A Lawyer Fighting Workplace Discrimination in San Jose
Don’t let unfair treatment ruin your work environment
Workplace discrimination can take many forms, and has the potential to seriously impact both your career and your day-to-day well-being. Years of hard work can be jeopardized by the prejudices of coworkers and employers. Do not become discouraged ― the law can help you fight back.
The Law Office of George Duesdieker battles discrimination on behalf of clients in the San Jose area. If you are facing bias in the workplace because of race, age, gender, sexual orientation or disability, we can help you pursue legal options.
The law prohibits discrimination based on race, sex, age or disability
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibit discriminatory behavior by employers based on race, national origin, religion, gender or age, among other categories. Those and other federal employment laws provide Americans with legal options if facing abuse or unfair treatment in the workplace.
Several examples of prohibited conduct may be:
- Disparate treatment ― The EEOC bans disparate treatment of people who fall into a protected category. Evidence of disparate treatment can be found by promoting similarly situated employees of a different class, or disproportionately punishing you compared to coworkers.
- Harassment ― Unwelcome verbal or physical conduct is considered harassment. This includes situations where the harassment is an unwanted sexual advance or where the atmosphere has become so pervasive it has become a hostile work environment.
- Refusal to accommodate a disability ― The Americans with Disabilities Act requires that workplaces meet certain standards for people who are differently abled. Failure to meet those requirements constitutes discrimination.
As well, failure to accommodate your religious obligations or pregnancy may also constitute workplace discrimination. If you have suffered harassment, improper treatment or even wrongful termination, consult an attorney about your situation.
The Americans with Disabilities Act requires employers to accommodate employees
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) defines individuals with a disability as those who have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits at least one major life activity, have a record of the impairment and are regarded as having that impairment. The ADA requires that employers and businesses have accommodations like:
- Accessible routes through the office for those with disabilities
- Accessible bathrooms
- Handicapped parking spaces with the nearest accessible route to the building
- Ramps and handrails where possible
- Sinks at a height that complies with the ADA
There are many more requirements, and important specifications with which employers must comply. Failure to meet the ADA’s requirements is a form of workplace discrimination.
Contact us if you face workplace discrimination in San Jose or the Bay Area
The Law Office of George Duesdieker works with clients who are battling discrimination at their office or job. If you face unfair treatment because of race, gender, religion, disability or other cause, you may have a viable claim for workplace discrimination. Contact us at 650.684.5444 or online for a free initial consultation. We offer contingent fees, so you do not have to pay until you receive compensation.