This is the first post in a series which will discuss dealing with race discrimination by Santa Ana, California employers. We are writing on this topic due to the fact that many workers are unsure of their rights when they face such discrimination and, as a result, many are afraid to take action. The goal of our coming posts is to provide information which will assist those in Santa Ana, and elsewhere in our area, with knowing how to proceed when they have been victimized by their boss. We cannot stress enough that one should contact an employment law attorney immediately if they find themselves in such a situation.
We will be addressing multiple topics over our coming articles. Issues which we will analyze include:
- What constitutes race discrimination in employment
- Filing a claim and beginning a lawsuit
- Conducting discovery so that one may prove their case
- Attending trial in such matters
- Determining damages and the amount of financial compensation
It is critical that residents of our area understand these issues. First, many make the mistake of thinking that they cannot bring a claim against their employer unless they were explicitly told that ethnicity was the reason they were fired, demoted, suspended, or otherwise mistreated. The fact of the matter is that if a company implements a policy which does not appear to have anything to do with ethnicity, but has the impact of harming a particular group, then the company may be liable for discrimination. Second, there is an administrative process which one must go through before filing a lawsuit. Failing to do so can result in one’s case being dismissed. Third, the discovery process is crucial to proving the employer’s wrongdoing. Finally, knowing what to expect from trial and how to calculate one’s damages are crucial to knowing what to expect from the process.
One point we cannot stress enough is that you should contact a Santa Ana labor lawyer immediately if you or a loved one have been discriminated against, or harassed, on the basis of race or ethnicity. Victims of such acts only have a limited amount of time in which they may bring a claim against their employer. Missing this time window can result in one not getting their day in Court. Contact our Santa Ana office today to speak with an attorney. We also service the Orange County areas of Aliso Viejo, Anaheim, Buena Park, Costa Mesa, Dana Point, Fountain Valley, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Irvine, La Habra, Ladera Ranch, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Newport Beach, Orange, Placentia, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Tustin, Westminster, and Yorba Linda.