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Employment Discrimination In California


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Did your employer discriminate against you, harass you, or wrongfully terminate you for any of the following reasons:

Your religion, race, color, national origin, or ancestry?
Your sex, sexual orientation, marital status, or pregnancy status? 
Your age, physical or mental disability, or medical condition?


If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you may have suffered unlawful discrimination. 
Fortunately, California protects you under its Fair Housing and Employment Act (FEHA) law, as does the federal government under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”). We typically sue employers under FEHA, as it affords more protections to our clients than does Title VII. 

If you think you may have a discrimination case click here to get in touch with one of the employment attorneys at Solomon Saltsman & Jamieson.

Racial Discrimination

Racial discrimination usually takes two forms – 1) Disparate Treatment and 2) Disparate Impact

1) Disparate Treatment occurs when the employer deliberately discriminates against an employee based upon his or her race, ethnicity, skin color, or racial characteristics. 2) Disparate Impact occurs when an employer’s policies have a discriminatory impact on employees due to their race, ethnicity, skin color, or racial characteristics. Disparate treatment is usually intentional discrimination, whereas disparate impact is usually inadvertent discrimination (although this is not always the case). 

Racial discrimination may take many forms. Did your employer or co-worker: 

Ask you racially-charged questions during your interview or questions which sought to determine your race?
Make offensive jokes, statements or slurs based upon your race such that your work environment is hostile? 
Require you to work in a certain geographic area solely based upon your race?
Assign you to a certain type of position solely because of your race? 
Retaliate against you for participating in or cooperating with an investigation or lawsuit based upon a racial discrimination allegation?


Before filing a lawsuit, one usually must file a complaint with either the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (for a federal complaint) or the applicable state or local agency (for a state complaint). In certain instances, the agency will prosecute your case for you. 

If you think you may have a discrimination case click here to get in touch with one of the employment attorneys at Solomon Saltsman & Jamieson.

National Origin Discrimination

Are you being discriminated against because of where you are from, your ethnicity, with whom you associate, or your accent and mannerisms associated with where you are from? You are entitled to the same employment opportunities and workplace treatment as anyone else, irrespective of your place of origin. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (which applies to employers with 15 or more employees) protects you from “national origin” discrimination, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) is the federal agency designated to enforce this law. 

National origin discrimination may arise in several contexts. Has:

Your employer based employment decisions, including hiring and firing you, on your national origin? 
A potential employer bypassed you just because you had an accent, even though it would not have affected your job performance? 
A potential employer required you to be fluent in English and/or only speak English, even though the use of English is unnecessary to perform your job?
Your employer permitted a work environment hostile to you because of your national origin to develop or continue?