Both California and United States laws ensure that your employment opportunities cannot be limited by discrimination by a supervisor or a company.

Discrimination is Always Illegal
It is illegal for a company or its employees to discriminate against prospective employees and current employees because of:

  • Race
  • National origin
  • Religion
  • Sex
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Gender
  • Age
  • Pregnancy
  • Disability
  • Whistleblowing
  • Gender Orientation

If you report your supervisor or your company for discrimination, it is illegal for either the supervisor or the company to retaliate against you. If they do, they may be liable for additional penalties.

Discrimination Is Illegal in All Areas of the Workplace
Employment discrimination is illegal in every area of employment, including:

  • Hiring and firing
  • Compensation, assignment, or classification of employees
  • Transfer, promotion, lay-off, or firing
  • Job advertisements
  • Recruitment
  • Testing
  • Use of company facilities
  • Training and apprenticeships
  • Fringe benefits
  • Pay, retirement plans, or disability leave.

Compensation for Discrimination
If you are found to be the victim of employment discrimination, your employer may owe you:

  • Back pay
  • Future pay
  • Damages
  • Being hired
  • Being promoted
  • Being reinstated
  • Reasonable accommodations made for you
  • Attorney’s fees
  • Court costs

The Cost of an Employment Discrimination Attorney
Typically, the employment discrimination attorneys at the Ganong Law take cases on a contingency basis. This means that you pay nothing until your case is resolved in your favor.

Your Time To Bring a Case is Limited
There are deadlines — statutes of limitation – on all employment discrimination cases.

The statute of limitations vary, depending on your situation. They can range from 6 months to one year from the time of the initial violation.

For the best result, it is important to contact the discrimination attorneys at Ganong Law as soon as possible for a free, no-obligation, and confidential consultation.

Employment Discrimination : Q& A

Q: I was fired because I failed the company’s drug test. I don’t do drugs at work. Isn’t this discrimination?
A: Illegal drug use is not protected by law. If the company fired you because of illegal drug use, it probably has the right to do.

Q: I just found out that the manager before me – a man – was paid more than I – a woman – am being paid. Isn’t this discrimination?
A: If you are doing the same job the previous manager was doing and he was paid more for it, you may have a discrimination case under the Equal Pay Act.

Q: I take care of my mother, who has Alzheimer’s. Recently I needed time off to move her into a long-term care facility. My employer says I have to use my vacation days. Wouldn’t Family Law Leave cover this situation?
A: It is possible that the Family Law Leave Act may cover the time you need to take off. It depends on how big the company is, the amount of time you need to take off from work, and your employer’s ability to accommodate your absence. The best thing for you to do is to contact an employment discrimination attorney to find out your legal options.

Q: A co-worker is gay. Can my manager require me to work with him?
A: Just as you cannot refuse to work with someone who is of a different race or religion than you are, you cannot refuse to work with someone just because of his or her sexual orientation.

Q: I hear a lot about whistle blowing. What is a whistleblower?
A: A whistle blower is generally an employee who reports their employer because of unsafe working conditions or for other illegal activity. If you report an employer for any of these issues, your employer is not allowed by law to retaliate by demoting or firing you.
For a free, no-obligation, and confidential consultation, contact an employment discrimination attorney at Ganong Law.

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