One of the most stressful and life-changing experiences someone may encounter is suffering from discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, or other misconduct in the workplace. This is especially true when an employee has dedicated substantial time and effort to their occupation. It may be difficult to know what to do in this situation, but our knowledgeable and aggressive employment attorneys can help Los Angeles residents and other workers throughout Southern California protect their legal rights, assess their options, and pursue the justice that they deserve. At The Aarons Law Firm, we handle lawsuits related to employee claims of harassment, discrimination, retaliation, wrongful termination, and other employment issues for people in cities such as Encino, Sherman Oaks, Tarzana, Woodland Hills, Glendale, Burbank, and the Greater Los Angeles Area. Treating each client with the personal attention that they deserve is a pillar of our practice to which we are committed.Know Your Rights Regarding Sexual Harassment on the Job
Employees are protected from sexual harassment in the workplace under both federal and California laws. Both the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act have defined sexual harassment broadly to include verbal statements like slurs, jokes, and derogatory comments, as well as physical gestures and criminal actions.
Both California and federal laws recognize two categories of sexual harassment. The first kind is known as quid pro quo. It usually involves a supervisor or someone with authority over the employee conditioning their position or advancement on accepting sexual advances or sexual relations. The second type of harassment is behavior that creates a hostile work environment. This may be less obvious, but courts generally examine the totality of the circumstances that occurred at the workplace, including the frequency, severity, and context of the conduct. Our Los Angeles employment lawyers can help you determine whether you should bring a claim and craft a strategy on your behalf.Understanding Discrimination Laws
California and federal laws provide protections to employees from many forms of discrimination. These include adverse treatment based on an individual’s race, gender, disability, age, national origin, religion, and other characteristics. According to the Americans with Disabilities Act, for example, an employer is prohibited from discriminating against an employee who has or is perceived to have a disability or condition. In addition to this rule, employers have a duty to provide reasonable accommodations to disabled workers and to engage in an interactive process with the employee in order to find possible accommodations. There are limited exceptions to when an employer does not have to provide accommodations, such as when providing an accommodation would impose an undue hardship.
In another example, the California Pregnancy Disability Leave Law requires employers that have five or more employees to provide their workers with up to four months of unpaid maternity leave. The state also provides men with a similar right to leave related to the birth of a child under the California Family Rights Act (CFRA). Women too can get an additional 12 weeks of leave for baby bonding time as well as Pregnancy Disability Leave.
More, employers are prohibited from punishing employees who take medical leaves for themselves or other specific family members, such as leave under the Family Medical Leave Act or the California Family Rights Act which provide for 12 weeks of leave provided that certain eligibility criteria are met. Employers are also required to reinstate an employee who has taken a qualifying leave to the same position or to a comparable position if their preexisting position is no longer available.
Pregnancy and disability discrimination are only two examples of the workplace protections that federal and state laws provide to Southern California workers. In an emerging and rapidly developing area of law, meanwhile, transgender individuals also receive protections in the workplace. The State of California makes it illegal for employers to harass or discriminate against an employee based on their gender identity or gender expression.Explore Your Options with an Employment Lawyer in Los Angeles
If you have been subjected to sexual harassment or discrimination in the workplace, or feel as though you were wrongfully terminated or retaliated against, the knowledgeable Los Angeles employment attorneys at The Aarons Law Firm are prepared to fight for your rights. Losing your job or feeling like your livelihood is in jeopardy because of a hostile work environment or unlawful discrimination is a stressful feeling that nobody should need to experience. We have counseled workers in many Southern California cities, including Encino, Tarzana, Sherman Oaks, Woodland Hills, Glendale, Los Angeles, and Burbank. Call us at 818-794-9250 or contact us online to set up a free appointment with a discrimination lawyer or seek assistance with another type of employment claim.