There is no excuse for discrimination in the workplace. Not only can it cause a hostile work environment, but it can also lead to wrongful termination. All employees in California are entitled to equal treatment under state and federal laws that protect workers from discrimination and other unfair labor practices. 

When employers make adverse decisions about their employees based on their age, race, gender, ethnicity, or sexual orientation, they can be held liable for discrimination. If you believe you were treated unfairly, contact a dedicated Sacramento workplace discrimination lawyer to discuss your legal rights and remedies

State and Federal Laws Protect Against Employment Discrimination

Various state and federal laws prohibit workplace discrimination. Employers cannot harass, retaliate, deny promotion, or terminate someone based on a protected classification. Doing so violates California law and related federal protections, including:

  • Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is a federal law that makes it illegal to discriminate against someone based on race, color, religion, national origin, or sex.
  • The Pregnancy Discrimination Act, as amended to the Civil Rights Act, protects some workers from being discriminated against based on pregnancy or childbirth.
  • The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 protects employees over 40 years old from discrimination.
  • Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act generally prohibits employment discrimination based on a disability. 

Erkel Law could explain the relevant laws and procedures for bringing a claim against an employer. 

Types of Workplace Discrimination

Under the Fair Employment and Housing Act in California, employees are protected against employment discrimination based on:

  • Age
  • Race
  • Religion
  • Sex or gender
  • National origin
  • Sexual orientation
  • Military or veteran status
  • Mental or physical disability
  • Medical condition or disability

If a Sacramento employer demotes, refuses a promotion, or terminates an employee based on the above traits, Erkel Law could assist you with filing a claim. 

Proving Workplace Discrimination

Companies and employers often know the laws protecting their workers and still allow violations to occur. Workplace discrimination can take many forms and is often difficult to prove. Some examples of discrimination might include denying someone a job or promotion due to their race, gender, age, or other protected class. 

Discrimination typically occurs in patterns; keeping track of these instances is necessary for a strong case. Anyone who believes they are experiencing unlawful discrimination should document the incidents. A dedicated Sacramento lawyer could help gather evidence of workplace discrimination for an effective claim.

Speak With a Sacramento Workplace Discrimination Attorney

Complaints of workplace discrimination should be taken seriously. The burden of proving unlawful discrimination rests on the employee, so it is crucial to hire an experienced attorney to assist you. Erkel Law has represented clients across the state in claims against their employers.

Experiencing discrimination or a hostile work environment or discrimination can be challenging, but you are not alone. Erkel Law is here to tirelessly advocate for you and your best interests. Contact Erkel Law today if you believe you were wrongfully terminated or have questions about a potential workplace discrimination case. 

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