Steps To Fight Discrimination in the Workplace
Workplace discrimination remains a major problem for thousands of residents every year, despite California's reputation as a progressive state. Discrimination in the workplace can take many forms, and often simply addressing the problem with a co-worker or supervisor is not a sufficient means of resolving these complex cases.
Every California resident is entitled to work in a safe, discrimination-free environment, and at Del Rio & Carichoff, P.C, California Employment and Personal Injury law firm, we are committed to protecting these rights.
The California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) "prohibits harassment and discrimination in employment because of":
– Gender Identity and Expression
– Sexual Orientation
– Marital Status
– National Origin and Ancestry
– Mental and Physical Disability
– Medical Condition
The FEHA also protects against "retaliation for protesting illegal discrimination related to one of these categories." This means that an employee cannot be punished for protesting or calling attention to discriminatory practices in the workplace.
If you or a loved one feel you have been discriminated against by a co-worker, supervisor or anyone else in your workplace, it is critical to understand your rights and to file a formal complaint. It is also crucial to move fast if you are experiencing a pattern of discrimination.
According to the FEHA, "Complaints of discrimination must be filed with the Department [of Fair Employment and Housing] within one year from the date of the alleged discriminatory act."
If you have questions about a discrimination matter, call Del Rio & Carichoff and speak with one of our experienced Employment Law attorneys for free. We are highly experienced in these types of matters and can help give you clarity as to your options and what to expect if you choose to move forward and file an Employment Discrimination claim.
Remember these steps in the event you or a loved one experience discrimination in the workplace:
- Write It Down: Recording and saving evidence of discriminatory behavior is critical to mounting a successful legal argument. Employers and defendants will often categorically deny any wrongdoing in employment discrimination cases, so gathering as much evidence as possible from the very beginning is an important first step in building a successful case. Your employment contract, copies of the company's discrimination policy, and witness statements are good places to start.
- Talk to Your HR Officer: Before filing a discrimination case, talk to your company's HR Officer or Coordinator and explain the pattern of behavior you believe to be discriminatory. Your right to bring these issues to the company's attention without fear of termination or retaliation is protected by law, and in some cases will stop the unacceptable behavior while avoiding legal action.
- File a Formal Complaint: If you are not able to resolve the problem internally and the discrimination continues, it is time to file a formal complaint with either the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH). These government agencies investigate and mediate cases of workplace discrimination.
- Call Del Rio & Carichoff, P.C: Call the experienced Employment Law and Workplace Discrimination lawyers at Del Rio & Carichoff at (916) 378-4705. Our legal team will provide you with a free consultation to discuss the details of your case and will guide you through the process of filing an EEOC and/or DFEH discrimination claim if necessary. Our team of dedicated, compassionate Employment Law attorneys will fight for your rights from the start of your case to the finish.
If you feel you have been a victim of discrimination in the workplace, call Del Rio & Carichoff, P.C. Our team of attorneys will work tirelessly to protect your rights and secure the maximum compensation for your damages. We will review your case for FREE, and if there is no recovery, there are no attorney's fees.