California law strictly prohibits an employer from discriminating against an employee on the basis of race, ethnicity, age (over 40), sex, gender, sexual orientation, religion, martial status, physical or mental disability, medical condition, and more. If an employee falls within any of these categories, the employee is in a protected class and it is unlawful for an employer to discriminate against them based on their membership in that class.
Discrimination occurs whenever an employer treats an employee negatively due to the fact that they are a part of a protected class. For example, if an employer avoids promoting an employee because of the employee’s race, that person has been discriminated against. Similarly, if an employer declines to hire someone who is middle-aged because the employer feels that they are not young enough for the job, that prospective employee has also been discriminated against. Finally, even if an employer is mistaken about an employee, for example, believing that the employee is of a certain religion when the employee is in fact not a member of that religion, and the employee is, e.g., fired because of the employer's mistaken belief, that employee has still been discriminated against.
KLF's employment attorneys work with you to determine if you have a case for discrimination. If so, your employer could be required to compensate you or take other remedial measures. We negotiate on your behalf and file a lawsuit as necessary. If we find that your employer also has violated the rights of your coworkers, we may be able to help them, too.
Contact us regardless of whether or not you are confident that your employer broke the law. We are here to help you make that determination. Based in Glendale, we represent employees in the Los Angeles area and throughout California. All consultations are free and confidential.
If you believe you may have been discriminated against and would like to speak with an attorney, we encourage you to get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling the firm at (818) 221-2800.