Brentwood Discrimination Attorneys
You Deserve Fair Treatment in the Workplace
All people are entitled to fair treatment in the workplace regardless of their age, sex, gender, or race. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has created many rules that forbid workplace discrimination and harassment. California's Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) provides additional protections for California workers.
Unfortunately, it can be easy for employers or coworkers to ignore these rules. Discrimination takes many forms, and not all offenses are obvious. Some employers will count on their employees being too worried about their job to take legal action.
At Collins & Hunter, our experienced Brentwood discrimination lawyers are here to help. If you feel like you are being mistreated or harassed at your workplace, the law is designed to protect you. Your employer is not allowed to fire you, dock your pay, or deny you opportunities for advancement for filing a claim.
You don’t have to put up with a hostile work environment. Call (615) 235-6648 to schedule a free consultation at Collins & Hunter today.
Types of Discrimination
There are many reasons an employer could discriminate against an employee. Sometimes these discriminatory acts are personal, such as disagreeing with an employee’s politics, while others are subconscious. It is possible for an employer to discriminate against you for your gender or race without even realizing they’re doing it. Whatever their reasons, they need to be held accountable so that you can enjoy a safe, productive work environment.
Some types of discrimination include:
- Race — Individuals being treated unfairly in the workplace because of their personal characteristics that are associated with their race (hair texture, skin color, facial features).
- Age —Applicants or employees who are treated differently because of their age, particularly 40 and over.
- Gender — Receiving different treatment based on how you identify, whether you are cis, trans, or nonbinary. Can also include sexual harassment.
- Pregnancy —Discrimination based on pregnancy, childbirth, or any other related medical condition falls under this category.
- Disability — Receiving unfair treatment because of a disability. The Americans with Disabilities Act protects you from this kind of discrimination.
- Retaliation — When an employer decides to fire, harass, or demote an employee for filing a complaint of discrimination.
- LGBT — Harassment of one's sexual orientation and employer bias in hiring, promotion, job assignment, termination, and compensation.
Federal law ensures that groups of people with specific characteristics are protected from job discrimination on the basis of that characteristic as "protected classes." In all states, discrimination is prohibited on the basis of the employee's:
- National Origin
- Citizenship Status
- Genetic Information
California state law includes additional protections against discrimination based on:
- Marital Status
- Sexual Orientation
- Gender Identity and Expression
- AIDS/HIV Status
- Political Activities
- Status as a Victim of Domestic Violence
What Is Workplace Harassment?
Harassment is when continued unwanted and annoying actions are being made, including threats and demands. When someone is intentionally targeting a specific person and causing them to feel unsafe, that is a form of criminal harassment.
As discrimination attorneys, we help to fight for your rights as a worker. There are different levels of harassment, and they are all unacceptable. Whether it’s an inappropriate comment or touch, or a form of stalking, we are here to defend your rights.
Choose Our Brentwood Discrimination Lawyers
Nearly 90-95% of harassment or discrimination cases get resolved outside of the courtroom. Many harassment and discrimination lawyers choose mediation or reach a settlement with the other party. That large number shows that many attorneys fail to have enough experience within the courtroom. Any type of harassment or discrimination is a serious matter, and you need an experienced attorney on your side throughout the entire process.
The Brentwood discrimination attorneys at Collins & Hunter regularly take cases to trial. We are not afraid to go to court on your behalf because your rights are extremely important to us, and we work diligently to help you obtain your day in court.