Los Angeles Discrimination Attorneys
Taking a Stand Against Workplace Discrimination
Ever since the passage of the federal Civil Rights of 1964, workplace discrimination has been unequivocally illegal in this country. Yet every year, thousands of employees in California and throughout the nation suffer discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or age.
When you’ve been the victim of workplace discrimination, it can be overwhelming to consider bringing a lawsuit against your employer – and potentially facing retaliation and abuse when you report the discrimination internally. At Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP, our dedicated employment law attorneys can help you fight against discrimination on the job. From our offices in Los Angeles, we help discrimination victims throughout California and in other states across the country.
You need a strong attorney to protect your rights. Call our team at (866) 634-4525 or contact us online to discover what makes our firm different.
Key Elements of a Discrimination Claim
To file an employment discrimination claim, you must first show that you belong to a protected class — meaning a minority group that is protected by civil rights law. Additionally, the discrimination must have occurred because of your membership in the protected class. California enjoys a wider range of protections than most states, but you still cannot claim discrimination unless you suffered negative effects directly related to your status as a protected minority. For example, under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), only people age 40 and older may claim discrimination based on age.
In California, protected categories include:
- Race, color, and national origin
- Sex, including pregnancy status, sexual orientation, and gender identity
- Religious and political beliefs
- Marital status
- Disabilities, medical conditions, and genetic information
- Citizenship status or activities (such as jury duty)
Discrimination can take many forms, so it’s important to review your case with a qualified employment law attorney and see exactly what your options are. The law protects employees and job seekers from discrimination in hiring, firing, transfer, promotion, pay, training, advancement, and other work-related opportunities.
Understanding the Unruh Civil Rights Act
In the state of California, you also have protection against discrimination by business establishments, under the California Unruh Civil Rights Act. This act protects people from discrimination in housing and public accommodations, such as restaurants and theaters, on the basis of protected characteristics
Business covered under the Unruh Civil Rights Act:
- Hotels, motels, and resorts
- Theaters and restaurants
- Salons, barbers, and beauty shops
- Hospitals, clinics, and medical care providers
- Non-profit organizations with a business purpose
- Public government agencies
- Housing, public and otherwise
Record-Setting Discrimination Verdicts for Our Clients
Our Los Angeles workplace discrimination team at Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP, has taken a strong stand against discrimination of all kinds. In fact, we won $1.14 million in the largest racial discrimination verdict in Orange County history on behalf of an African-American client who was terminated after purchasing a home in his white employer’s neighborhood. Because his employer did not want to live in an integrated community and was racially motivated in his retaliatory actions at work, our client suffered direct harm – and we were glad to secure fair compensation for his losses.
We have also represented many clients whose employers retaliated against them for complaining about workplace discrimination. For example, we once settled a major discrimination lawsuit against Hewlett Packard, securing $1 million for a client who was fired after complaining about racial discrimination and sexual harassment.
If you believe you have been the victim of illegal discrimination or if you are a referring attorney seeking a skilled group of trial lawyers, please contact Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP. From our offices in Santa Monica, we consult with attorneys nationwide, as well as represent clients in Los Angeles and throughout Southern California and the entire state.
Call (866) 634-4525 or contact us online for a free consultation with our attorneys.
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