Holding Employers Accountable For Discrimination
For more than 20 years, I have helped employees pursue discrimination claims and achieve justice. California employment discrimination law is very clear. Any type of discrimination against an employee based on a protected class is illegal. Although California employment discrimination laws are clear, discrimination in the workplace continues among California businesses and requires lawyers to breathe life into those protections. At the Turk Law Firm, I empower employees to stand up for their rights and hold their employers accountable for discrimination in the workplace.
Traits Protected Under Discrimination Law
Laws prohibiting harassment and discrimination can be found in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act. Protected traits listed within these laws include:
- Age (40 years and above)
- Gender expression
- Marital status
- Military or veteran status
- Sexual orientation
California also has a law that prohibits employers from “English only” policies or forbidding the use of any language besides English in the workplace. While there are some workplaces where the nature of the business requires an English-only policy, employers are required to notify employees of the specific situations where language restrictions are required as well as the consequences of not complying with the directive.
Filing A Workplace Discrimination Complaint
Filing and initiating a discrimination lawsuit is a complex endeavor. Both federal and state agencies provide for a choice of laws and remedies and require proper administrative exhaustion through either the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and/or the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (FEHA) before a civil lawsuit is filed. Filing deadlines, which must not be missed, are applicable to both agencies. Defense attorneys thrive on defending meritorious employment claims by focusing in part on pre-lawsuit filing requirements and errors. At the Turk Law Firm, we effectively navigate the procedural complexity to be able to properly preserve your rights, tell your story and hold employers accountable.