If you believe that you were discriminated against at work, you may wonder, “Can I sue my employer for discrimination?” The answer to the simple question can be somewhat complicated and fact-specific. That’s why it is important to speak with a workplace discrimination lawyer in Los Angeles about your unique situation. Yadegar, Minoofar & Soleymani LLP can help you understand whether you have a viable workplace discrimination lawsuit. Schedule a free evaluation with us by filling out the contact form on this page. You can also call us at (310) 499-0140.
Was I Discriminated Against at Work in Los Angeles?
The California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) prohibits an employer with five or more employees from engaging in workplace discrimination. Employees who are considering a lawsuit against an employer often assume that because they were treated unfairly or rudely by their employers, they will automatically have a case for discrimination. While frustrating to work in an environment where you feel that your boss is not treating you properly, there is no law that protects employees from being treated badly in general. If you believe that you were discriminated against at work, first, you must determine whether the discrimination was related to a legally protected class. If you want to bring a discrimination claim against your employer, you must show that the unfair or poor treatment was motivated by a protected class. Under California law, protected classes include:
- Sex and/or gender (this includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and/or related medical conditions)
- Sexual orientation
- Gender identity, gender expression
- Disability (physical and mental disabilities)
- Race and/or color
- Age (over 40)
- Ancestry and/or national origin
- Medical condition
- Genetic information
- Marital status
- Military or veteran status
Can I Sue My Employer for Discrimination?
To win your workplace discrimination claim, you must show the following things exist:
- You are a member of a protected class.
- You suffered an adverse employment action by your employer.
- The unfair or poor treatment by your employer was motivated by your protected class.
- Discrimination was the direct cause of the adverse employment action.
You will need to provide direct or circumstantial evidence and documentation to prove discrimination exists in your situation. Evidence may include, but is not limited to:
- Electronic records, including emails and text messages
- Witness testimony
- Statistics and/or comparisons of work
- Lack of response from your employer
Get a free evaluation With Our Los Angeles Workplace Discrimination Lawyers
An experienced Los Angeles workplace discrimination lawyer with our firm may be able to help you hold your employer accountable for discrimination. Consult with Yadegar, Minoofar & Soleymani LLP to discuss your legal options and make the best decision for your particular case. Reach out to us online or call us at (310) 499-0140 to schedule a free evaluation.