Under anti-discrimination laws, it’s illegal for a company to fire, refuse to hire, harass, demote or otherwise discriminate against an employee because of a protected factor. The laws can vary across different states, but California forbids most cases of discrimination. If an employee feels that they’ve been the victim of discrimination, they might be able to file a lawsuit against their employer.
How are people protected under discrimination law?
Discrimination law forbids employers from discriminating against people on the basis of age, gender, sexual orientation, race or religion. Employers are also forbidden to discriminate against pregnant women, people over the age of 40 and people with disabilities.
What are examples of discrimination?
Discrimination can include refusing to hire someone because of their race, religion, sexual orientation or another protected characteristic. It can also involve refusing to accommodate someone with a pregnancy or a disability. Discrimination can be refusing to promote someone, ostracizing them from the group, subjecting them to harassment, purposely withholding information from them, firing them unfairly or giving them inappropriate job assignments.
Can a company retaliate if an employee files a lawsuit?
Companies are forbidden to retaliate if an employee files a discrimination lawsuit. Forms of retaliation include harassment, threats, demotion, withholding benefits and firing the employee.
What should an employee do if they face discrimination?
If an employee becomes a victim of discrimination, they can file a lawsuit against the company. They may want to hire an attorney to gather evidence and help them build a case against the company. The employee should document everything during this time so that they can use it as evidence. Once they’ve built their case, they can file a lawsuit against the company. If they’re successful, they might win a settlement from their former employer.