Our Sacramento attorneys offer one-on-one case evaluations. Our complimentary case evaluations are risk-free for you. Meaning that you have the chance to come in and get a feel for our  Sacramento attorneys. During this time, our attorneys will also ask a variety of questions regarding your potential workplace discrimination claim to see if you have a viable claim, and what kind of compensation you are entitled to. Call us today to schedule your consultation.

According to Sacramento County, discriminating against a county employee, contractor, agent, or volunteer is prohibited. Not only does this apply to Sacramento County employees, but California law has applied it to all private employees.

What is workplace discrimination?

Workplace discrimination refers to when an employee is not treated reasonably simply because they belong to a group of characteristics. A group of protected characteristics include race, gender, age, religion, national origin,  and disability.  If an employee belongs to any of these protected classes, and an employer acts differently towards them because of this protected class, then the employee has the right to file a Sacramento workplace discrimination lawsuit or claim against their employer.

But, when it comes to proving workplace discrimination, having a top-rated attorney on your side will strengthen your claim. If you fail to have an experienced attorney, your claim may be weak, and you may not be able to recover all the compensation that you have lost.

Our Sacramento employment & labor law attorneys have been representing employees who have been discriminated against for several decades. We are also very well-versed in Sacramento employment law to make sure that our clients get the help they deserve.

When does workplace discrimination take place?

Employees are protected from workplace discrimination throughout all parts of the employment process. This includes:

  • Hiring the employee: An employer cannot refuse to hire an employee simply because they belong to a protected class
  • Firing an employee: An employer cannot let go or terminate an employee because they belong to a protected class
  • Promoting the employee: An employer cannot promote others and refuse to promote employees with similar qualifications and backgrounds simply because that employee belongs to a protected class
  • Pay: An employer cannot refuse to pay their employee, or refuse a pay increase because the employee belongs to a protected class
  • Workplace assignments: An employer cannot assign the employee to more than agreed upon work, or feel to assign any work to the employee because the employee belongs to a protected class
  • Vacation: An employer cannot decline the employee from vacation or paid leave simply because the employee belongs to a protected class
  • Family leave: Employees are eligible for family and medical leave. If an employee is eligible, yet the employer unjustly refuses to allow the employee time off because they belong to a protected class, the employer could be held responsible for workplace discrimination

What are examples of workplace discrimination in Sacramento?

Below are examples of workplace discrimination depending on the protected class:

  • Racial discrimination: Examples of workplace discrimination include racial slurs and discriminatory jokes directed at an employee who belongs to a racial class. This includes communicating statements to the employee and communicating statements about the employee to others.
  • Gender discrimination: The most common incident of gender discrimination is failing to promote females simply because they may give birth or may be pregnant.
  • Age discrimination: Employers cannot specifically hire younger employees and favor younger employees over older ones. Older employees also cannot be denied promotion simply because of their age. 
  • Disability discrimination: Under California and Sacramento law, an employer must provide reasonable workplace accommodations for an employee. Examples include a standing desk or an accessible keyboard with voice activation. If an employer fails to provide an employee with such disability accommodations, the employer could be held responsible for disability discrimination.
  • Religious discrimination: If an employer fails to provide the employee with space needed to pray if an employee belongs to a religious organization, then the employer could be held responsible. Further, an employer cannot refuse to provide time off for an employee because of a religious holiday. When it comes to workplace clothing, An employer cannot retaliate against an employee because they are wearing religious tire.
  • National origin discrimination: An employee cannot be discriminated against because of their country of origin. A typical example of this is when an employer makes comments about an employee for their accent.
  • Sexual orientation discrimination: This occurs when an employee is harassed based on their sexual orientation, or if they’re transitioning.
  • Marital status discrimination: Although this is not very common, it has been seen throughout several studies on workplace environments. Employers are more likely to favor married employees compared to unmarried employees since married employees are considered reliable.

Above are just some examples of discrimination based on a protected class. But this does not necessarily mean that these are all protected examples of discrimination. If you have experienced discrimination while at work, and it does not fit any of the above examples, give our top-rated Sacramento attorneys a call to discuss your personalized case. 

What laws apply to workplace discrimination?

There are several laws that have been the foundation for protecting employees from  discriminatory workplace environments, these include:

What kind of compensation could I receive for my workplace discrimination lawsuit?

The types of compensation you receive depend on the circumstances of your discrimination lawsuit. For example, if you were discriminated against and fired, you could receive compensation for those losses. Examples include:

  • Back pay
  • Front pay
  • Compensatory damages
  • Punitive damages
  • Legal costs
  • Attorneys fees
  • Reinstatement of your job
  • Promotion that you had been denied 
  • Incidental costs of finding other jobs

Another factor that courts consider is the availability of compensation. For example, the employee may not want to return back to work and instead may try to find another job. 

Sacramento Workplace Discrimination Attorney Near Me

Our Sacramento workplace discrimination lawyers know how stressful it can be to face retaliation against or harassed at work simply because you belong to a protected class. The federal government, along with state and local regulations, have placed protections for employee, allowing employees to hold employers responsible for any discriminatory practices.

Sometimes, employees are afraid of coming forward and reporting discriminatory practices because they are afraid of retaliation. But, retaliation is also protected. If you were to report a discriminatory practice, and you were then let go by your employer, you could then file a claim against your Sacramento employer because they retaliated against you.

These terms can get very complex and confusing, which is why we recommend that you leave it to our attorneys to take care of your employment claims while you focus on looking for another job or resuming back to work. Call today to schedule your free consultation.