Avila & Shaddow Attorneys at Law
Southern California 866-450-4LAW
San Fernando Valley 818-676-9658
Nationwide Toll Free 866-450-4LAW
E-mail icon Se habla español
Main navigation search

Aggressive Protection of Your Rights Under The Law Schedule a Consultation

Report: California employees hit hard by workplace discrimination

A new report by the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has found that California is third in the nation for complaints of workplace discrimination with 7.2 percent of all charges filed for workplace discrimination in the country taking place within the state.

Under California laws, employers cannot discriminate against their employees. These employment laws protect employees from discrimination based on a variety of factors. For example, employers cannot discriminate based on race, age, sexual orientation, medical condition, marital status or disability.

The law prevents these types of discrimination, among others, in all aspects of employment, including hiring an employee, firing an employee, negotiations for pay and in everyday on-the-job situations.

According to the new EEOC report, many of the workplace discrimination claims in California have been in areas which the law protects from discrimination. Nearly one-third of the claims were due to discrimination based on the employee's race. Employees also filed complaints based on age, gender and disability discrimination.

Furthermore, 45 percent of all the complaints documented in this report claim the employees experienced retaliation from their employers when they complained about the discrimination they were experiencing. Retaliation occurs when an employee suffers negative consequences, including termination, for speaking up about a wrongdoing in the workplace. It is illegal for employers to retaliate against employees who are brave enough to speak up.

As is evidenced by this new EEOC report, workplace discrimination is occurring in California, despite the laws protecting employees. When workplace discrimination occurs, employees have options. Those employees that have experienced workplace discrimination may be entitled to compensation for their emotional distress. They may also be able to get a promotion, be reinstated in their position or receive back pay, front pay and other damages.

Source: Los Angeles Times, "California ranks high for workplace discrimination complaints," Tiffany Hsu, May 17, 2012

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
  1. Peer Review Rated For Ethical Standards & Legal Ability | AV PREEMINENT
  2. Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles
  3. Avvo
  4. LACBA, Los Angeles County Bar Association
  5. Super Lawyers
  6. California Employment Lawyers Association

Need Help? Have Questions? Contact our attorneys for immediate assistance

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Southern California
21800 Oxnard Street
Suite 1180 - Penthouse
Woodland Hills, CA 91367

Toll Free: 866-450-4LAW
Phone: 818-676-9658
Fax: 818-337-7265
Map & Directions