Discrimination

Have you been the victim of unlawful discrimination?  Give us a call… we can help.

It is a common misunderstanding that the law protects workers from all forms of discrimination.  In fact, the law only protects workers from discrimination based on sex, race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, disability, genetic information, medical condition, marital status and sexual orientation.  (Discrimination based on sex includes discrimination for pregnancy or childbirth.)  If you do not have evidence that the discrimination you suffered was based on one of these protected categories, you are not likely to prevail against your employer.  (The law protects both employees and independent contractors to be free from discrimination based on these categories.)

Discrimination in Whistleblower Cases

You may also be protected if you were discriminated against because you reported your employer to the authorities for violating some public policy (i.e., you were a “whistleblower”).  For more on this topic, please see the separate page regarding “whistleblowers” and wrongful termination on this website.

Protecting Yourself from Workplace Discrimination

The first step for all employees to enforce their rights to be free from discrimination requires filing a claim with the appropriate state or federal agency.  If you have evidence that you have been discriminated against based on one of the protected classes mentioned above, contact us and we will guide you through the discrimination claims process.  Then, if necessary, we can file a lawsuit with the appropriate court to enforce your rights to be free of unlawful discrimination.  The law provides short, strict time limits to start the discrimination claims process, and if you miss the deadline you will lose your rights, so contact us today!