Take Legal Action in the Event of Workplace Discrimination
June 22, 2015
Workplace discrimination is a pervasive issue that affects millions of Americans each year. According to experts, most instances of workplace discrimination go unreported for a number of reasons, including the perception that legal representation is too expensive and fear of retaliation on the part of an employer. As people who have experienced discrimination at work can attest, going to a hostile environment on a daily basis can be emotionally and psychologically draining. In addition, discrimination may become so unbearable as to force people to quit their jobs, resulting in significant financial difficulty.
Discussing your case with an attorney is often the first step to addressing ongoing workplace discrimination. At the Pershing Square Law Firm, we offer free consultations, so prospective clients literally have nothing to lose. Some of the ways a California employment lawyer can help are detailed below.
Determine Whether You Have a Valid Claim Under State or Federal Law
Not all instances of workplace discrimination are actionable. Generally speaking, an isolated instance of discrimination that is handled internally does not give a victim the right to sue. Your attorney will conduct an in-depth analysis of your current situation and advise you whether you have the right to sue under California or United States law.
File a Charge of Discrimination with the EEOC or the DFEH
In order to file a discrimination lawsuit, workers are usually required to exhaust all of their administrative remedies with either the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or the California Department of Fair Employment & Housing (DFEH). Victims of discrimination file with the EEOC if they intend to pursue a lawsuit under federal law, or with the DFEH if they intend to pursue a claim under state law. Your attorney will determine which course of action is appropriate in your case and file a claim with the appropriate agency on your behalf.
Represent You in Any Administrative or Judicial Proceedings that May Occur
In many instances, victims of discrimination may be involved in proceedings that may require the presentation of evidence in support of their decision and responses to any legal defenses an employer may raise. The substantive and procedural law that applies in these matters can be complicated, which is why it is highly advisable for anyone who is considering pursuing a discrimination claim to do so with the assistance of an attorney.
Contact a California Employment Law Attorney Today
At the Pershing Square Law Firm, we are dedicated to representing employees who have had their legal rights violated. Our lawyers will thoroughly assess the strength of your case and discuss your legal options with you. In addition, we will represent you in any communication that you may need to have with your employer regarding your case. To schedule a free case evaluation with a California employment discrimination lawyer, call our office today at 800-696-1206. If you would prefer to contact us via email, please submit our online contact form.