Q: Are there laws protecting me from workplace discrimination?
A: There are several Federal and State laws that protect employees from employment discrimination. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA), Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA), and California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) are some of the laws that prohibit employment discrimination.
Q: What actions are prohibited by these laws?
A: Under aforementioned Federal and State laws, covered employers are prohibited from harassing and/or discriminating against employees because of race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, ancestry, mental and physical disability, medical condition, age, pregnancy, denial of medical and family care leave, or pregnancy disability leave.
Q: How will I know if I am already being discriminated in my workplace?
A: Some of the instances that are considered discriminatory include being deprived of deserved promotion, demotion, and termination due to your race, national origin, disability, age, pregnancy, etc.
Q: Are there any government agencies that can help me?
A: The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) are mandated to help victims of workplace discrimination. If you have experienced or are experiencing discrimination in employment, you may file a complaint with these agencies.
Q: What legal actions can I take if I am a victim of employment discrimination?
If you were discriminated in the workplace, the best step you can do is to consult with an experienced employment lawyer. Your attorney will be the one to help you sort out your case, represent you in all legal matters related to your claim, and ensure that you will get the justice you deserve.
Q: Will I get any compensation if I win my employment case?
A: It common for employment discrimination victims to receive monetary damages for pain and suffering, back pay, and legal fees from the liable employer or entity.