Racial and National Origin Discrimination
The Los Angeles racial discrimination lawyers of Lim Law Group, P.C. protect employees who have been racially discriminated in the workplace. Discrimination based on race and national origin are strictly prohibited in each and every aspect of the workplace, including hiring, compensation, training, discipline, promoting, and firing under both federal and state laws. National origin discrimination is based on physical characteristics that is often times related to that particular race, including, hair color, and skin color. It is illegal for an employer to intentionally and purposefully target applicants or employees of a particular race or national origin and discriminate against them due to their race. Employers can also be liable for racial discrimination when they adopt policies that although seem neutral on their face, have an unfair or negative effect on a particular race.
The Los Angeles discrimination lawyers of Lim Law Group recognize that employers will rarely admit that he/she made certain decisions solely based on race. Proof of racial discrimination is often found through circumstantial evidence, as well as pattern and practices at the workplace. For example, there may be instances where an employer promotes only employees of a certain race to managerial or supervisory positions, requires that only applicants of a particular race submit a drug test, targets an employee of a particular race, provides unfair treatment, pays certain employees more than other employees of a certain race, gives different benefits and training, provides opportunities to certain employees over others based on race, and assigns preferential job duties or scheduling based on race. Such conduct may be a basis for a claim for racial discrimination.
Additionally, it is illegal for employers to apply a company policy that appears to be natural, when in reality affect applicants or employees of a particular race more unfairly than others. In applying the policy, employers can defend against racial discrimination claims by demonstrating that there was a valid and legitimate job-related purpose for applying the policy.
Protections against racial discrimination in the workplace extend to each and every employee in the United States, regardless of the place of birth, whether inside or outside the United States. Racial discrimination can also be present in cases of religious discrimination, as certain national origins identify with certain religious beliefs. In such circumstances, employers are legally required to make reasonable accommodations for those employees who observe certain religious holidays, wear religious attire, or engage in other religious based practices. It is also illegal for employers to discriminate against employees who may have an accent due to their national origin.
If you believe you have been discriminated by your co-worker or employer based on your national origin or racial ethnicity, the Los Angeles discrimination lawyers of Lim Law Group will seek legal remedies on your behalf based on the harm caused by the employer’s discriminatory conduct. As there are strict time limits to file a claim for discrimination, it is imperative that you act quickly. For example under California law, employees must file with the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) within one year of the discriminatory conduct. If you fail to do so, your claims may be time barred. If you believe you have fallen victim to discrimination, please contact the Los Angeles discrimination lawyers of Lim Law Group for a free case evaluation.