Irvine Discrimination Lawyer
Workplace discrimination is illegal in California. The law defines certain protected classes and characteristics, and if an employer discriminates against an employee or job applicant on that basis, they can be held legally liable for damages. This can include monetary compensation to the affected worker and other remedies, such as reinstatement if they were fired or denied a promotion.
An experienced Irvine discrimination lawyer can advise and represent you in bringing a claim against a current, former, or potential employer. At The Garza Firm, our team has more than 60 years of combined legal experience in this area of law. And we will fight for you to obtain the justice you deserve.
Do You Belong to a Protected Class?
Discrimination refers to any adverse job action taken on the basis of membership in a protected class. For example, if an employer refused to hire you for a specific job because you are Black, that is discrimination. Similarly, if your employer tends to overtly favor men over women for promotions or raises, that is also discrimination. Essentially, any decision that affects your working conditions should not be made based on a protected characteristic.
California offers some of the most expansive protections against discrimination in the United States. You can bring a discrimination claim based on any of the following:
- national origin;
- gender identity;
- gender expression;
- marital status;
- medical condition;
- physical disability;
- mental disability;
- genetic information;
- age (if you are at least 40 years old); and
- military or veteran status.
Both the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) and the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) have the authority to investigate and take legal action against an employer who commits discrimination. Normally, if you are the victim of such discrimination, you must first file a complaint with either the DFEH or the EEOC before filing a lawsuit yourself. If the appropriate agency investigates and declines to take action, it will issue you a “right to sue” letter.
If you do go to court and can prove discrimination, a judge or jury can order the offending employer to pay you monetary damages. This is compensation for such things as back wages (with interest), restoration of pay or other benefits lost due to discrimination, as well as intangible losses like emotional distress. A court may also order certain equitable remedies, such as requiring the employer to hire you or make a reasonable accommodation for your disability.
Contact The Garza Firm Today
Discrimination lawsuits are often more complicated and overwhelming than individuals realize. Most employers are reluctant to admit they broke the law and will fight discrimination charges tooth and nail. That is why it is essential to work with a skilled Irvine discrimination lawyer who has experience in this area and knows how to build a winning case. If you have been the victim of discrimination at the hands of a current, former, or prospective employer and need legal advice on what steps to take next, contact The Garza Firm today to schedule a free initial consultation.