In Los Angeles and the state of California, individuals are protected in regards to employment discrimination. Both federal and state laws make it illegal for employers to discriminate based on nationality, race, color, religion, sex, disability, and more. If you believe you have been treated unfairly in any part of the employment process, don’t hesitate to contact an attorney to learn more about your rights as an employee.
What is Employment Discrimination?
The definition of employment discrimination differs slightly depending on the state, but is essentially unfair treatment regarding an individual’s physical, genetic, or ethnic makeup. Federal law makes it illegal to discriminate against the following in all 50 states:
- Medical condition
- Age (40 and older)
- Genetic information
- Citizenship status
- Marital status
- Sexual orientation and identity
- Political activities or affiliations
- Status as a victim of violence
- Military or veteran status
If you believe you have been unfairly treated as a result of any of the above factors, you have the right to pursue legal action. The process starts by obtaining the services of an attorney and filing a complaint with the state’s correct agency (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or California Department of Justice). An attorney will help you investigate the details of your case and provide guidance on how to proceed. If the court deems you have been discriminated against as an employee, you could be awarded financial compensation for your hardship. Because there are many factors related to employment discrimination, it is important to be represented by a skilled attorney. The state’s laws are constantly changing and you should always consult a lawyer that understands the intricacies involved. When hiring a lawyer, make sure he has experience with cases similar to your situation.
Mann & Elias
Scott Mann and Imad Elias founded the partnership of Mann & Elias in 1998. Since that time, they have successfully settled hundreds of claims resulting in over $18 million in settlements and verdicts. If you believe you have been unjustly discriminated against, contact us today to learn about your legal rights. We charge no fee for the initial consultation, and all cases are handled on a contingency basis.