Los Angeles Discrimination Attorney
Justice for Victims of Workplace Discrimination
Have you been discriminated against in the workplace due to your age, race, gender, national origin, or a disability? The Los Angeles discrimination lawyers at Feldman Browne Olivares provide skilled legal representation for clients facing workplace discrimination. We are honored to have three attorneys recognized with inclusion on the Super Lawyers® list multiple years in a row.
Let us help you take legal action against discrimination in the workplace. Contact us online or call our law firm at (310) 984-1415 to set up an appointment for a free consultation.
Discrimination Violates the Law
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 provides federal employment law protections against workplace discrimination. The California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) protects against discrimination based on race, gender, sexual orientation, and other protected characteristics. The law prohibits employers from harassing, demoting, failing to promote, terminating, or otherwise harassing an employee based on protected characteristics.
We advocate for Southern California employees in all types of discrimination cases, including:
- Age discrimination
- Race discrimination and racial harassment
- Gender discrimination, including sexual harassment
- Pregnancy discrimination
- National origin discrimination
- Disability discrimination
- Wrongful termination resulting from discrimination
If you were refused employment, denied a promotion, harassed, or otherwise discriminated against, seek the advice of an attorney. You may be entitled to damages related to the discrimination, such as lost pay, emotional distress, and punitive damages. Our discrimination attorneys in Los Angeles have represented many clients in discrimination cases.
Types of Discrimination
Discrimination comes in many forms. Primarily, there is “disparate treatment” and “disparate impact” discrimination.
“Disparate treatment” involves employer actions, that target an employee because of a protected characteristic. Examples include only older workers are laid off or only males are promoted.
“Disparate impact” involves employer policies that have an unequal adverse effect on a protected class. Examples include a company policy of counting all absences and leaves against seniority. This can have a greater adverse impact on women who have to take medical leave for pregnancy.
Discrimination can also come in the form of creating a hostile work environment for those in a protected class. Some examples of hostile work environment discrimination include:
- Demeaning statements regarding an employee's race, gender, or other protected characteristic
- Offensive jokes about protected categories of people
- The use of slurs, insensitive terms, or insults
- Displaying sexual or racist pictures in the workplace
- Interference with an employee's work
How to File a Lawsuit for Discrimination
Before filing a discrimination lawsuit, you must first file a charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The EEOC will look over your case and attempt to find a remedy with you and your employer.
At the end of this process, the EEOC will issue you a Right to Sue letter. This letter allows you to pursue your lawsuit in court if the EEOC's remedy is not sufficient.
There are several important deadlines to meet when filing a discrimination charge. It is therefor important to reach out to an attorney as soon as possible if you are facing discrimination. At Feldman Browne Olivares, we can help you with filing your charge with the EEOC, and with starting your lawsuit.
Preparing Your Case with our Employment Discrimination Lawyers
The evidence for a discrimination case may be circumstantial, rather than a smoking gun that proves the fault of the employer. Our attorneys use a combination of circumstantial evidence and direct evidence to raise an inference of discrimination.
Because each situation is unique, we recommend speaking to an attorney to get advice for your specific situation. We take the time to investigate your situation, gather evidence, and prepare a strong case to back up your discrimination claims.