Kern County Workplace Discrimination

We know Job Discrimination Laws because we are your Bakersfield job discrimination lawyers. Employment lawyers are labor lawyers and we are employment and labor lawyers. Do not be fooled by firms who claim they handle employment law, but only handle one type of employee lawsuit. Do not be fooled by lawyers who claim they are labor lawyers, but will not sue for retaliation under California Labor Code Sections 132a or 1102.5. Being a labor lawyer doesn't mean hanging out for the next big unpaid overtime class action. Being a labor lawyer means representing labor, not just an executive suing for age discrimination in the workplace.

The Employment Lawyers Group cares about the workforce. We care about employee rights and that is why we do not charge job discrimination victims any money up front. We believe in the job discrimination cases we take so do the cases on a contingency which means we only get paid a legal fee if we win. Work discrimination is terrible so we advance the court costs to file lawsuits over work discrimination. Yes, we put our money where our mouth is.

Discrimination on the job may be actionable. Call 1-661-412-9600 to talk to a lawyer about employment laws.

We know employment laws because we are employment law attorneys. We practice one area of law; employee representation. We do not represent employers sometimes, employees at other times. We do not handle family law, immigration, personal injury, or anything other than workplace employment cases.

We know what workplace harassment is because we have handled hundreds of workplace harassment cases. We know what wrongful termination is because we have handled more than 1,000 wrongful termination cases.

Firm owner, Karl Gerber, feels strongly about sexual harassment. Men and women should not experience sexual harassment at work. Nonetheless, hostile work environments based on gender, sex, or sexual favors continue to exist. Some sexual harassment cases are about power. Other sexual harassment cases are about sex. Harassment at work does not always stop because the employee complains of harassment at work. To find out what the next step is if you have complained of harassment at work, call 1-661-412-9600 for a Bakersfield Employment Lawyer.

Labor attorneys and employment law firms are not all alike. Many lawyers for discrimination are inexperienced. Many labor attorneys are unwilling to pursue your work discrimination case in court. An employment discrimination lawyer who will not pursue your case in court is not likely to get results on a workplace discrimination case.

Make the right decision and call an employment discrimination lawyer who cares about discrimination laws. Job discrimination laws are only as good as the attorney using them.

1-661-412-9600 for Bakersfield labor attorneys who care about job discrimination laws, gender discrimination, the definition of discrimination, and who won't tell you to file an EEOC complaint. EEOC complaints are for people who do not know discrimination laws. Experienced job discrimination lawyers do not recommend the EEOC that pursues weaker Federal job discrimination laws than the state job discrimination laws.

What Types of Discrimination Are Illegal in California?

FEHA prohibits harassment and discrimination in employment on the basis of:

  1. Race
  2. Color
  3. Religion
  4. Sex or gender
  5. Sexual orientation
  6. Marital status
  7. National origin
  8. Ancestry
  9. Disability (mental and physical, including HIV and AIDS)
  10. Medical condition (including cancer or genetic characteristics)
  11. Age (40 and above)
  12. Pregnancy

Claims generally must be filed with Department of Fair Employment and Housing within one year of the alleged discrimination. For this reason, you should never let an employment issue linger, as you may miss out on your chance to obtain justice.

Do I need an attorney? While you can file a claim on your own, there are many reasons why it is in your best interests to consult an employment law attorney before you file a discrimination claim.

To speak to a California Fair Employment and Housing Act lawyer, call 661-412-9600 toll free. We handle all cases on a contingency fee basis with no upfront costs. Se habla español.

Race Discrimination by California Employers

California far surpasses every U.S. state except Hawaii in its racial diversity, but race discrimination by employers remains a serious and pervasive problem throughout our state. At the Employment Lawyers Group, we are prepared to evaluate all forms of unlawful workplace harassment and discrimination and take decisive action to recover just compensation.

Protections Cover Hiring, Harassment, Working Conditions, Equal Pay and More

Defining race itself is sometimes a challenge, especially given that complex genetic distinctions are involved and many acts of discrimination are based on other protected characteristics such as national origin and religion. However, black, Hispanic and Asian workers are the most frequent victims of acts driven by race discrimination, including:

  1. Failure to hire job applicants or promote workers because of their race
  2. Racial harassment, including subjection to racial and ethnic slurs
  3. Requiring job applicants to provide their race as part of the application-and-hiring process
  4. Subjection of workers to unfair or inequitable conditions based on their race or ethnicity
  5. Retaliation against a worker for reporting race discrimination, including wrongful termination or creation of intolerable conditions that may force resignation

Within the last few years, we have also seen a number of "reverse discrimination" cases, including those of workers who are not Asian being terminated, workers who are not Hispanic are terminated or given less desirable work, and a range of other such situations.

We understand that the pain and stress of working where racism is tolerated can be overwhelming. Employers are required by law not only to refrain from engaging in or promoting race discrimination and harassment, but also to take action to stop them.

Speaking out and taking action to expose racial discrimination takes courage, and we support people who do so with the full weight of our knowledge and resources. Your situation may call for first steps including the filing of a complaint with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), and we can advise you on the action likely to be most effective for you.

Have You Suffered Race Discrimination in the Workplace?

Our attorneys thoroughly investigate employment discrimination cases and build them for trial if needed. We stand always willing to go the distance to recover compensation for lost income, emotional distress and other damages.

To discuss whether you have a valid racial discrimination claim in the Los Angeles area or elsewhere in California, call our firm at 661-412-9600 today. We handle all employment claims on a "no fee if there is no recovery" basis. Se habla español.

National Origin Discrimination

Immigrants from many nations and U.S. citizens of nearly every ethnic background are essential contributors to California companies. Sadly, however, workers who look, speak or dress differently than what is perceived as the "norm" often face harassment and discrimination that hold them back financially and create severe emotional stress.

Your national origin — along with your ethnic background, religion and more — is a protected characteristic under both U.S. federal and California state employment laws. This means that you may well have a valid claim or lawsuit, with the potential to recover substantial damages from your employer, if you suffer discrimination or harassment based on your nationality.

Employment discrimination based on national origin affects people of many different backgrounds — and the perpetrators themselves are not all whites of European descent. Historically, numerous prominent lawsuits have been brought by the EEOC and private law firms on behalf of people of Mexican or other Hispanic descent, Chinese or other Asian descent and other individuals and classes. Today, people from Middle Eastern nations such as Iraq and Saudi Arabia are increasingly mistreated at work as well.

We have seen a number of cases in which Mexicans mistreat Salvadorians, Latin Americans mistreat Central American workers they believe are too vocal on employee rights issues, Koreans mistreat Mexicans, and Americans are mistreated by immigrant employers.

Have You Suffered due to National Origin Discrimination in the Workplace?

Discriminatory employment situations that call for a consultation with a proven Los Angeles employment lawyer such as our founder Karl Gerber include:

  1. Being wrongfully fired or denied promotion because of your national origin or heritage
  2. Being fired or forced to quit for reporting discrimination, filing a complaint or cooperating with an investigation
  3. Subjection to a pattern of offensive or unfair treatment — often including name-calling, circulation of offensive e-mails or documents, and more — that is tolerated or encouraged by your employer

Put Legal Knowledge, Experience and Commitment on Your Side

Our founding attorney Karl Gerber has handled many cases with elements of national origin discrimination among more than 1,300 matters resolved favorably since 1993. If you have a valid, significant case, Mr. Gerber and our entire legal team are here to help you get the compensation you deserve by the most viable and efficient path available.

To request a consultation, call 661-412-9600 toll free or send us an e-mail inquiry today. We have Spanish speakers available and the ability to accommodate and represent people of any national origin and any field of employment, statewide in California.

Protected Characteristics

Mean, unfair and inequitable treatment by supervisors and others in the workplace is unfortunately common across many industries and occupations. If you have been called names, made a target of jokes, exploited sexually, denied promotion or been threatened in some way, you may understandably wonder when this type of treatment rises to the level of illegal workplace harassment and/or discrimination.

A critical factor in many potential employment claims is whether you are a member of a legally "protected class" and targeted based on protected characteristics. This area of the law is not well understood by the general public, and state and federal laws differ in some critical respects. In view of both these sets of employment statutes, protected characteristics include:

  1. Race, religion and national origin
  2. Age, if over 40
  3. Disability and serious medical conditions
  4. Gender and sexual orientation
  5. Pregnancy

Is It Time to Consult a Knowledgeable, Caring California Employment Lawyer?

Karl Gerber and associate attorneys at our firm want to know what happened to you, and we are exceptionally qualified to determine whether employer actions have violated laws prohibiting sexual harassment, race discrimination or retaliation for filing a lawful complaint or reporting illegal activities.

The severity of what you have suffered and its consequences also matter — and our firm focuses on handling cases of pervasive, harmful harassment that makes people's working lives intolerable, forces them to quit or ends in wrongful termination when they speak out.

Action-Oriented Representation for Seriously Harassed Workers: 661-412-9600

At the Employment Lawyers Group, we thoroughly evaluate many types of harassment claims and take action for people across the cultural spectrum of life in California. We will provide honest, informed guidance on whether your claim is worth pursuing and how much we believe it is worth, based on experience handling more than 1,300 previous employment actions.

Based in the Los Angeles metro area, our attorneys can evaluate your case anywhere in Southern California or statewide, including communities from Santa Clarita and San Fernando to Anaheim or Corona, Lancaster to Inglewood and points between. Focused, knowledgeable employment lawyers at our firm will consult with you and, if we believe in your case, provide skilled representation on a full contingency basis. Se habla español.

Your Bakersfield job discrimination lawyers can be reached at 1-661-412-9600.