You have the right to be employed in a workplace free of unlawful discrimination.
Discrimination occurs when one is treated differently than another.
“But what does that mean?”
First of all, not all discrimination is illegal. Many types of favoring one over another are perfectly legal. For example, employers are free to discriminate based on credit scores, your job history, or even the color of your tie.
So what IS illegal?
Legally protected classifications are:
- DISABILITY OR A MEDICAL CONDITION
- NATIONAL ORIGIN
- SEXUAL ORIENTATION
- MILITARY SERVICE
“HOW DO I KNOW IF I’VE BEEN DISCRIMINATED AGAINST?”
Illegal harassment consists of repeated derogatory comments, unkind jokes or other unfavorable treatment (demotion, reduction in pay-even being fired) on the basis of an individual’s race, national origin, sex, age, religion or disability.
If you have been discriminated against because of legally protected activity that you said or did, that’s called RETALIATION.
THE WAYS WE CAN HELP YOU.
If it’s determined that you are a victim of unlawful workplace discrimination, we can help you in multiple ways.
# 1 We will Make It Stop. If we are retained early enough, we can sometimes convince your employer to intervene on your behalf. The offending supervisor may be fired or relocated, or if you desire, you may be moved to a different location. We’ll help you through the process, and make sure your employer follows the law throughout.
#2 Negotiate an Exit. In many discrimination cases, our clients simply want “out.” We can often negotiate an exit package that will protect your reputation as a good employee, protect your access to unemployment benefits, negotiate potential severance options and your ability to get a new job.
#3 File a Discrimination Lawsuit. If your employer is not willing to cooperate and negotiate an out-of-court resolution, a lawsuit may be in your best interest. We will discuss with you all the risks and possible benefits involved so that you will know what to expect, and decide whether or not you want to sue your employer.
One thing you CAN be sure of, Whitehead Employment Law will continuously fight for your rights every step of the way.
EVERY CONSULTATION IS FREE. Talk to Us. (949) 450-8500
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