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Our careers are an important part of our lives, our livelihoods, and even our identities. If you’ve been discriminated against on the job, have been retaliated against after coming forward with your claim of discrimination, or have been wrongfully terminated, there are important legal actions you can take in protection of your rights and to compensate you for your losses in their entirety. Whatever kind of predicament you’re experiencing at work, a skilled San Francisco employment law attorney can help. 

Discrimination on the Job

Discrimination on the job can take any number of forms, including:

  • Failing to promote, demoting, or terminating an employee based on his or her protected characteristic or membership in a protected class, such as gender, age, race, religion, and more
  • Adopting company policies that affect those protected-class employees disproportionately
  • Refusing to accommodate employee needs that are related to religion or disability
  • Allowing employees to be seriously harassed on the job

All of these (and more) are unfair and illegal when practiced in the workplace.


Experiencing discrimination on the job can be a terrible experience, but if you’re afraid of being retaliated against for speaking out, it makes things that much more difficult. Retaliation can be difficult to prove, but the following can all be signs that you’re being retaliated against:

  • Experiencing a reduction in salary
  • Receiving an unfairly negative evaluation
  • Being transferred against your will
  • Being demoted unfairly
  • Having your assignments and/or duties dramatically altered
  • Receiving an unexpected change in shift
  • Having the terms and conditions of your employment changed unexpectedly
  • Being disciplined unfairly
  • Being wrongfully terminated

If you believe you are being retaliated against on the job, remember that legal recourse is available to you. 

Demonstrating Retaliation

Demonstrating that you were retaliated against on the job can be complicated, but it’s a necessary component of your successful employment claim. This demonstration requires a showing that you engaged in a protected activity (such as speaking out about discrimination against you or against someone else) and that the actions you identify as retaliation are directly related to that protected activity. In other words, your protected act must have been the impetus behind your employer’s negative action against you. In order to prove such causation, you’ll likely need to demonstrate the following:

  • The timing of the alleged retaliation is suspicious (directly following your complaint).
  • Your employer was aware of the protected act in which you engaged.
  • There is no other feasible explanation for the alleged retaliation.

Proving retaliation is a complicated legal process, but your rights are far too important to leave to chance.

An Experienced San Francisco Employment Law Attorney Can Help

If you’ve suffered injustice in the workplace, the dedicated employment law attorneys at Bogaards Law in San Francisco have extensive experience helping clients like you bring successful claims that allow them to recover on their full range of damages (which are often considerable). Our formidable legal team is on your side, so please don’t hesitate to contact us for a free consultation today.

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