Employment Discrimination Under California Law

Employment discrimination is against the law. Employers are not allowed to treat you differently because of your:

  • Pregnancy
  • Age
  • Race
  • Ethnicity
  • Religion
  • Gender
  • Disability

These descriptions, among others, fall into classes that are protected by law. If you have a discrimination case, contact us for a consultation. We have offices in San Francisco and New York.

Laws Enforced by Our Discrimination Lawyers

Discrimination lawyers specialize in a number of different laws that protect employees against being treated differently.

For example: On the federal level, discrimination is prohibited against all of the classes we named above. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability, and the Age Discrimination Act (ADEA) prohibits discrimination on the basis of age (over 40).

The New York State Human Rights law and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act protect employees against discrimination because of their sexual orientation, status as a victim of domestic violence, or marital status.

Specifically for employees in NYC and San Francisco, the New York City Human Rights law and FEHA extends its protection to those people who have been discriminated against because of:

  • Sexual identity (such as transgender orientation)
  • Arrest or conviction record
  • Status as a victim of domestic violence (including stalking and sex offenses)
  • Unemployment status

The New York City Human Rights Law and FEHA are some of the most powerful anti-discrimination laws in the country. Discrimination lawyers in New York and San Francisco should be thoroughly familiar with this law.

How to Protect Yourself from Discrimination

If you are experiencing discrimination at work, you have a few options:

  1. Lodge a written complaint with your employer by following the procedure in their employee manual.
  2. File a complaint with an external agency, such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or the New York State Division of Human Rights.
  3. Consult with discrimination lawyers with experience in the field who can guide you through the process and advocate for you in court.

It is important to remember that the law protects you against any retaliation by your employer for filing complaints, either internally with your HR department or externally with a governmental body. The process of pursuing a case of discrimination against an employer can be complex and time-consuming, but our lawyers are here to help.

Choose Ottinger Employment Lawyers to Handle Your Discrimination Case

Our discrimination lawyers are here to help. If you feel that you have been subject to employment discrimination, it is essential that you find an experienced discrimination lawyer to pursue your case. When selecting a discrimination lawyer, it is important to find a firm with a proven track record of success, both in obtaining settlements and at trial.

At the Ottinger Employment Lawyers, our discrimination lawyers have successfully represented hundreds of employees and recovered millions for them. We also have extensive experience litigating such claims through trial. Contact us today to see how we can help you.

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Robert Ottinger, Esq.

Robert Ottinger is an employment attorney who focuses on representing executives and employees in employment disputes. Before starting his firm, Robert slugged it out in courtrooms trying cases for the government. Robert served as a Deputy Attorney General for the California Department of Justice in Los Angeles and then as Assistant Attorney General for the New York Attorney General’s Office in Manhattan.

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