Learn More About Discrimination – Frequently Asked Questions
While discrimination may seem to be a straightforward offense, it is often a very difficult and complex claim to prove legally. The Law Office of David P. Strauss understands the complexities of discrimination. Attorney Strauss has decades of experience giving legal advice to those seeking justice for the wrong done to them. We frequently hear these discrimination questions:
What is the difference between harassment and discrimination?
Discrimination is an act of mistreatment toward an individual or group on the grounds of sex, race, gender, age or other classification. At work, this may look like unfair wages or a rejected promotion. It may also lead to an unjust termination.
Harassment is either an isolated or series of unwanted advances or verbal attacks or threats, usually harming the victim’s sense of safety. California law, however, recognizes that certain unlawful conduct can be both harassment and discrimination.
Why do I need a lawyer to file a workplace discrimination claim?
An experienced lawyer will know what evidence matters. A lawyer may investigate the history of the employer, perhaps to find patterns of discriminatory behavior. Simply put, a lawyer knows how to build an effective case.
What does California say about discrimination?
California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing reinforces federal mandates on equal opportunity and provides even broader employee protections.
How long do I have to file a discrimination claim?
From the time a violation of California discrimination law occurs a victim has between one to three years to file an administrative claim with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing. After obtaining a Right to Sue letter from the State, a victim has an additional one year to commence a lawsuit. Make sure you inquire promptly with our firm to ascertain the applicable statute of limitations.