Sacramento Attorneys Explain Workplace Discrimination
Workers have the right to be free from a hostile work environment. Unfortunately, workplace discrimination can occur in numerous ways. The attorneys at Mastagni Holstedt, A Professional Corporation can help you take legal action if you experience workplace discrimination.
What is workplace discrimination?
The lawyers at our firm are well-versed in employment law, which includes federal employment law and wage and hour laws. In each of these areas of law, workplace discrimination can form the basis for legal violations. For example, an employer who fails to pay a particular class, such as women, for overtime work or who offers different employment contracts to younger, rather than older, employees may be subject to a discrimination lawsuit. Discrimination must be substantial and, in many cases, a continuous practice to rise to the level of creating a hostile work environment for the employee. Protected classes that apply to discrimination are defined by age, sex, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, disability or religious group. For example, an employer demotes or terminates Hispanic workers and only hires workers who are not Hispanic as replacements. These workers belong to a protected class, based on ethnicity. Another example of discrimination is employment policies that penalize a particular group, such as women, for taking pregnancy leaves. Sexual harassment is also a form of discrimination, and may involve unwanted sexual advances, demands for sexual favors or derogatory communications based on gender. When the work environment becomes hostile and abusive treatment is based on any of these types of discrimination, grounds usually exist to bring a claim.
Workplace discrimination in all areas of employment
Workplace discrimination can arise in any phase of work and manifest in the following ways:
- Advertising that prohibits protected classes from applying for jobs
- Recruitment interviews that weed out certain protected classes
- Unequal salaries for employees with equal qualifications, jobs and work performances
- Disparate treatment for disability leaves, retirement benefits or maternity leaves
- Unequal treatment when providing promotions or laying off workers
- Discriminatory treatment through job training or other company benefits
- Prohibiting certain employees belonging to a protected class from using company facilities
Contact experienced employment lawyers
Our legal experience at Mastagni Holstedt, A Professional Corporation is extensive, spanning decades. We effectively deal with workplace discrimination issues, whether sexual harassment, unequal pay, wrongful termination or other discrimination issues. Find out how our Sacramento law firm can help. Contact us online or call 1-877-212-6907for a free consultation.