Discrimination is not only wrong, it is illegal. Fortunately, there are both state and federal laws that protect employees. As the employee, you cannot control if discrimination happens to you, but you can familiarize yourself with the general types of discrimination and take appropriate legal action. Each employment-related law contains different protections, definitions, penalties, and mechanisms for enforcement. The experienced legal counsel at Kingsley & Kingsley can guide you through your specific case.
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:
- Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) – people with a disability, a record of a disability, or who are regarded as having a disability
- Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) – pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions must be treated the same as any other medical condition with respect to leave policies, health insurance, job assignments, etc.
The conduct may not be open and obvious, but rather is often kept quiet or concealed. The employer may even attempt to justify the discrimination by inaccurately depicting your job performance as below standard. This is not acceptable.
If you are in one of the protected classes when the inappropriate conduct takes place, and it is serious enough to have an adverse effect on you, then speaking with legal counsel is the right step to take. You may feel self-doubt or want to wait, but often waiting simply allows further discrimination to occur and can sometimes affect your legal rights. Do not allow this illegal and hurtful activity to continue. Contact Kingsley & Kingsley to discuss your specific situation and protect yourself.
The California lawyers with Kingsley & Kingsley have the experience, ability, and desire to successfully navigate the legal process with you. For a free initial consultation, don’t hesitate to call our toll free number (888) 500-8469 or click here to contact us regarding your case.