Long Beach Employment Discrimination Lawyers
Age Discrimination | Disability Discrimination | Pregnancy Discrimination | Racial Discrimination | LGBT Discrimination (Gay Rights)| Gender Discrimination
State and federal laws protect employees from discrimination in hiring, termination, promotion, and discipline based on protected classes recognized under state and federal laws.
Employees who are discriminated against or harassed based on race, age, sex, religion, or sexual orientation are protected and may pursue claims against their employers for unlawful treatment. While the law provides that employees may pursue such claims without being subjected to retaliation, this is often not the case. If you are fired or terminated for complaining about harassment or discrimination, you may have a separate claim against your employer.
At Andrea Cook & Associates, we have aggressively prosecuted wrongful termination, discrimination and harassment cases for over 20 years. The attorneys at our firm are knowledgeable and skilled and committed to protecting clients’ rights and fighting for you.
We are aggressive and experienced employment law attorneys. Put our extensive experience to work for you. Contact us today to learn about your rights and options.
The attorneys at our law firm confidently represent clients in discrimination cases that are based upon a number of personal characteristics. In all aspects of employment, employers must not discriminate against employees regardless of their status with respect to:
|• Age||• Marital Status|
|• Religion||• Medical Condition|
|• Race and / or Color||• Sexual Orientation|
|• Sex and / or Gender||• Genetic Characteristics|
|• National Original and / or Ancestry||• Physical / Mental Disability|
We take our obligation to protect the rights of clients seriously.
We have a diverse background in handling and resolving thousands of cases involving the rights of various protected classes of people and are fearless when representing clients with meritorious cases of first impression. We also handle complex employment discrimination cases involving multiple plaintiffs and, on occasion, multiple defendants.
Age discrimination – The California Fair Employment and Housing Act (commonly known as FEHA) prohibits employers from discriminating against employees over 40 years old. The burden of proof ultimately rests on the employee to prove he or she has been the victim of discrimination. Without direct proof, proof of discrimination must be shown indirectly by the use of statistics and other information including layoffs or terminations for no reason or for a “bad reason.” Examples of age discrimination include a female executive, over the age of forty, who was terminated after she complained about the failure to promote her when younger and less experienced employees were promoted.
Disability discrimination – Individuals with physical or mental disabilities, as defined by law, are protected as long as they can perform the essential functions of their job safely and efficiently. Employers are required to provide reasonable accommodations unless the accommodation would result in an undue hardship. An example of disability discrimination includes a Longshore worker (ILWU) who suffers from epilepsy, but can perform all of his or her job duties safely while on medication and with periodic rest breaks. The employer (Pacific Maritime Association) is required to provide the necessary rest breaks to keep the Longshore worker employed so long as the rest breaks are not an undue hardship on the company. These protections may apply if the employee currently suffers from a disability, has a history of a disability or is perceived to have a disability.
Pregnancy discrimination – State and federal laws prohibit employers from harassing, demoting, terminating or discriminating against employees for becoming pregnant or requesting pregnancy leave. Female employees returning from pregnancy disability leave are entitled to return to their same position or a comparable position. A woman who is pregnant, seeks to bond with her newborn child, or who suffers a disability because of pregnancy and/ or childbirth, enjoys very specific protections under state and federal laws.
The Rights of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals)
The rights of LGBT, while firmly established under California law, have a more precarious position under federal law. Andrea Cook & Associates has represented clients in cases of first impression involving the rights of LGBT. These cases include a teacher harassed by students and a transgender woman, earning a six figure income, who was terminated after she was “outed” as a former male executive in a similar position years earlier in a different state.
We are Ready to Help You
Employment discrimination is a complicated area of the law. We have in-depth experience protecting clients, and we are well-prepared to help you. Contact us today to discuss your race discrimination or other discrimination situation.