It is common for employees to feel that they have been discriminated against or subjected to harassment of kind. It is important to remember that it is not unlawful for an employer or for other employees to dislike or snub you, but it is unlawful for them to overtly discriminate against you because of age, gender, race or religion. Unlawful discrimination may take the form of demoting you, failing to promote you, giving you less favorable work conditions than other workers (such as by assigning you to work alone in a basement) or terminating you.
How can you prove that an employer’s ill treatment or firing of you was for one of these illegal reasons?
- Because you are over 40 years old
- Because you are disabled — although the employer failed to provide reasonable accommodations that would have allowed you to perform despite your disability
- Because the employer perceived you to be disabled, even if you are not
- Because of your race, color, national origin, religion or sex
- Because you reported sexual harassment on the job
- Because you are married or not married, or because you are, were or might be pregnant
- Because of your status as a veteran of the armed forces
- Because you serve in the National Guard or after you were called to active duty and were terminated while on duty
An experienced employment lawyer can help. If you believe you were fired because you are Hispanic, African-American, Muslim, HIV positive, female, male, same sex-oriented or recently returned from service in Iraq or Afghanistan, talk to an employment law attorney. Were you harassed on the job or discharged from working in a vineyard because you speak Spanish, and your employer was afraid you might be an illegal Mexican immigrant — although you are, in fact, a permanent resident or citizen of the U.S.? Talk to a California discrimination attorney about how to pursue compensation, including legal fee coverage, from an employer who has practiced illegal harassment or discrimination.