California Discrimination Lawyer
Even in this day and age, discrimination is rampant in many areas of society, from employment to housing to school to other parts of everyday life. Discrimination refers to unfair or prejudicial treatment of a person based on a protected characteristic, such as their race, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, or pregnancy status.
Discrimination is against state and federal law. This law makes it illegal to discriminate against someone based on their protected class. It is also illegal to retaliate against someone because they complained about discrimination, filed a charge of discrimination, or participated in an employment discrimination lawsuit. The law also requires that employers reasonably accommodate the religious practices of applicants and employees, unless it would be an undue hardship to do so. Otherwise, this could be considered discrimination.
Discrimination can be a challenge, especially in the workplace. If you have been affected, contact a California discrimination lawyer from The Garza Firm. We’ll assess your case and help you understand your rights to compensation.
The Stress of Discrimination
Discrimination is a serious issue — a lot more serious than many people think. It can lead to chronic stress, which can cause various physical and mental health problems. Even perceived discrimination can cause anxiety, depression, high blood pressure, substance abuse, and other health issues.
Just being a member of a group that is often discriminated against can be stressful. For example, those who are racial minorities or individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) can face a lot of stress. When a person anticipates discrimination, they can cause themselves to suffer from chronic stress. Some people go out of their way to avoid discrimination, which can cause them to miss out on job opportunities.
How the Law Protects You
There are four federal laws that protect California residents from discrimination:
- The Fair Housing Act. This law prohibits discrimination in the housing industry. There cannot be discrimination regarding the rental, sale, and financing of homes based on a person’s race, national origin, color, sex, religion, family status, and disability.
- The Civil Rights Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. These three laws are used in employment situations. They prohibit discrimination based on sex, race, color, ethnic origin, age, and disabilities.
If you have faced discrimination in the workplace, seek legal help right away. If you have been fired, it’s recommended that you reach out to a lawyer before you sign any separation paperwork.
Contact The Garza Firm Today
Discrimination in the workplace is a stressful situation. It can lead to a lot of physical and mental health problems. You may feel constant anxiety about your job performance and whether or not you will get fired.
You should never accept discrimination. Get legal help right away by contacting The Garza Firm today. Our California discrimination lawyers can help you understand the processes for holding your employer accountable. Fill out the online form or call (949) 570-8350 to schedule a consultation today.