California is the most ethnically diverse state in the U.S., a fact that is reflected in work forces across the state. A diverse work force provides organizations with numerous advantages, including a greater range of training, skills and capabilities. However, a diverse work force also can be a breeding ground for workplace discrimination.
Federal and state laws prohibit discrimination in the workplace based on a person's sex, race, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, age, religion, marital status or pregnancy. In addition, state laws prohibit workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and identity, having AIDS or being HIV-positive, a medical condition, military or veteran status, and status as a victim of domestic violence, assault or stalking.
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Workplace discrimination can occur in many ways. On one end of the spectrum, there is overt harassment in the form of comments or actions from co-workers or supervisors that are racist, sexist or otherwise inappropriate. Other acts of discrimination are more subtle but equally egregious. Examples include disciplinary actions, negative performance reviews, or being passed over for pay raises or promotions.
We Fight For Workers Who Have Experienced Discrimination
If you are the victim of workplace discrimination, the Law Offices of Kathleen P. Clack in Fresno is prepared to be a strong advocate in your pursuit of justice. Attorney Kathleen P. Clack is an experienced employment law attorney with a thorough knowledge of the federal and state statutes that prohibit discrimination. These include:
- Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
- Civil Rights Act
- Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
- Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA)
- Equal Pay Act
Filing Your Discrimination Claim
To pursue a discrimination lawsuit, a victim must file a claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) within 300 days of the discriminatory act. California workers also have the option of filing a claim with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) within one year of a discriminatory act. These two agencies cooperate with each other to process claims, so there is no need to file a claim with both.
Remedies may include compensatory and punitive damages.
These cases are complex, in large part because the employee must prove that he or she has been discriminated against. It is critical to enlist the services of an experienced discrimination lawyer like Ms. Clack.
Let Us Review Your Case
Many workers are hesitant to pursue discrimination lawsuits because they are uncertain whether they have a strong enough case, or they fear retaliation by their employer. We will review the facts of your case and provide a candid assessment. We also have the means to protect you against further harassment or retaliation. Call 559-554-1507 or use our online contact form to schedule a consultation.