Workplace discrimination occurs when an employee or prospective employee is treated unfavorably on the basis of sex, race, national origin, disability and a host of other classifications protected by law.
As an example, state and federal law bars many employers from discriminating against any individual on the basis of gender. Generally then, no employer may decline or grant employment or make any other related decision—including training, advancement, pay level, benefits, discipline and termination—because the individual is a woman or a man.
Another type of discrimination is management “retaliation,” illustrated by the following example: A female employee alleges to management that she has been the victim of sexual harassment by her supervisor. A month or two later, the female employee fails to receive an expected promotion. She claims management has retaliated for her previous discrimination claim by denying her the promotion. She now has further “evidence” to back her claim.
Discrimination is illegal and when it occurs in the workplace, the employer is legally liable if any such claims are proven. When a company is charged with discrimination by an employee or prospective employee, its response must meet state and federal guidelines which are typically unknown to management. Furthermore, to protect the company against future claims, management must implement preventative internal measures.
Retaining competent legal counsel is critical to resolving discrimination issues in the workplace. The Law Offices of Timothy Bowles has extensive experience in effectively combatting discrimination claims of all types. We have been successfully representing employers in federal and California labor law matters since 1995. Our legal services in this area include:
- Management guidance on the exact legal requirements and procedures to resolve discrimination claims
- Implementation of sound workplace policies and procedures to prevent future claims
- Highly practical seminars and instruction to increase employee awareness and prevention of discriminatory practices
- Customized employee handbooks
Additionally, we strive to maintain the highest quality of client relations. Our attorneys take care to fully understand management’s needs and priorities, and rapidly address all concerns and communications.
The Law Offices of Timothy Bowles is dedicated to providing superior legal services to protect the lawful interests of businesses and nonprofit organizations. Call our offices to find out how we can assist you in addressing discrimination claims, litigation and other employment law matters.