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Discrimination & Harassment

What Is Discrimination?

Unfortunately, discrimination comes in many forms.  A few examples include but are not limited to:

  • Termination

  • Demotion, passing over for promotion or failure to hire

  • Unequal treatment or salary or wage differences or benefits

  • Unfair job assignments and unequal access to training and education or benefits

  • Open or indirect harassment and abuse

Race and National Origin Discrimination


Under Federal and California state laws, it is illegal to discriminate on the basis of a person’s race, ethnic identity, country of origin, or even their accent or hair style or clothing in certain instances. It is also illegal to discriminate based an employee’s religious affiliation or schools, temples, churches or mosques affiliated with a national origin group. This may even extend to the employee’s spouse or children.


It is unlawful for an employer to discriminate in the “terms or conditions of employment,” which means anything related to someone’s job, including their title, position, pay, hours, benefits, or other term or condition of employment.  There is a good chance you are protected under California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act called the “FEHA” or the California Equal Pay Act. 



Fortunately, California has some of the strongest protections against discrimination.  If you believe you have been discriminated against, you may be able to recover the following types of damages:

  • Back pay

  • Front pay

  • Compensatory damages for emotional pain and suffering

  • Punitive damages

  • Attorney’s fees

  • Court costs


If you think that you have been discriminated against because of your race, country of origin, or the color of your skin, get in touch with a California race discrimination attorney at Shalchi Burch LLP now.  Don’t wait.  We will evaluate and assess your case free of charge.

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