There are five common categories of workplace discrimination. Those are pregnancy, age, gender, racial, and disability discrimination. A knowledgeable workplace discrimination attorney will be able to tell you that under California employment law, it is illegal to discriminate against an employee or potential employee on the basis of these protected categories.
The Pregnancy Discrimination Act prevents discrimination related to pregnancy for businesses with fifteen or more employees. In addition to blatant discrimination, such as termination or retaliatory actions, pregnancy discrimination can also include more subtle events, such as failure to promote or a reduction of hours. Some common examples of pregnancy discrimination at the workplace include:
- Refusal to hire a woman because she is pregnant or may become pregnant
- Refusal to provide reasonable accommodations for a woman’s pregnancy related disabilities
- Discriminating against a woman for their need to breastfeed, pump, or treat a medical condition related to breastfeeding
The federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) protects employees from unscrupulous practices based on age. Age discrimination commonly affects individuals who are age 40 or higher. This discrimination can include a refusal to provide retirement benefits, refusal to hire, or reduction of health benefits.
Across all 50 States, employers are prohibited from discriminating based on sex or gender. However, it is reported that over 40% of American women still experience some form of gender discrimination at work. Members of the LGBTQIA+ community of all genders are also frequently subjected to gender discrimination. From unequal pay to sexual harassment, employees of any gender have the right to perform their duties without discrimination.
Racial discrimination is often extremely difficult to prove. Many employers disguise their actions as justifiable business practices. However, racial discrimination is illegal and punishable by law. The following are examples of racial discrimination at the workplace:
- Harassment because of one’s race
- Indirect discrimination
- Direct discrimination
Once you have been employed by an employer, they are required to make reasonable accommodations for your disability. Disability discrimination may involve a refusal to accommodate, reduction of compensation packages or refusal to provide accessible working conditions.
While the above forms of workplace discrimination are most common, it is important to remember that they are by no means comprehensive. You may also experience discrimination based on your religious expression, sexual orientation, or because of other immutable personal characteristics. If you do not see your situation reflected as a category above, do not hesitate to contact the workplace discrimination attorneys at Blackstone Law for a free consultation.
Workplace discrimination cases frequently involve sensitive information. When selecting a Los Angeles workplace discrimination attorney, you should search for one who can become your partner throughout the litigation process. Some other key qualifying characteristics to look for are:
- A law firm that has extensive experience with California law regarding to workplace discrimination
- A law firm that has exceptional client testimonials and great results
- A team of award-winning lawyers
- A law firm that values honesty and integrity
Blackstone Law treats each client like family and fights for their case with the aggressive and committed representation we would provide to someone from our own families.
Every discrimination case is unique, and every Los Angeles discrimination lawyer has a different case management style. Although we cannot promise a quick fix, we will stay in constant contact as your case progresses and work to manage your expectations at every stage of the process. Whenever you have questions, you will be able to reach your attorneys for a quick response. Your best interests are our highest priority, whether that means accepting a settlement or proceeding to trial. When you need dedicated, determined, and honest legal representation, contact Blackstone Law.
The foundation of our practice is a genuine compassion for our clients. As employment lawyers in Los Angeles, we constantly strive to uphold the rights of the individuals we represent. If you would like to learn more about workplace discrimination lawsuits, consider reviewing our guide to California Employment Law. In this guide, we delve into more detail about your rights as an employee. Additionally, we will cover the legal obligations of your employer. To get in touch with one of our skilled employment lawyers for a free consultation, contact us here or call (310) 956-4054.