When your boss treats you badly or unfairly, you may wonder if the treatment qualifies as discrimination and what your rights are. Not all unfair treatment is discrimination, but getting a legal opinion can dispel any confusion you may have. If you believe you are experiencing discrimination at work, attorneys in Los Angeles can review your situation and discuss the prospects of pursuing legal action if they believe it is warranted.
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination in the workplace based on race, color, religion, sex and national origin. Other federal laws passed since Title VII also prohibit discrimination based on age, disability and retaliation. Additionally, California state law prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation. The law considers these categories (race, religion, sex, color, national origin, age, disability, etc.) protected classes. When harassment at work involves verbal or physical conduct because of a protected class status, it may be discrimination if it constitutes the following:
- Conduct that is severe enough or consistent enough to create a hostile work environment
- Employer harassment that results in an observable change in the employee’s work benefits or status, such as no promotion, demotion or job termination
Examples of sexual harassment may include leering, unwanted touching, lewd jokes, or sending sexually suggestive emails or images. Making derogatory comments about a worker’s religious beliefs or belittling comments about skin color are other examples.
If you face discrimination at work, employment discrimination attorneys can provide legal advice and help you file a discrimination claim.
The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker represents clients in discrimination issues to help them recover compensation for damages. Find out how we can help.