Bakersfield Law Firm Representing Victims of Race and Color Discrimination
If you have encountered race or color discrimination and reside or work in Bakersfield, contact our office at 877-789-9707 for a complimentary consultation. It is a sad reality, but racism is still around especially in small businesses and corporations. Certain towns experience racism even more due to their less urbanized communities. We hear stories from our clients of racist jokes, offhand comments by supervisors, and company permitted illegal behavior circulated via e-mail. Thankfully, California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”) and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”) prohibits this type of workplace discrimination against applicants or employees based on their race or color. Employers are inhibited from considering one’s race or color, or even their perceived race or color, when making work-related decisions. Therefore, if you experienced any such hostile work environment or discriminatory action, call our office or complete the Online Form to discuss your rights with one of our attorneys.
Certain Racism is Obvious While Other Types Are Subtle
While many types of racism is obvert such as inappropriate language and objects in the workplace, there more discreet ways that employers take to screen out potential minority employees or ensure that minority employees are forced out. A few of the instances our attorneys report include certain recruiting that is aimed at excluding minorities, job tests that are not related to the position, asking about a person’s felonies, and by distinguishing candidates based on traditional clothing and how they look. Rest assured that all of these may land an employer in hot water as discrimination.
Other types of racial discrimination are those that are permitted or allowed by the company. These include company practices that isolate certain members by their race or allow harassment without actual knowledge. Either way, workers should not experience discrimination in the workplace through adverse employer actions or omission to enforce company policy.
State and Federal Laws Ensure All Workers Are Protected
California has a number of state and federal laws that protect employees. This does not only apply to black or brown employees since the law extends protections to all racial backgrounds and skin colors. In instances when white employees are discriminated against this is titled “reverse discrimination.” At the same time, the laws the protect employees against discrimination also include anti-retaliation provisions to protect those same employees who filed the discrimination related report, complained, or participated in any capacity in another case. Once your discrimination case is proven, or settled, remedies may include back pay, front pay, emotional distress, reinstatement, compensatory damages and/or punitive damages if the case is outrageous in nature.
Bakersfield Attorneys Protecting Victims of Race Discrimination
If you believe that you or someone you know is or was a victim of race or color discrimination, we recommend that you contact our office as soon as possible since time limits and deadlines to file claims may be as short as six months from the last date of discrimination. Contact our helpful attorneys at (877)789-9707 or complete an online form. Our Bakersfield Race Discrimination Attorney will then guide you in your fight against race or color discrimination in the workplace.
Our Track Record of Proven Results Sets the Pace for the Industry
California, and Bakersfield, in particular, is home to some of the most diverse workforce in the U.S. After repeated government and legislative actions on the federal, state, and local level, individuals from all racial backgrounds have unprecedented opportunities to work in all fields and industries. However, even with all of the laws showcasing decades of civil rights advances, there are still remnants of racial prejudices in the workplace. In response, our firm has assisted hundreds of clients recover just compensation for being victims of many types of racial discrimination and retaliation. It is sad, but the only way that businesses learn the laws prohibiting race discrimination is after they have violated the laws and judgments or settlements have affected them financially.
What Is Race Discrimination?
Under California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”) and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”), race discrimination occurs when an employer treats an employee negatively based on his or her race, or characteristics associated with that race. Although racial discrimination takes many forms, there are certain common types that are prevalent:
- The most rampant is employment actions based on race. These may include none-hiring, demotion, firing, compensation, tasks, job assignments, skipped promotions, targeted layoffs, benefits and any other actions that affect the terms or conditions of employment as long as they are based on the employee’s race or racial appearance;
- The permitting of hostile work environment or harassment where there are constant incidents such as slurs, jokes and aggressive behavior that create an unsafe/unsecure work atmosphere;
- Corporate Policies and Practices that have adverse or negative impact on employees of a given race either overtly or covertly. Certain types may be overt where the unfairness is clear and creates unduly burdensome conditions for members of a race. However, racial bias may also be covert where the true intent is hidden by made-believe lawful rationale.
The employee, or Plaintiff, has the burden of initially proving that there he or she was the victim of racial discrimination. He or she can then seek compensation and corrective action by first filing the claim with the respective agency and obtaining the Right to Sue letter. Your attorney would then guide you in an effort to compensate you for the discrimination, harassment, or retaliation that you suffered by different means such as Financial Compensation (monetary damages including back pay that you should have received if the discrimination did not occur, and compensation due to the victim who suffered the embarrassment, emotional distress, and humiliation from the discrimination), or Injunctive Relief (ensuring that such conduct does not continue and/or requiring the employer to restore the victim to the place where he or she would have been had the race discrimination harm had not occurred). There are other types of damages such as medical costs resulting from the harm caused or punitive damages in extreme cases where they are designed to punish the employer as well as other companies from engaging in similar future conduct.
What Our Attorneys Can Do For Victims of Race Discrimination
When you contact our office, you will be able to discuss the facts of your case with an attorney. At that point, the attorney will guide you every step of the way. You will no longer feel powerless and your rights will be protected. We will inform you of the strengths and weaknesses of your case and hold your employer responsible for any discriminatory or retaliatory conduct. With our knowledge, experience and resources, we are able to take on companies and their counsel of all sizes since cases ultimately are dependent on the facts that transpired. As California’s largest employee-side law firm, we do not back down from any situation. Rest assured that we will lead you adequately toward proper resolution of your case through depositions of witnesses, subpoenas of files, investigations and other strategic maneuvers at our disposal as attorneys.
From the initial free phone call consultation, we will advise you of the legal options available against the employer. Since our fee basis is contingent on the success of the case, rest assured that no fees would be collected during the litigation process. Plus we are compensated only if we are successful.
Employment Discrimination is Our Focus
Employment discrimination cases are some of the most common, and complex, cases in California. They demand attorneys who are well-versed in the vast variety of laws and equipped with the experience and resources to gauge the exact parameters of each fact pattern and case. The success of each case hinges, and the amount of compensation for lost wages, benefits, emotional harm and other related damages is contingent upon the representation. Trust the specialized Bakersfield Race Discrimination Attorney for a thorough understanding of your case and the proper application of the laws.
Our specialized exclusively employee-side attorneys review the case with you at your convenience and remain involved each step of the way. Often, this involves review of the facts, request and analysis of the evidence through subpoena, deposition of your supervisor and those involved in the decision-making, and many other resources that are well beyond the capability of smaller law firms.
Contact a Lawyer at Our Bakersfield Office Today
To truly evaluate whether your case qualifies as infringing on, or in violation of, federal or state laws, contact our office for an initial free consultation at (877) 789-9707. At the conclusion of the legal consultation, our attorney will immediately let you know the strength of your case. We can also meet with you in person in Bakersfield and its surrounding areas.
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