Riverside Workplace Discrimination Lawyer

Riverside Workplace Discrimination Lawyer

Riverside Workplace Discrimination Attorney

Discrimination in the workplace can have serious and persistent consequences for your career path, your emotional well-being, and your ability to provide for yourself and your family. A Riverside workplace discrimination lawyer from Theory Law APC can offer powerful legal strategies that may be able to help you convert this time of turmoil and stress into a substantial financial settlement in your favor. 

No matter how complicated your individual circumstances may be, please know that you do not have to put up with workplace discrimination another day. The dedicated workplace discrimination practice at Theory Law APC has a track record of successfully fighting for the working people of Riverside, CA, and the surrounding communities. We fiercely uphold the rights of employees and job seekers who have been unfairly treated based on their race, gender, religion, age, disability status, or other protected class characteristic. 

When your rights have been violated at work, you need a powerful, legally adept advocate on your side, and that is exactly the sort of support Theory Law APC can provide. At Theory Law APC, employment law is not just an area where we offer legal services; our entire model is built around our dedication to helping real, working Californians when they need it most. If you need a trusted partner for navigating a complex workplace discrimination case in Riverside or the surrounding areas, you’ve found it.

Riverside Workplace Discrimination Lawyer

Identifying Workplace Discrimination in the Real World

Employment law is complex, so employers with dedicated legal teams have an inherent advantage over workers with no legal training. Hiring a talented and reputable workplace discrimination attorney is the most effective way to level the playing field, but some may attempt to undergo this complicated process without professional assistance, believing they can learn enough about employment law to handle their employment claim successfully.

Unfortunately, spending time learning the many nuances of law takes time away from other responsibilities. Consulting with a skilled employment attorney is advised to support you through this process. You may be unsure, however, if you have a legally actionable claim to reach out to an attorney to discuss. This is entirely understandable, as workplace discrimination violations can take a staggering variety of forms in the real world.

Some of these examples of workplace discrimination in the real world should be useful as you start to sort the ins and outs of filing a workplace discrimination claim:

  • Unequal Pay – Let’s say you begin working at a large warehouse that hires and onboards employees in batches rather than individually. Six months later, you learn that everyone else you attended orientation with is making $25 per hour while you’re still on your starting rate of $20. This is obviously unfair, but many people don’t realize that it can also be downright illegal.So much reporting has been done on the well-known pay gaps between men and women or between workers of particular races that many people have become desensitized to the injustice and don’t even realize that unequal compensation practices–as commonplace as they may be–can be proven to be in violation of the law in many instances.

    If you discover that colleagues with the same workload, skill set, and seniority are being paid significantly more (or less) than you, it may be possible to take legal action against the employer.

  • Hiring Bias – It’s also crucial to remember that your rights as a working person begin before you’re ever actually employed. Employers are also legally required to be non-discriminatory during their hiring and recruiting processes.For example, a highly qualified woman interviews at a tech startup on the same day as five male peers who lack her extensive background, but then she learns that she was the only candidate who was not called back for the second round of interviews. If her attorney can establish that her gender played a role in this decision, legal action can be taken.

  • Harassment – An Asian man working on an assembly line at a majority-white workplace meets all quotas and excels at all areas of their job based on metrics and data collected by the company itself, and yet finds himself the target of persistent degrading comments or other unwelcome conduct from their supervisors.This can encompass anything from outright racial slurs to derogatory “harmless jokes” that never seem to end. If you are the victim of a hostile work environment and believe it is due to a protected characteristic such as your race, age, gender, or disability status, we can help you fight back with legal action.

  • Denial of Accommodations – Thanks to the landmark federal Americans with Disabilities Act, or ADA, differently abled workers have a legal right to request reasonable accommodations from an employer. Examples include an amputee working in a kitchen who needs an exception to the restaurant owner’s “no sitting while on the clock” policy or an autistic employee who can only perform their duties efficiently if they are allowed to wear noise-canceling headphones.Note that “reasonable accommodation” can also refer to protected religious practices, pregnancies, and other situations, as well as short- and long-term disabilities. If you have been fired, harassed, or otherwise retaliated against for requesting legally protected accommodations at work, you may have a claim against your employer.

  • Retaliation – Let’s say someone complains to their company’s HR department about an upper-level manager making racially insensitive comments to them at work, and instead of addressing the issue, the company removes this worker’s shifts from the upcoming schedule. This could be an example of illegal workplace retaliation.When you file a complaint or participate in some other protected workplace activity (such as reporting safety violations or participating in a union), you have legal protections against retaliation in the form of demotion, termination, or ostracism.

Protected Classes In California

In addition to the many forms workplace discrimination can take, it can also be targeted at anyone. When it comes to workplace discrimination, some legally protected categories include:

  • Pregnancy – Pregnancy discrimination includes any unfavorable treatment at work due to pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions.
  • Race – Racial discrimination is never okay, and it can harm entire communities when it seeps into American workplaces.
  • Age – If you are consistently passed over for opportunities, laid off, or subjected to other negative treatment due to your age (especially old age), you may have grounds to file a claim for age discrimination.
  • Sexual Orientation – Your personal life is none of your employer’s business, and it is expressly illegal for them to treat you unfavorably based on your sexual history.
  • Gender Identity – All people are equal under the United States Constitution, and this principle is supported by employment laws that protect you from discrimination based on your gender and how you choose to express it.
  • Religion – If you are singled out or ostracized at work due to having different religious beliefs than your bosses or coworkers, you may be experiencing illegal harassment.
  • Language – It’s true that some jobs explicitly require a certain level of fluency in English, but in many other cases, you may be legally protected from discrimination based on your primary language, fluency in English, or accent.
  • National Origin – America has long been a nation of immigrants, and the particular path someone took to get here should have no bearing on their opportunities at work.


Q: What Characteristics Are Employers Prevented From Discriminating Against?

A: Employers in the State of California are prohibited from discriminating against employees and potential employees based on a range of protected characteristics. These include race, skin color, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, and pregnancy. It is important to note that discriminating against an employee because of personality class is not a legal standing for an employment claim.

Q: What Are the Employment Discrimination Laws in California?

A: Californians enjoy comprehensive employment discrimination laws at both the state and federal levels. Broadly speaking, employers cannot discriminate against or harass their employees without facing potential legal repercussions in Riverside, CA. Laws of this nature are typically not enforced by regular police units but by dedicated government agencies such as the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

Q: What Are the EEO Laws in California?

A: “EEO” refers to Equal Employment Opportunity, a set of laws in California that prohibits discrimination and harassment based on protected class characteristics. These EEO laws also provide a framework for employees who wish to file complaints and seek legal redress against employers who violate their rights. Most frequently, however, California laws offer more protection, and filing with the Department of Fair Employment and Housing is advised.

Q: How Do I Prove Discrimination at Work in California?

A: Proving workplace discrimination can look different from case to case but is often supported by excellent firsthand documentation on the part of the wronged employee. It is crucial to keep a detailed record of any issues with your employer just in case things escalate to the level of a discrimination suit. Other types of evidence, such as video footage, discipline records, and testimony from co-workers, can also be important in proving discrimination cases.

Theory Law APC - An Anti-Discrimination Legal Powerhouse Serving Riverside, CA

Theory Law APC is proud to be a premier provider of legal services for working people facing illegal discrimination by Riverside employers. With our talented attorneys and support staff on your side, you can rest assured that your discrimination case will be handled with the utmost care and given the priority it deserves.

Please contact us today to set up an initial consultation and learn more about what our workplace discrimination team can do for you.

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