Protecting Employee Rights across California
Do you believe that you, a loved one, or a college is being mistreated by an employer? State and federal laws such as the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Equal Pay Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), and numerous others prohibit discrimination in the workplace. However, discrimination of all forms sadly continues to be prevalent in many workplaces to this day.
At Manfred, APC, our San Diego discrimination lawyer Manfred Muecke is adamant about standing up for the rights of California workers who have been discriminated against on the job for any reason. Our law firm is equipped to aggressively defend your rights stand up against discriminatory practices in hiring, job duties, termination, and more.
California Employment Law
- Reimbursement Of Job Expenses
- Wage And Hour Claims
- Wrongful Termination
Fighting Discrimination in the Workplace
Federal and state laws prohibit all forms of discrimination in every aspect of the employer/employee relationship. Regardless of how lucrative a company or what industry it's in, it is illegal for an employer to make decisions regarding hiring, firing, promotions, job assignments, and more based on the protected characteristics noted in the section below.
Workplace discrimination can take many forms, so it should be noted that what offends one individual may not bother another. Discrimination occurs when the resulting actions—such as harassment or unfair pay—have an adverse effect on an individual's career path, mental health, and/or physical wellbeing.
Different Types of Discrimination
Employees in California may experience discrimination based on:
- Gender identity
- Marital status
- Medical condition
- Military status
- National origin
- Sexual orientation
Employees of all kinds are protected by both California law and federal law, including independent contractors and undocumented workers. While the term discrimination is very broad and can cover a wide range of actions, when employees are treated differently than their colleagues and in a negative way, discrimination is likely at play.
How to File a Discrimination Complaint
To submit a workplace discrimination claim, reach out to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Nationwide, companies with 15 or more employees are protected by Title VII, which prohibits discrimination in the workplace. In California, employers only need to staff 12 for general discrimination claims, or one employee for issues specifically regarding wage discrimination based on gender.
Additionally, discussing your case with a local lawyer experienced in workplace discrimination claims can give you an idea of what to expect. Our San Diego discrimination attorney can determine whether you have a claim, recommend the right course of action to favorably resolve your issue, and represent you in any hearings or trials necessary.