San Bernardino Employment Discrimination Attorneys
California has one of the toughest anti-discrimination laws in the country. Laws against discrimination prohibit employers from treating employees differently based on certain personal characteristics such as disability, age, gender, race, and religion. Unlawful discriminatory conduct can include termination, demotions, unfavorable reassignments, disciplinary actions, harassment, and failure to promote.
The law office of Broslavsky & Weinman, LLP represents a diverse range of clients who are victims of workplace discrimination. Potential remedies available in employment discrimination cases include recovery of lost pay and benefits, compensation for emotional distress, and in some cases, other damages such as future lost income and monetary penalties against the employer.
Illegal Discrimination Comes in Many Forms
There are various types of discrimination that can occur in the workplace. Some of the most common forms include:
The definition of “disability” in California is very broad, covering any condition that limits a major life activity. By law, employers are not only prohibited from terminating or treating disabled employees unfavorably because of their conditions, but are also required to make reasonable accommodations to help disabled employees complete their jobs. Such accommodations may include medical leave, modification of job duties, modification of work schedule, and so forth.
Laws against age discrimination protect employees who over 40 years old from termination or other negative treatment on account of their age. The most common cases involve older employees being terminated, forced out, or demoted while younger workers keep their jobs. Other examples of age discrimination include older workers being passed over for promotions, or being the target of offensive age-related remarks.
Gender or Pregnancy Discrimination
This occurs when an employer treats an employee differently based on that person’s gender. Examples of gender discrimination include getting paid less while performing the same job and being subject to different standards. Pregnancy discrimination is a type of gender discrimination and involves an employer taking an adverse action against a female employee because of pregnancy or childbirth.
Race or National Origin Discrimination
It is illegal to discriminate based on someone’s race or national origin, which is defined as the country where an employee or his/her ancestor came from. Harassment based on race or national origin, such as racial slurs or offensive remarks, can also be unlawful and further support discriminatory claims.
Employers are prohibited from discriminating against employees because of their religion, and are further required to make reasonable accommodations for the religious practices of the employees.
Sexual Orientation Discrimination
Since 2000, California law prohibits employers from terminating or otherwise discriminating against employees because of their sexual orientation, as well as workplace harassment related to sexual orientation, such as abusive behavior or demeaning jokes.
If you feel that you have been subjected to discriminatory conduct, contact our San Bernardino employment discrimination attorneys to learn more about your legal rights and options. You can call us directly at (909) 551-4455 or email us using the contact form on this page for a free consultation.