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Workplace Discrimination Attorney

In any workplace, you should only be hired, promoted, or fired based on the quality of your work.

If you feel that you were discriminated against at work, contact an attorney to explore your options.

Workplace discrimination attorney Philip W. Ganong has helped many workers in Bakersfield, CA, stand up against discrimination.

What Is Employment Discrimination?

When an employer treats a job applicant or employee differently because of race, color, or another protected status, it is referred to as employment discrimination. Protected statuses include:

  • Race
  • Color
  • National origin, birthplace, culture, or language
  • Religion
  • Sex
  • Sexual orientation
  • Gender identity
  • Transgender status 
  • Age
  • Pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions
  • Disability
  • Whistleblowing
  • Veteran status

State and Federal Laws Protect Workers Against Discrimination

Both state and federal laws prohibit employment discrimination.

State Laws 

California Fair Employment and Housing Act: Makes it illegal for an employer to discriminate against an employee on the basis of any protected status.

Federal Laws

Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964: Prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. Title VII also prohibits sexual harassment, including requests for sexual favors and other actions that create a hostile work environment. 

Equal Pay Act of 1963: Prohibits sex-based wage discrimination.

Employment Act of 1967: Protects individuals over the age of 40 from age discrimination at work.

Title I and Title V of the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990: Prohibits discrimination against qualified individuals with disabilities. This law protects individuals in the private sector, state government, and local government, while a previous act in 1973 protected individuals with disabilities working within the federal government.

Civil Rights Act of 1991: Provides monetary damages in cases where intentional discrimination occurs.

Together, these laws protect employees of virtually any institution with more than 15 employees. 

Discrimination Is Illegal in All Areas of the Workplace

Employment discrimination is illegal in every area of employment, including:

  • Hiring and firing
  • Disciplinary actions
  • Compensation, assignment, or classification of employees
  • Transfer, promotion, layoff, or firing
  • Job advertisements
  • Recruitment
  • Testing
  • Use of company facilities
  • Training and apprenticeships
  • Fringe benefits
  • Pay, retirement plans, or disability leave
  • Other terms and conditions of employment 

The law makes harassment and retaliation illegal. It also prevents employers from making employment decisions based on stereotypes or an employee's association with an individual, such as a partner or spouse, of any protected class.

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More Information About Retaliation 

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.

Talk to an Attorney About Your Case Schedule a Free Consultation

If you or a loved one has suffered discrimination, sexual harassment, or wrongful termination by your employer, schedule a free, no-obligation consultation at Ganong Law.

Because of our outstanding service and track record of success, workers come to our Bakersfield law firm from all over California.

Our discrimination lawyer will take a close look at your case and explain your legal options during your consultation. If we are not the best team for your case, we will refer you to a trusted attorney.

Contact us online or call us at:

(661) 327-3337

Why Choose Philip Ganong as Your Workplace Discrimination Attorney

Philip Ganong has been practicing employment law for over 40 years. Here are some other reasons workers in Bakersfield and throughout California trust Philip Ganong with their employment cases:

Focused on Your Case

Ganong Law is a small law firm. We do not take on a high volume of cases. Therefore, we can focus on you and your case.

Easy Communication

Employment law is incredibly complex. We will explain your rights and legal options in easy-to-understand terms so that you can make an informed decision.

Courtroom Results

If we are unable to reach a fair resolution outside of court, we are not afraid to represent you in a trial to get you the results you deserve.

Why Pursue a Workplace Discrimination Claim?

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

If your employer is found to have committed intentional discrimination, they may be responsible for additional compensatory and punitive damages, such as damages for mental anguish or inconvenience.

How Much Does It Cost to Hire a Workplace Discrimination Attorney? 

We take on employment law cases on a contingency basis. This means that you do not owe us anything until and unless we recover compensation on your behalf.

Contact an Attorney before Time Runs Out

There are deadlines on all employment discrimination cases.

The statute of limitations varies depending on your situation, but it can range from 180 days to one year from the time of the initial violation.

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

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Ganong Law

Ganong Law has been helping clients recover compensation for nearly 40 years. Attorney Philip W. Ganong is a member of several legal organizations, including: 

  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Consumer Attorneys of California
  • Kern County Bar Association
  • The State Bar of California

To schedule your free consultation with our law firm, request an appointment online or call Ganong Law in Bakersfield at (661) 327-3337.

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