What You Need To Know About Discrimination In The Workplace
If you believe you have been wrongly terminated or otherwise discriminated against at work because of one of your protected rights, you may have grounds for a discrimination case. Labor laws are notoriously complex and subject to change, so it is critical that you choose a lawyer with considerable experience in employment law and workplace discrimination.
Q. What Is Considered Discrimination?
A. Workplace discrimination can manifest in many ways. If you are passed over for a promotion, paid less than co-workers, sexually harassed or otherwise treated differently because of your status within a protected class, you may be a victim of workplace discrimination. While discrimination laws vary from state to state, federal laws prevent employers from discriminating against or terminating employees on the basis of race, sex, color, pregnancy status, religious affiliation, country of origin, disability or genetics.
Q. What Must I Prove To Win A Discrimination Lawsuit?
A. For your discrimination lawsuit to prove successful, you must provide evidence of the following:
- That you were employed or hired for employment when the discriminatory action occurred
- That a negative action was taken against you
- That the negative action was taken because of your status within a protected class
- That you were harmed by the discriminatory action or wrongful termination
If you have not already done so, be sure to write down as much specific information as possible about the discriminatory action taken against you. You should include specific dates whenever possible.
Q. Is There A Statute Of Limitations For Filing A Workplace Discrimination Complaint?
A. Yes. Employees who believe they were discriminated against must generally file a complaint within a specified amount of time from the date the perceived discriminatory action took place. States have different time constraints, however, and we can help you determine the statute of limitations relevant to your particular claim.
Protect Your Workplace Rights
The Law Offices of Todd M. Friedman, P.C., has locations in Beverly Hills and Santa Ana, California, as well as throughout the United States. If you believe you have been treated unfairly at work, you have limited time to take action. Call or contact us via our convenient online form.