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Experienced Employment Discrimination Attorneys in Pasadena, California

At Romero Law, our skilled Pasadena discrimination attorneys know how difficult it can be for

California employees to enforce their workplace rights, when they are not sure if they are being violated.

Unfortunately, discrimination is often disguised as a misunderstanding or other excuses, which undermines our clients’ abilities to pursue damages for their mistreatment.

Our Pasadena Employment Law Attorneys focus on providing customized legal solutions for those who have been discriminated against for their inclusion in a protected category, as outlined by both the federal Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the California Civil Rights Department.

No matter your workplace position, employer, or industry, you are entitled to work in a safe environment, free from inequality and bias. We want to help ensure that is true. And if it is not, we will help you aggressively fight for the damages you have endured.

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Which Categories are Protected from Employment Discrimination in California?

Both federal and California laws prohibit discrimination based on many important categories.

In California, the laws prohibit workplace discrimination based on a person’s:

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  • Age, when the employee is 40 or older
  • Ancestry or national origin
  • Gender, gender identity, or gender expression
  • Marital status
  • Medical conditions
  • Mental or physical disabilities
  • Military or veteran status
  • Race or color
  • Religion or creed
  • Sex, which includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, or related medical conditions
  • Sexual orientation

If you have been unfairly treated in the workplace for possessing one or more of the protected characteristics or beliefs, contact our skilled employment discrimination attorney in Pasadena today to discuss your legal rights and options to hold your employer liable for your damages.

What Behaviors Fall Under California’s Workplace Discrimination Laws?

California state law bars discrimination in all business practices, including those that apply to:

  • Advertisements
  • Applications, screening, and interviews
  • Hiring, transferring, promoting, terminating, or separating employees
  • Working conditions, including compensation
  • Participation in a training or apprenticeship program, employee organization, or union

If you have been impacted by workplace discrimination, the law protects your right to pursue your employer for their unlawful behavior, or for allowing discrimination to take place under their leadership. We can help you understand which discrimination laws apply to your workplace circumstances during a free consultation. Contact us today to learn more.

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Are All California Employers Required to Enforce Anti-Discrimination Laws?

Federal anti-discrimination laws do not prevent state or local governments from adopting laws that provide employees with equal or greater protections. ⁠

This means California employers are required to comply with the laws that create the highest standards, including the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), which applies to public and private employers, labor organizations, and employment agencies.

FEHA states:

It is illegal for employers of five or more employees to discriminate against job applicants and employees because of a protected category or retaliate against them because they have asserted their rights under the law.

That protection extends to

  • Applicants
  • Employees
  • Unpaid interns or volunteers
  • Contractors

It is important to note that harassment is prohibited in all workplaces, even those with fewer than five employees.

If you believe you are being harassed (will link to page after it is approved) or discriminated against in your California workplace, we want to help you enforce the laws that impact your rights to work in a safe, non-hostile environment, so you can get back to work without worry. Contact our Pasadena employment discrimination attorneys today to schedule a free consultation to discuss your workplace circumstances, so you can get the help you need and take back control of your life.

What Types of Legal Remedies are Available During California Workplace Discrimination Claims?

In California, our state laws provide for a variety of remedies for victims of employment discrimination, including:

  • Past Lost Earnings
  • Future Lost Earnings
  • Promotion
  • Hiring / Reinstatement
  • Policy Changes
  • Training
  • Reasonable Accommodation(s)
  • Damages for Emotional Distress
  • Punitive Damages
  • Attorney’s Fees and Costs
  • Out-of-Pocket Expenses

You do not have to dread going to work each day for the fear of being subjected to discrimination. We can help you pursue the legal remedies that fit your unique needs, so you can move forward with confidence.

Contact Our Skilled Employment Discrimination Attorneys in Pasadena, California Today

Contact our experienced Los Angeles County discrimination attorneys at Romero Law to discuss your unique workplace circumstances today.

Our employment law firm and bilingual staff offer services in both English and Spanish and are available now to discuss your case during a free consultation by calling 626-396-9900 or contacting us online.

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How do I know if my employer is discriminating against me due to my disability, age, race, gender, or other protected characteristic?

Discrimination can be overt or subtle. If you experience adverse employment actions or differential treatment due to a protected characteristic, you may have a discrimination claim. An employment lawyer can help you assess the situation.

What constitutes employment discrimination?

Employment discrimination refers to unfair or unequal treatment of employees based on certain protected characteristics, such as race, gender, age, disability, religion, or national origin. It can manifest in various forms, including hiring, firing, promotions, pay, and job assignments.

How can I recognize if I am a victim of employment discrimination?

If you believe you are being treated unfairly at work due to your protected characteristics, you might be a victim of employment discrimination. Signs include sudden negative changes in your employment status, receiving different treatment than colleagues, or experiencing discriminatory comments or actions.

What laws protect employees from discrimination?

Several federal and state laws safeguard employees from discrimination, such as the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). California has its own set of anti-discrimination laws that provide additional protection.

How do I file a discrimination complaint?

To file a discrimination complaint, start by documenting the incidents and gathering evidence. Then, file a complaint with the appropriate agency, such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) at the federal level or the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) at the state level. Consulting with an employment discrimination attorney can guide you through the process.

What damages can I recover in an employment discrimination lawsuit?

If successful in an employment discrimination lawsuit, you may be entitled to various damages, including back pay, front pay, compensatory damages for emotional distress, punitive damages (in certain cases), and attorney fees. The specific damages depend on the nature and severity of the discrimination.

How long do I have to file a discrimination claim?

The timeframe for filing a discrimination claim varies. In California, generally, you have one year from the date of the alleged discrimination to file with the DFEH. Federal claims with the EEOC typically must be filed within 180 days, but this can be extended to 300 days if a state agency enforces a similar law.

Can an employer retaliate against me for filing a discrimination complaint?

No, it is illegal for employers to retaliate against employees for asserting their rights. If you experience retaliation, you may have a separate legal claim. Document any retaliatory actions, and consult with Romero Law, APC to explore your options.

Can I pursue a discrimination claim if I am still employed?

Yes, you can pursue a discrimination claim while still employed. It's essential to document incidents and gather evidence to support your case. Consulting with Romero Law, APC will help you navigate the process while minimizing potential risks to your current employment.

How long does an employment discrimination case typically take?

The duration of an employment discrimination case varies based on factors such as complexity, the willingness of parties to settle, and court schedules. Romero Law, APC works diligently to resolve cases efficiently while ensuring thorough preparation to maximize the chances of a favorable outcome.

What is disability discrimination in the workplace?

Disability discrimination in the workplace occurs when an employer treats an employee or job applicant unfavorably because of their disability. This can include various aspects such as hiring, firing, job assignments, promotions, and other terms and conditions of employment.

How is disability defined in the context of employment law?

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a person with a disability is someone who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, has a record of such impairment, or is regarded as having such an impairment.

What are the protected statuses in California?

California law prohibits discrimination based on various protected statuses, including race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, disability, medical condition, and age. These protections extend to employment, housing, and public accommodations, fostering a diverse and inclusive environment. If you believe your rights have been violated, seek legal advice promptly.

How long do I have to file a disability discrimination claim?

The time limit to file a disability discrimination claim can vary. Generally, it is advisable to file with the EEOC or DFEH within 180 days from the date of the alleged discrimination. However, specific circumstances may extend this deadline.

What is pregnancy discrimination, and how is it defined in California?

Pregnancy discrimination occurs when an employer treats a woman unfavorably due to pregnancy, childbirth, or a medical condition related to pregnancy or childbirth. In California, it is prohibited under state and federal laws, including the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) and the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA).

Can I be fired or penalized for taking maternity leave?

No, under the law, you cannot be terminated or penalized for taking maternity leave. Both state and federal laws protect employees taking maternity leave, ensuring job security and the right to return to the same or a comparable position after the leave period.

Can I face retaliation for asserting my rights against pregnancy discrimination?

No, retaliation for asserting your rights is strictly prohibited. If you experience any form of retaliation, it's essential to document the incidents and seek legal advice promptly. The law protects employees from adverse actions for asserting their rights under pregnancy discrimination laws.

What steps should I take if I believe I am a victim of pregnancy discrimination?

If you believe you are a victim of pregnancy discrimination, document the incidents, gather evidence, and promptly report the issue to your employer's HR department. Seeking legal advice from a pregnancy discrimination attorney can help you navigate the legal process and protect your rights.

What should I do if I face harassment related to my pregnancy at work?

Document instances of harassment, report them to your employer's HR department promptly and seek legal advice. Employers have to address and prevent harassment, ensuring a safe and respectful workplace for all employees.

How long do I have to file a pregnancy discrimination claim?

The time limit to file a pregnancy discrimination claim varies. In California, you generally have one year from the date of the alleged discrimination to file a complaint with the DFEH. It's advisable to consult with an attorney promptly to understand and meet any applicable deadlines.

What constitutes racial discrimination?

Racial discrimination occurs when an individual is treated unfairly or harassed based on their race, color, ethnicity, or national origin. In California, this is prohibited by various state and federal laws, including the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.

How can I identify if I am a victim of racial discrimination at my workplace?

Signs of racial discrimination can manifest in various ways, such as unequal treatment, offensive comments, denial of opportunities, or unjust disciplinary actions. If you believe you are experiencing discrimination, it's essential to document incidents, gather evidence, and seek legal advice promptly.

Why should I consult Romero Law, APC for racial discrimination issues?

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