled dozens of cases involving sex and gender harassment and discrimination, including sexual orientation.
- Pregnancy or family leave: Federal laws along with similar state laws of California prohibit both private and government employers from engaging in pregnancy discrimination in regards to the hiring, compensation, promotion or termination of employees. California laws are among the most generous in the entire nation. Pregnant employees can “take leave for a reasonable period of time, not to exceed four months” after the birth of the child.
- Disability or medical conditions: Disability in California encompasses a broader spectrum of medical conditions than we traditionally think of when we think of disabilities. Under California law, a disability includes any medical condition that impairs a major life activity. This includes the ability of an employee to work.
- Religion or profession of no faith: A person’s religion is one of the most fundamental aspects of their identity. The law protects a person’s religious beliefs and practices from undue or unwarranted interference by their employer.
- Retaliation against whistleblowers: When an employer penalizes an employee for engaging in a legally protected activity, the employer can be held liable for retaliation.
We have also represented clients in all types of harassment cases, including those based on:
- Sexual harassment, including sexual comments, offensive gestures, physical contact, or requests for sexual favors in exchange for benefits
- Racial slurs, epithets, and stereotypes
- Negative remarks and insults based on protected characteristics
- Offensive comments made about people with disabilities
There are many types of discrimination in the workplace. It is important to speak with an attorney well-versed in all aspects of California discrimination law.
What to Do if You Have Faced Discrimination at Work
Do you believe your employer’s policies or actions are discriminatory? Have you been the victim of harassment or wrongful termination based upon a protected characteristic? You may be entitled to compensation based on state or federal laws.
If you feel that your current employer is actively engaging in discrimination or harassment, document everything. You should also discuss your concerns with your human resources department. Then, contact our experienced discrimination attorneys in Los Angeles.
We can work with you to help you file your claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). We can also help you file a lawsuit to pursue justice.
Do You Have a Case for Workplace Discrimination?
Many victims of discrimination fear they will not be able to hold their employers accountable. To determine if you have a discrimination claim, it is best to discuss your situation with a skilled employment law attorney.
At Hennig Kramer Ruiz & Singh, LLP, we offer free case evaluations to all new clients. We are also able to provide legal services in several languages, including Spanish, Hindi, Vietnamese, and Mandarin. For more than 25 years, we have been committed to providing clients with honest, passionate legal representation. Our seasoned attorneys are not afraid to go to trial and fight for you.
When you step into the workplace, you do not give up your civil rights. Call experinced workplace discrimination law firm of Hennig Kramer Ruiz & Singh, LLP at (213) 292-5444.
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