Discrimination Is Not Your Fault, And It Is Illegal
Discrimination in employment can take many forms. Generally, it occurs when an employee is singled out and treated differently because of certain characteristics they have. Anyone with these characteristics is considered to be a member of a protected class of persons. The most common protected classes include:
- National origin
- Sexual orientation
Any adverse action related to hiring, firing, disciplining or demoting an employee that is based on their inclusion in a protected class of workers is discriminatory and illegal. Retaliation, which often takes the form of punishing an employee for reporting discrimination and/or harassment, is also illegal.
Are You A Victim of Racial Discrimination Or Harassment?
California has a racially diverse workforce, including Hispanic, African American and Asian American workers. Sadly, these groups frequently suffer both discrimination and harassment in the workplace. Examples of illegal harassment and discrimination include:
- Racial/cultural jokes and stereotypes
- Use of offensive racial slurs
- Getting paid less than other employees for the same work
- Mockery about being an immigrant or struggling to speak English (regardless of your citizenship status)
- Being denied your workplace rights and protections because you “don’t know any better”
You don’t have to tolerate this illegal and offensive behavior for fear of losing your job. If you’ve been a victim of harassment and discrimination, contact our office to learn more about your rights and legal options.
Four Facts About Sexual Harassment
Despite many laws designed to prevent sexual harassment from occurring in the workplace, it can and does still happen. Unwelcome sexual advances and requests for sexual favors are not the only forms it can take. Other verbal, written, gestured or physical conduct and/or contact can give rise to a sexual harassment claim. Additionally, it is interesting to note that:
- Harassment can happen to a man or a woman.
- The harasser can be a supervisor, co-worker or even a non-employee such as a regular customer.
- Harassment does not have to mean you suffered lost wages.
- Same-sex harassment has become more reported.
If you have had frequent and severe unwanted sexual behavior at work, it may be in your best interest to speak with an attorney about what is happening.
Do Not Hesitate To Speak With An Employment Law Attorney
At Tuttle & McCloskey, PC, our attorneys have decades of experience helping employees receive fair wages and fair treatment. Call us at 559-500-3393 or complete our online contact form, and we will respond to you promptly.