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Bay Area Discrimination Attorneys

If you believe you are being treated unfairly at work based on your race, national origin, gender, disability, perceived disability, record of a disability, age, religion, or sexual orientation, then you may have a case involving unlawful discrimination. All of these are protected classifications under the Federal statute, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, and for workers in California, under the state’s Fair Employment and Housing Act.

Direct evidence of discrimination – which can be rare in today’s workplaces – is not needed to prove discrimination. In many cases, creating an inference of discrimination may be enough to prove your claim. This may require showing evidence that you are similarly situated to another employee who received more favorable treatment than you. For example, imagine you and another individual applied for the same job, and you were the more qualified candidate, but the other individual – who is not of your same race, sex, national origin, etc. – was hired. In that case, you may be able to prove discrimination if the employer can not articulate a legitimate, non-discriminatory reason for their hiring decision, or if you are able to show that the employer’s stated reason for not hiring you was false.

Sometimes, too, a whole group of people – say, people with disabilities, for example – is treated discriminatorily by being denied opportunities in the workplace. In other cases, a job requirement appears to be neutral, but actually impacts disproportionately one group of employees or potential employees – say, by making it harder on employees over 40, or employees who are of a particular national origin.

Please contact employment attorney Bryan Schwartz if you believe you were subjected to any of these types of job discrimination and you need legal advice you can trust.

Be mindful of your deadline to file a complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and/or, if your situation arose in California, with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing.

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