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San Francisco Discrimination Lawyer

California’s employment laws ban discriminatory treatment of a job applicant or employee due to their race, color, age, religion, national origin, gender/sex, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, national origin, disability, military or veteran status, as well as marital status. The law prohibits discrimination in any aspect of employment, including hiring, firing, pay, job assignments, promotions, layoff, training, fringe benefits, and any other term or condition of employment.

Employment practices and policies that apply to all employees may be illegal if they have a negative impact on the employment of members of a particular class, and the practice or policy does not have a bona fide purpose as it relates to the operation of the specific business.

If you believe that you have been discriminated against in the workplace, you may be entitled to receive compensation under California employment laws. To learn about your legal rights, it’s essential that you reach out to an experienced San Francisco discrimination lawyer as soon as possible.

What is Workplace Discrimination?

Workplace discrimination happens when an individual or group of individuals is discriminated against due to specific protected characteristics. For instance, the law prohibits an employer from refusing to hire a job candidate because their spouse is disabled, and they are worried that the candidate’s caregiving responsibilities may interfere with their work duties. Doing so would be considered discrimination under the law, even though the job candidate is not a disabled party.

Workplace discrimination can occur based on one or more of the following factors:

  • Race
  • Color
  • National Origin/Ancestry
  • Physical & Mental Disability
  • Age (over 40)
  • Medical Condition
  • Genetic Information
  • Sex/Gender – (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical or health conditions)
  • Gender identity and expression
  • Sexual Orientation (including perceived sexual orientation)
  • Religious Creed
  • Marital Status
  • Military and Veteran Status
  • Association with someone in one of these categories

Discrimination and harassment is also prohibited when it is based on certain protected conduct, including:

  • Reporting discrimination or harassment
  • Requesting reasonable accommodations for a disability
  • Reporting or refusing to participate in unethical or unlawful conduct
  • Requesting or taking certain types of protected leaves of absence
  • Lawful activities outside of work

California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) prohibits basing employment decisions on protected characteristics or conduct, including when making decisions about hiring, firing, and any other employment actions.

What to do If You Face Workplace Discrimination

Each year, thousands of Californians are subjected to workplace discrimination. Discrimination based on an employee’s protected characteristic is expressly against the law, and you can take legal action to hold your employer accountable for their actions and to ensure that your rights are protected. If you feel you are being discriminated against in the workplace, take these steps:

  • Keep a detailed record of the offensive actions, including any related emails or other documents
  • Consider speaking to your employer to see if their actions can be handled without escalation
  • Contact a San Francisco discrimination attorney for help as soon as possible
  • Be mindful of potential retaliation by your employer

A San Francisco Discrimination Lawyer Can Help Seek Justice on Your Behalf

Workplace discrimination is illegal and requires the attention and advocacy of a skilled San Francisco discrimination attorney. At the Law Office of Jeannette A. Vaccaro, we know how workplace discrimination can impact your emotions, confidence, and career, and this is a driving force behind the tireless work we do to make things right for our clients. Contact us today to schedule a workplace discrimination case consultation to determine your next best steps.

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Jeannette is passionate about employee rights. She fights to shed light on injustices and to help her clients move beyond troubling times. Contact Jeannette today for a free case evaluation.

Jeannette A. Vaccaro is a Passionate and zealous advocate, representing employees in all facets of employment law.

Think You May Have A Case?

Jeannette is passionate about employee rights. She fights to shed light on injustices and to help her clients move beyond troubling times. Contact Jeannette today for a free case evaluation.

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