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Types of Employment Discrimination

If you believe you have faced discrimination in your workplace, do not be afraid to take action by contacting the compassionate legal team at Strong Advocates. We will help you preserve your rights against your employer’s abuses and bring them to justice. You may understandably be worried about the possible consequences of speaking out, but, rest assured, we will use the full scope of our resources to protect you from retaliation. To learn more about what we can do for you, call (800) 870-9886.

What Constitutes Discrimination?

Discrimination of all types typically involves “refusing to hire, failing to reemploy, discharging, failing to promote, harassing, or discriminating against a person with respect to any other term, condition, or privilege of employment.”

What is Racial Discrimination?

No employer is permitted to discriminate against an employee based on the color of their skin or, any personal characteristics they may possess that are associated with a particular race. Racial discrimination often involves the preferential treatment of individuals of certain races over others. It may come in the form of a “casual” offhanded racist remark or be as severe as to adversely impact one’s career opportunities.

What is National Origin Discrimination?

A worker cannot be denied equal employment opportunity because he or she is from a different country or part of the world, speaks with a particular accent, or possesses or exhibits “particularly ethnic” qualities. In some cases, national origin discrimination can take on the form of unnecessary English-fluency exams, restrictive language rules and policies. It can also involve discrimination toward an individual due to his or her association with a civil or cultural organization, or other national group.

What is Gender Discrimination?

A person cannot be denied equal employment opportunity because of their sex or gender. One example of gender discrimination would be a woman facing unfavorable treatment for being pregnant(but note, this may also be considered disability discrimination, depending on the circumstances). Another example would be a man facing unfavorable treatment for not exhibiting “toughness” or some other stereotypical masculine trait. Additionally, a person cannot be discriminated against for being associated with someone or some group linked with a particular sex (e.g., a same-sex partnership). California law also prohibits employment discrimination aimed at people who identify as transgender or gender non-conforming.

What is Religious Discrimination?

All employees have the right to hold their own religious, ethical, or moral beliefs. They are also entitled to reasonable accommodations for their religious beliefs, observances, or practices, as long as it does not cause the employer undue hardship.

What is Military Status Discrimination?

Any person with past, current, or future membership, service, or obligation in a uniformed service cannot be discriminated against because of their service obligations or experience. Veterans are also entitled to reemployment after being deployed for a specified time period, unless the employer can prove a statutory defense.

Working Towards Fair Work Environments in Southern California
Equality is a foundational tenet of this nation, and no employer should be able to violate it without facing repercussions. If you have been the victim of employment discrimination, work with us to get the compensation you deserve and the justice you seek. Call (800) 870-9886.

What Can I Do about Workplace Discrimination or Abuse?

If you file a workplace discrimination or abuse lawsuit, chances are your employer will vehemently contest your claim with the assistance of his or her own legal representative, and the burden of proof falls on you. This is why you must have strong evidence on hand. Follow these guidelines to ensure you have a strong claim:


Document any and all instances of abuse and/or discrimination in the workplace. Keep copies of emails or other documents that demonstrate your experience.


Speak discreetly with co-workers you trust to see if they have experienced the same abuse. If so, you may have a joint case.


File a complaint with the appropriate authorities.


Keep a record of any retaliatory actions after you have filed a complaint. You can compare them with the perpetrator's behavior prior to the complaint.

How We Can Help You

Strong Advocates can help take quick action on your case. We will provide you with written case analysis to help you understand your case and legal options. We will help you to compile an experienced legal team and serve as your advocate. We will help you reach favorable outcomes, avoiding extensive litigation as much as possible. We assist our clients understand their legal options as well as California's complex laws. We can explain how the law applies to your particular case. Please contact us at (800) 870-9886 to schedule a confidential consultation.

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