From narcissistic managers and obvious favoritism to inconsistent policies and impossible expectations, there are countless ways a company can foster a toxic work environment. If you dread going to work every day because any of the above sounds familiar, it may be in your best interests to start looking for another job.
If discrimination is part of the hostile work environment in which you have found yourself, though, you may have grounds for a lawsuit against your employer. In the state of California, certain classes of people are protected from discrimination, pursuant to the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA).
The FEHA applies to both private and public employers, as well as employment agencies and labor organizations. If you think your employer violated the FEHA and you want to hold them accountable, contact the Law Office of Joel W. Baruch, P.C.
Our seasoned attorneys have litigated more than 200 trials, and we currently have 22 verdicts and settlements in excess of $1 million. Call 949-864-9662 to schedule a case evaluation with an Irvine discrimination lawyer.
Who Is Protected from Discrimination in the Workplace in California?
In the state of California, it is illegal for companies and organizations that employ five or more individuals to discriminate against candidates or current employees on the basis of certain qualities. It is also illegal for employers to retaliate against employees for asserting the rights that FEHA grants them.
Additionally, harassing individuals who belong to a protected class is prohibited. This includes employees, applicants, volunteers, interns, and contractors and applies to all employers, including those who have fewer than five workers.
According to the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, employers cannot discriminate against individuals based on:
- Race or color;
- Ancestry or national origin;
- Religion or creed;
- Mental or physical disabilities;
- Sex or gender, including pregnancy and breastfeeding status;
- Sexual orientation;
- Gender expression or gender identity;
- A medical condition;
- Any genetic information;
- Marital status; or
- Military/veteran status.
How Long Do You Have to File a Complaint Regarding Discrimination in the Workplace?
If you feel as though your employer has discriminated against you based on any of the above, you should talk to an employment law attorney as soon as possible. In the state of California, employees typically have just one year from the date of the alleged incident to file a complaint.
Even those who plan on bringing a discrimination lawsuit against their employer must file a complaint with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing. In their complaint, they can request an immediate “right to sue” notice if they wish to go to court.
If you were the victim of discrimination in the workplace and you want to sue the company, an Irvine employment law attorney can guide you through every stage of the claims process. Turn to the Law Office of Joel W. Baruch, P.C. to discuss your case and determine the most strategic way to proceed.
Call 949-864-9662 to schedule a consultation. If you want to learn more about employment law in California, visit USAttorneys.com.