Discrimination and harassment are wrong. Fortunately, there are both state and federal laws that protect employees but you must take action. It is important to note that each employment-related law contains different protections, definitions, penalties, and mechanisms for enforcement.
State and federal laws protect employees from being discriminated against based on a variety of characteristics. Employment discrimination refers to more than just hiring and firing and encompasses nearly every employment decision, from applications and interviews to assignments and transfers, promotions, pay, and benefits. The major laws and classes they protect include:
Sexual harassment can occur when a supervisor demands sexual favors from a subordinate in return for positive job treatment (or threats of negative consequences if the employee refuses to comply). Sexual harassment need not only be based on this type of quid pro quo activity:
Any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature which is so severe and pervasive that it creates a hostile work environment is also considered illegal harassment. In addition, it is not just a supervisor who can create a hostile environment – co-workers and even customers can create this atmosphere through inappropriate touching, obscene talk or gestures, graffiti, etc. This type of harassment can be perpetrated by females upon males as well as vice versa, and even among members of the same sex.
The labor and employment law attorneys at Kingsley & Kingsley are well-versed in representing employees throughout California who have been the victim of employment discrimination and harassment. Our lawyers represent employees in civil litigation in state and federal courts, and in mediations and administrative hearings before boards and commissions such as the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
Given each employment-related law contains different protections, definitions, penalties, and mechanisms for enforcement, it is beneficial to contact a qualified employment law attorney for advice. The California lawyers with Kingsley & Kingsley have a wealth of experience fighting for victims of discrimination and harassment. To have an attorney evaluate your claim, contact our firm today for a free initial consultation.
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