Given the important role work plays in our lives, it can be devastating to be a victim of workplace discrimination, whether it’s harassment, wrongful termination or another illegal act. Those who are subject to such treatment can suffer serious mental, financial and even physical harm.
Fortunately, both state and federal laws are in place to prevent such workplace abuses from occurring. And when these laws are violated, employees have the right to pursue just and fair compensation under the law.
How Employment Law Works
Employment discrimination comes in many forms. Some of the most common types of discriminatory behavior engaged in by employers includes:
- Sexual harassment/hostile work environment
- Wrongful termination
- Discrimination due to race, gender, age, orientation, disability etc.
- Wage and overtime violations
- Family and Medical Leave Act violations
- California Family Rights Act violations
- Whistleblower punishment
- Pregnancy discrimination
- Unpaid wages
- Illegal demotions or discipline
Because employment law covers a wide range of ground and is subject to oversight from multiple state and federal agencies, it’s often advisable to work with an attorney. A law firm can assist you at each step of the process.
The process of pursuing litigation generally begins by filing a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing.
Victims of discrimination are asked to exhaust administrative remedies, but may also petition these agencies for an immediate right to sue. Once a right to sue letter is granted, an attorney can file a claim in California state court.
Why Employment Law Requires an Experienced Advocate
Employment litigation can be tricky, as many instances of discrimination are subtle. Employers will sometimes work to disguise illegal activity by claiming that adverse actions were the result of employee performance, the economy or other factors. An experienced attorney can play an essential role in establishing that these adverse actions were, in fact, discriminatory in nature.
By finding a law firm that specializes in the often complex realm of employment discrimination, you can help ensure that your legal interests are protected — and that you’ll be justly compensated for any illegal actions taken against you.