Pregnancy Discrimination

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Disability Discrimination

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Sexual Harassment

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Wage & Hour

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Los Angeles Employment Lawyers

Los Angeles Employment Lawyers Providing Counsel and Representation

If your rights at work have been violated, you should retain an experienced litigator to bring a claim against your employer. You may have many remedies that you can pursue. At the Nourmand Law Firm, we are ready to fight for your rights to the limits of state and federal laws. We represent people throughout Southern California who have been affected by sexual harassment, discrimination based on various protected traits, wage and hour violations, retaliation, or wrongful termination, among other forms of workplace misconduct. The procedural aspects of these claims can be complicated, so it is important to seek guidance from an employment attorney in the Los Angeles region who understands their nuances and can make sure that your rights are protected.

Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is prohibited in California workplaces under the Fair Employment and Housing Act, as well as Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. Most of the time, FEHA offers broader protections than Title VII, so workers often bring sexual harassment lawsuits under FEHA. Sexual harassment consists of unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature, including offensive images, touching, groping, pervasive sexualized comments, and more. Generally, sexual harassment is categorized as either quid pro quo harassment or hostile work environment harassment.

Race Discrimination

FEHA and Title VII are the two laws that prohibit race discrimination in California workplaces. Race discrimination occurs if an employer takes an adverse action against you due to your race. Adverse actions could include termination, layoffs, failure to hire, failure to promote, and harassment. Racial harassment that creates a hostile work environment may be actionable.

Sex Discrimination

It is illegal for your California employer to discriminate against you in its employment decisions based on your sex. Under FEHA and Title VII, your employer should not fire you, fail to hire you, pay you less, fail to promote you, assign you to less desirable positions, or otherwise make adverse employment decisions against you because you are a man or a woman. Greater damages are likely to be available under FEHA for sex discrimination than under Title VII, which caps damages. However, a Los Angeles employment attorney can advise you on which of these laws can better support your claim.

Pregnancy Discrimination

FEHA and the Pregnancy Discrimination Act prohibit employers from discriminating against employees due to pregnancy. Under FEHA, sex is defined to include pregnancy, related medical conditions, and breastfeeding. Additionally, California's Pregnancy Disability Leave Law requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations for employees disabled by pregnancy when their medical provider advises it. You can be disabled by pregnancy due to morning sickness or even post-partum depression, or a host of other conditions.

Disability Discrimination

FEHA is the state law that prohibits disability discrimination in the workplace. Workers may also have protection under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Under California law, a disability is a condition that restricts a major life activity. It can include a medical condition like cancer, as well as physical or psychiatric disabilities. Disability discrimination happens if your employer treats you, as a disabled but qualified job applicant or employee, adversely due to an actual disability, a perceived disability, a record of having a disability, or your relationship to someone with a disability. If you are a disabled, qualified worker, the employer must provide reasonable accommodations to you unless doing so would cause an undue hardship.

Age Discrimination

In California, both the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) and FEHA prohibit age discrimination against employees over age 40 with regard to any aspect of employment. That means that your employer cannot discriminate against you because you are over 40 with regard to job assignments, hiring, termination, promotions, compensation, benefits, or training. The ADEA applies to employers with 20 or more employees, whereas FEHA applies to employers with at least five employees. Most often, FEHA provides broader protection than the ADEA, but it is important to consult an employment lawyer in the Los Angeles area about your particular situation.

Religious Discrimination

FEHA and Title VII prohibit religious discrimination in the workplace. Under FEHA, employers cannot discriminate against you or harass you based on your actual or perceived religious creed, or your association with someone of a particular religious creed. A religious creed under FEHA includes all aspects of religious belief, including dress and grooming. For example, an employee is protected if she wears a hijab because she is Muslim. For another example, a Sikh employee is protected if he wears a turban. Beliefs that are secular or moral are not protected in this context.

National Origin Discrimination

National origin discrimination is prohibited under Title VII and FEHA. This type of discrimination occurs when an employer takes an adverse employment action against an employee based on his or her actual or perceived country of origin. It may include discrimination based on culture, heritage, accents, or ethnicity. For example, an employer that refuses to hire workers based on their nationality or that disciplines certain workers more often because of their perceived nationality may be held accountable through litigation.

Wage and Hour Law

In California, your employer must make sure that all employees are paid for overtime, receive meal and rest breaks, and are reimbursed for certain expenses. Failing to compensate an employee appropriately can give rise to wage and hour litigation. For example, in California, nonexempt adult employees are supposed to be paid overtime, which is one and half times their regular rate of pay, in any work week in which they work more than eight hours in a day or more than 40 hours in a week. Our Los Angeles employment lawyers can bring an individual claim or a class action to recover the wages that you are due.

Retaliation

California employees are protected against retaliation for engaging in protected activities under several laws, including FEHA. Retaliation is an adverse action taken by an employer because of the employee's engagement in the protected activity. The protected activity could include complaining of discrimination, whistleblowing, filing a workers' compensation claim, or assisting in an investigation or other proceedings that might expose an employer to criminal or civil liability.

Wrongful Termination

Most employment in California is at will, which means that an employee can be fired for no reason or any reason. However, there are exceptions for terminations that occur for an impermissible reason. It is illegal to be terminated due to race, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, the use of federal or state Family Medical Leave, pregnancy or maternity leave, or political affiliation. Often, wrongful termination cases are brought under FEHA.

Class Actions

Some employment lawsuits can be resolved by bringing a class action. Class actions are lawsuits brought in order to adjudicate the claims of a group of similarly situated people in a more efficient way than a lawsuit brought on behalf of one plaintiff. Generally, they permit a court to resolve lawsuits that involve common factual and legal issues. Often, they are brought in situations in which the damages for one employee might be too small to warrant legal representation, but the claims of the group make it feasible, such as when a small amount of overtime is due, but it is due to many employees of a single employer.

Consult a Knowledgeable Employment Attorney in Los Angeles

If you need to retain counsel for a dispute over your workplace rights, the Nourmand Law Firm can provide legal representation to recover the damages to which you are entitled. We provide aggressive legal representation to workers who have been harmed in Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Palm Springs, Beverly Hills, Van Nuys, Santa Ana, Newport Beach, and other areas of Los Angeles, San Diego, San Bernardino, Riverside, and Orange Counties. Call us at 800-700-WAGE (9243) or contact us through our online form to set up your appointment.

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