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San Francisco Discrimination Attorney

In a perfect world, everyone would be treated equally in all situations. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. And when unfairness occurs in the workplace, it can result in harassment and discrimination against some individuals or groups.

Of course, discrimination in the workplace is against the law. Many people are unaware of their legal rights and aren’t sure if they’re being treated unfairly. Usually, however, they know that something feels off. For others, the harassment or discrimination they are experiencing is crystal clear. 

In either case, we encourage you to contact the San Franciso discrimination attorneys at Bogaards Law. We’ll explain your rights and detail your options.

Types of Employer Discrimination

In broad terms, workplace discrimination usually happens in one of two ways:

  • Your employer treats you differently than other employees in the same situation.
  • Your employer seems to treat a particular group of people differently than others.

It is illegal for any employer to discriminate against anyone based on:

  • Race
  • Nationality
  • Gender
  • Disabilities
  • Sexual orientation
  • Age
  • Religion
  • Pregnancy or parenthood

This is by no means a comprehensive list of employment discrimination scenarios. We know your situation is unique, and we’ll work tirelessly to help protect your rights against harassment, retaliation, and discrimination.

What to Do If You’re Facing Discrimination at Work

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 awarded important legal protections to employees. Chief among them is your protection against discriminatory practices, discrimination based on race, and unfair treatment. If you are a victim of harassment or discrimination at work, you may be able to file an employment discrimination lawsuit. 

However, before filing your case, it’s important to take the following steps:

  1. Talk to your employer: Talk to your supervisor about the discriminatory behavior. In court proceedings, it will be important to show a record of steps you’ve taken to pursue a direct resolution with your employer. 
  2. File a complaint with the human resources department: If the discriminating behavior continues, ask an HR specialist if they have a process for filing a complaint. If they don’t, submit a written report outlining the behavior you are experiencing and always make photocopies of your paperwork for your records.  Filing a complaint puts the company on notice. It provides proof they are aware of the problem. Any inaction or inappropriate handling of your complaint lays the groundwork for damages in a trial.
  3. File a complaint with a government agency: Under the law, you must file a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or the corresponding state agency. In California, that agency is the Office of the Labor Commissioner

Failure to report your complaint to one of these agencies can result in the court dismissing your case. The objective of this requirement is for you to exhaust all avenues for a resolution before taking legal action.

Contact a San Francisco Discrimination Attorney Now

Once you obtain a right to sue letter from the agency you submit your discrimination complaint to, you’ll need to hire a skilled San Francisco discrimination attorney. The attorneys at Bogaards Law are experienced at fighting against harassment and discrimination in all of its forms. Legal time limits are a factor, so don’t delay – contact Bogaards Law today for your initial consultation.

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