Orange County Employment Lawyer
Standing Up for Your Rights On the Job
Have you been mistreated at work? The Orange County employment lawyer at The Soliman Firm, PLC can help you uphold the rights you are entitled to in the workplace. Employees seek legal advice regarding discrimination when they are denied a promotion, demoted, or terminated and the employee believes this decision was based on a factor other than job performance. Federal and state laws protect employees from illegal job discrimination. If you believe you have suffered discrimination at work, you may be able to obtain compensation and seek justice for the wrongs you have suffered.
The employer will often try to justify the employment decision on a non-discriminatory reason, such as poor performance in the workplace. It requires an experienced discrimination attorney to investigate all the facts to determine whether California or federal laws against discrimination in the workplace have been violated. We have what it takes to defend your rights.
We are also here for anyone who has been sexually harassed or wrongfully terminated at work. Our legal team stands ready to provide the representation and guidance you need.
Types of Workplace Discrimination
As is the unfortunate case in many other environments, the workplace can be rife with discriminatory practices, whether intentional or not. Regardless of the reasoning, there is never an excuse for discrimination. If you have been mistreated at work for an aspect of yourself that you can’t control
Discrimination in employment can occur due to many reasons, including the following:
- Marital status
- Mental or physical disability
- Sexual orientation
Federal Workplace Discrimination Law
There have been numerous federal statutes over the years which have prohibited all kinds of discrimination. These include the following:
- The Equal Pay Act of 1963: This act prohibited wage discrimination based on gender.
- The Civil Rights Act of 1964: This act states that employers cannot discriminate against their employees based on their race, skin color, religion, age, sex, gender, disability, or national origin.
- The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967: Prohibits discrimination against employees aged 40 and up.
- The Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978: Bars employment discrimination due to pregnancy, childbirth, or any health conditions associated with childbearing.
- The Immigration Reform & Control Act of 1986: Prohibits discrimination in the workplace based on where someone is from or their citizenship status.
- The Older Worker’s Benefits Protection Act of 1990: This act prohibited age discrimination concerning employee benefits.
- The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990: Prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities if they are as equally qualified to do a job as other employees.
- The Civil Rights Act of 1991: This act granted victims of workplace discrimination the right to recover damages.
- The Notification & Federal Employee Anti-Discrimination and Retaliation Act of 2002: This act made it so that employers in the federal government can be held accountable for violations of discrimination laws.
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People of any gender identity can be victims of sexual harassment in the workplace. In California, over 86% of people who identify as female and 53% of men report having experienced some form of sexual harassment or sexual assault in their lifetime, according to data from a joint study by the Center for Gender Equity and Health (GEH) at University of California San Diego School of Medicine and nonprofit California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA).
Examples of sexual harassment in the workplace include:
- Asking an employee about their sex life
- Cyber exploitation
- Discussing one’s sex life
- Making sexual jokes
- Repeated compliments
- Requests for sexual favors (“quid pro quo”)
- Sending suggestive letters, notes, or emails
- Sharing sexually inappropriate images or videos
- Spreading sexual rumors
- Unwanted touching
- Unwelcome advances
These examples only scratch the surface. If an employer allows employees to create a hostile or offensive work environment, by doing nothing when one employee makes sexual overtures to another, this can also be considered sexual harassment.
When behavior such as the above makes an employee uncomfortable and affects their job performance, there may be grounds for a sexual harassment lawsuit in California. If you have questions or are ready to get started, reach out to an Orange County sexual harassment lawyer today.
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If you need the services of a California discrimination attorney, it is important to seek an attorney with experience and an excellent reputation. The Soliman Firm, PLC is distinguished by its expertise and recognition in Employment Law. We successfully represent individuals in the areas of workplace discrimination based on race, age, disability, gender, religion, and sexual orientation, as well as harassment, wage/hour, retaliatory discharge, and wrongful termination.
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