Practiced Workplace Discrimination Lawyer
The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was the first step in providing federal protection for American employees victimized by workplace discrimination. Under Title VII of the Act, it is illegal for an employer to discriminate against an employee due to their race, color, creed, or national origin. Subsequent laws would expand this list to include other protected characteristics such as a person’s gender, sexual orientation, age, or veteran status.
Employers who discriminate against workers in matters such as hiring, promotions, bonuses, or termination should be held accountable under the law. If you are an individual who has been a victim of workplace discrimination, pick up the phone and contact an experienced Riverside discrimination attorney at RP Law Group right away. Our firm has zero tolerance for employers who violate the civil rights of their workers, and we act aggressively on behalf of our clients to redress such wrongs.
The Process of Filing a Discrimination Lawsuit
The process of filing a discrimination suit begins in-house. The victim is first expected to seek to resolve the matter through their employer’s Human Resources department. If this approach fails, the employee can then proceed with contacting the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or EEOC. The EEOC is the federal agency charged with enforcing Title VII and other federal laws related to workplace discrimination.
The EEOC may encourage a worker to resolve the matter through mediation, and if this doesn’t work, they will initiate an investigation. Sometimes the EEOC will begin an investigation without suggesting mediation. If the agency concludes that it’s unlikely that such a breach occurred, they will send the victim a right-to-sue letter, meaning that they have permission to take legal action themselves. If, however, the EEOC believes it likely that a violation took place, they will seek a voluntary settlement with your employer on your behalf. If this too fails, they may initiate a lawsuit themselves, though this is quite rare. What is more likely at this point is that the EEOC will simply go ahead and send the victim the right-to-sue letter.
Either way, most victims of discrimination have to submit a complaint with the EEOC before filing a lawsuit. A knowledgeable discrimination attorney can help guide you through this process and greatly increase your chances of receiving the maximum financial damages allowable under state and federal law.
Many Cases of Discrimination Involve Gender
Remember, discrimination isn’t always about race. Women are among the most frequent targets of workplace discrimination. Often this involves women receiving lower pay than men who are doing the same job. Although cases of gender discrimination can be hard to prove, this doesn’t make them any less significant. Call RP Law Group to talk to a California discrimination lawyer about what you can do to move forward with a suit.