Discrimination Lawyer in Los Angeles
The discrimination attorneys at Rastegar Law Group work exclusively representing employees who have been legally wronged by their employers. Although our offices are located in San Diego and Los Angeles, we represent clients throughout the state of California.
If you may need a discrimination lawyer, contact us for a free and confidential case evaluation today. We charge no fee until and unless we recover for you.
Workplace discrimination can take many forms, including being denied equal pay for women, pregnancy discrimination, sexual harassment in the workplace, suffering from retaliation at work, wage and hour disputes, or even being wrongfully terminated.
Rastegar Law Group employs several experienced and knowledgeable San Diego and Los Angeles labor attorneys focusing on each of these specific employment laws concerning discrimination in the workplace, including:
- Attorneys for equal pay in California
- California wage and hour laws attorneys
- California sexual abuse attorneys
- Civil rights attorney in Los Angeles & San Diego
- Discrimination lawyer Los Angeles & San Diego
- Lawyers for wrongful termination in California
- Pregnancy discrimination attorneys in Los Angeles & San Diego
- Retaliation lawyers California
- San Diego & Los Angeles sexual harassment lawyers
- San Diego & Los Angeles labor lawyers
If you have been harassed or discriminated against at work, or otherwise have felt that your employer has violated your legal rights, contact the Los Angeles and San Diego employment attorneys at Rastegar Law Group for your free and confidential consultation today! We charge no fee until and unless we collect for you.
What Laws Protect California Workers from Discrimination in the Workplace?
There are many federal and state laws to help protect workers rights. A few of these laws include:
- Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA)
- Wage and hour laws
- Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
- Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
- Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
- National Labor Relations Act (NLRA)
- Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA)
- Title VII on workplace discrimination
- Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA)
- Whistleblower and retaliation laws
- Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN)
California has taken things a step further than the federal government and passed some of their own laws to further protect employees. Two notable California state laws to protect workers rights include the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) and the California Family Rights Act (CFRA).
The California Fair Employment and Housing Act prohibits employment discrimination based on race or color; religion; national origin or ancestry; physical disability; mental disability or medical condition; marital status; sex or sexual orientation; age, with respect to persons over the age of 40; and pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions.
The FEHA also prohibits retaliation against anyone for opposing any practice forbidden by the Act or for filing a complaint, testifying, or assisting in proceedings under the FEHA. A 1978 amendment to the act requires employers to provide an unpaid job-protected leave to employees that were disabled by pregnancy (also known as “pregnancy disability leave”) for up to four months.
The California Family Rights Act (CFRA) allows eligible employees to take up to 12 weeks of paid, or unpaid, job-protected leave during a 12 month period. During their leave time, employees are entitled to the same employer paid health benefits as when they were working. Employees may take this leave for the birth of a child or adoption or foster care placement, to care for an immediate family member that has a serious health condition, or when the employee is unable to work due to a serious health condition.
In general, California is a very employee friendly state. However, that doesn’t mean that employers are always aware of or follow the law. When workers rights are legally violated, Rastegar Law Group is here to help. If you need a San Diego or Los Angeles employment law attorney, contact us today for a free and confidential case evaluation.
What to Do If You’ve Faced Workplace Discrimination
At Rastegar Law Group, we understand how awful workplace discrimination can be and the profound impact it can make on the lives of individuals. Our discrimination lawyers are committed to compassionately working with clients to take on employers and stamping out discrimination in the workplace.
Our firm has a combined 108 years of experience in employment law. We have a wealth of knowledge of employment laws and will leverage that to get a positive outcome for our clients. If you’ve been the victim of discrimination in the workplace, we highly recommend you contact a discrimination attorney immediately. A good discrimination attorney will be able to immediately give you an idea of the types of laws that may affect your case and advise you on the best course of action for the possible filing of a workplace discrimination claim. They also will be knowledgeable about the various statute of limitations concerning your case.
How Do You File a Workplace Discrimination Complaint in California?
In the state of California, there are two agencies with which you may file a workplace discrimination claim. These two agencies are:
The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH)
The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing is a California based agency which covers employers with between 5 and 14 employees. Those types of companies would not fall under the umbrella of federal laws.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is the federal agency which investigates all complaints of harassment or discrimination in the workplace. They also make recommendations to employers who they determine to be in violation of state and federal employment laws. Typically, you must file a complaint with the EEOC to receive a “go ahead” to file a claim against an employer for workplace harassment.
The two agencies have a system in place where, if you file with one, the other will be notified and they will work together to go through claims. Provided you indicate you wish to “cross file” with both agencies, there is no need to file a claim with both.
What happens once you file a workplace discrimination complaint?
Once you file a complaint with either the EEOC or the DFEH, they then will conduct an investigation into your claim and determine whether your employer was in violation of federal or state civil law. If there is evidence to suggest there was a violation of these laws, they will notify both you and your workplace, as well as give recommended courses of action. You then will be able to file a private claim with the help of a California discrimination lawyer.
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