February 13, 2014

Racial Discrimination In The California Workplace

Both California and federal laws have strong protections for employees in the workplace, including protections against racial harassment and discrimination. California employers cannot discriminate against any employee or prospective employee on the basis of race, color, or ethnicity. Those who practice these forms of discrimination may be liable to their employees for damages. Such discrimination can take many forms in the workplace, including, but not limited to:

  • Recruitment of new employees.
  • Hiring and candidate screening.
  • Failure to promote.
  • Transfers and work assignments.
  • Unequal discipline.
  • Performance measurements.
  • Work environment consisting of harassment or discriminatory comments.
  • Job training.
  • Unequal compensation.

Additionally, California employees are protected from retaliation if they complain about racial harassment or discrimination to their employer. Employers cannot punish employees directly or indirectly for making complaints, assisting or opposing any prohibited practices such as racial discrimination. If an employer does retaliate, an employee should consult an employment attorney as there may be grounds for a lawsuit. You may be able to recover the following:

  • Past lost wages and other benefits.
  • Future lost wages and benefits.
  • Damages for emotional distress and pain and suffering.
  • Punitive damages (designed to punish the employer).
  • Attorneys fees.

If you feel you have been discriminated against or have experienced retaliation for your complaints, contact an employment attorney from Beverly Hills Law Corp., PC for a free consultation.

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