We all want to be treated with fairness and equality in every facet of our lives, whether in employment, education, housing, or other. No one wants to be regarded differently based on who they are.
Discrimination in employment and housing remains a serious issue in Los Angeles County, California. While there are strong state and federal regulations that protect Californians from unlawful discrimination, unfortunately, the problem persists.
Discrimination can be incredibly destructive. If you have suffered from discrimination, you may feel angry, frustrated, taken advantage of, or embarrassed, or endure other emotional distress. You may also experience financial losses. Please know that you have legal options available. Ignoring discrimination can cause it to become worse. It is important to take action to protect your rights.
At the Dolan Law Firm, our compassionate Los Angeles discrimination attorneys are dedicated advocates for people who have been discriminated against in Southern California. If you believe that you have encountered housing or employment discrimination, please do not hesitate to contact our law firm today.
Have you been the victim of discrimination? Call us toll-free at 800-339-0352 or fill out our contact form for a free consultation on your case.
When to Call a Discrimination Lawyer in Los Angeles
Discrimination occurs when you are targeted specifically because of certain characteristics, legally known as protected classifications. These classifications can include:
- Race and ethnicity;
- Sex and sexual orientation;
- Gender expression;
- And other protected classifications.
Discrimination can take many forms, from failure to hire to being barred from purchasing a house.
Despite it being a violation of both state and federal laws, discrimination is still an ever-present part of our society. It is especially prevalent in workplaces, where victims of discrimination can be denied advancement opportunities or face negative changes in their wages or employment status, despite their qualifications and performance. People may also experience harassment, retaliation and / or wrongful termination.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission reported an average of over 5,800 charges of discrimination every year from 2009 to 2021. 2021 was the lowest year reporting, and that still saw over 3,865 cases.
If you feel that you have been illegally discriminated against, whether it is based upon age, race, pregnancy, disability, sexual orientation, religion, or any other type of unlawful discrimination, you should speak to a discrimination attorney in Los Angeles immediately.
Discrimination Claims We Handle in Los Angeles, California
State and federal regulations protect employees against race-based discrimination. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act are two of the most important laws that protect workers from racial discrimination and harassment. At the Dolan Law Firm, we have extensive experience handling race/national origin discrimination. In fact, our lead attorney Chris Dolan recorded the largest ever verdict for race and national origin harassment in the state of California. If you are looking for a racial discrimination lawyer in Los Angeles, contact and call us today: (213)-667-0308.
No employee should ever face unequal treatment from their employer because of their age. While both the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act protect employees over 40, older workers can still find themselves the target of harassment and discrimination from their coworkers and their managers. At Dolan Law Firm, we are skilled at handling all types of discrimination claims, including age discrimination.
Gender & Sex Discrimination
Gender or sex-based discrimination should never be accepted in the workplace. Our law firm handles the full range of gender-based discrimination claims. This includes female workers being denied raises, promotions, positions, or job opportunities based on their gender as well as claims involving pregnancy discrimination and sexual harassment. While women experience disproportionately gender discrimination, there are many cases in which men have been discriminated against, as well.
LGBTQ+ Discrimination Cases
At the Dolan Law Firm, we are proud to fight for the rights of members of the LGBTQ+ community. Our founder and chief legal counsel Christopher Dolan has been nationally recognized for his dedication and success defending the rights of transgender persons. Legally, California has better protections for LGBTQ+ individuals than many other states. Still, this type of discrimination remains a problem and those who have suffered need a skilled legal representative by their side.
Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) Claims
Disabled Americans have a right to job opportunities and protections. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), many employers are required to provide reasonable accommodations to workers who have disabling conditions. At the Dolan Law Firm, our Los Angeles disability discrimination lawyers fight aggressively on behalf of those who face disability discrimination.
Employer Retaliation and Wrongful Termination
Employees have the legal right to complain about discrimination or harassment without facing any type of adverse retaliation from their employer. Unfortunately, sometimes, when people try to stop workplace discrimination or workplace harassment, employer retaliation and wrongful termination does occasionally occur.
Retaliation is illegal. If you or a family member was retaliated against or fired because you spoke up about discrimination or harassment, your civil rights have been violated. You should contact our Los Angeles employment and workplace discrimination lawyers immediately.
Under state and federal law, Americans are protected from housing discrimination. Unfortunately, mortgage lenders, financial institutions, landlords, and property management companies, still sometimes engage in race-based housing discrimination. Housing discrimination can cause tremendous emotional stress and financial damage. If you were the victim of housing discrimination in Los Angeles County, the civil rights lawyers at the Dolan Law Firm can help. Contact our housing discrimination attorneys today: (213)-667-0308.
Bane and Ralph Act Claims
The Bane Act and Ralph Act are important California state laws which protect people from discrimination. Under the Bane Act, it is illegal to interfere with someone else’s rights by using threats, coercion, or violence to interfere with their civil rights. As these are complicated legal cases, it is crucial that victims consult with a Los Angeles discrimination lawyer who has experience handling Bane Act lawsuits.
Unruh Act Claims
Residents of Los Angeles are protected from discrimination by businesses in the state of California. Businesses are prohibited from discriminating against another person based on that person’s protected characteristics. These include:
- National origin;
- Mental or physical disability;
- Age; and
- Certain medical conditions.
Notably, the Unruh Act is not restricted to these characteristics. California’s highest court has ruled that the Unruh Act protects people against discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and transgender status as well. If a business or other establishment has denied you or someone you know service based on a protected characteristic, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Our Los Angeles discrimination lawyers are prepared to protect your legal rights.
California Hate Crimes
California law provides people with legal protections against hate crimes. Certainly, all crimes must be handled by our criminal justice system. Though, with hate crimes, there is also often a civil case. Those who have suffered from hate crimes face additional challenges; indeed, the emotional distress can be truly devastating. Victims of hate crimes in Los Angeles should always consult with an experienced California civil rights lawyer who can help them explore all of their available legal options to get the justice they deserve.
What a Los Angeles Discrimination Attorney Can Do for You
Discrimination cases can be difficult to prosecute because evidence is not always easy to come by.
To prove discrimination, you will need at least one of the following types of evidence:
- Direct verbal or written declarations based on a protected class characteristic. Such as, a supervisor stating outright that an employee was let go because they were pregnant.
- Indirect or circumstantial evidence based on suspicious or unusual actions or patterns that suggest discrimination. This is more commonly used in discrimination claims, because the other party is much less likely to openly admit discrimination—especially in employment discrimination, where managers have generally been well-trained on what they should and should not say.
Contact Our Los Angeles Discrimination Attorneys Today
At the Dolan Law Firm, our California employment law attorneys are proud to protect the legal rights of workers. We have deep experience handling the full range of discrimination claims. If you face job discrimination in Southern California, our legal team is prepared to help.
If you are interested in pursuing a lawsuit, a discrimination law firm can:
- Assess your case;
- Investigate and substantiate your claims;
- Determine the specific discrimination laws and statutes that have been violated;
- Advise you on your next steps.
Depending on the type of discrimination you suffered, you may have grounds for legal action. If so, we can work together to get you justice and compensation, including compensatory damages, punitive damages, emotional distress damages, and more.
To set up your free, fully confidential employment discrimination case review, please do not hesitate to contact our law office today. We represent workers throughout Los Angeles County, CA, including in Long Beach, Pasadena, Palmdale, Lancaster, Santa Clarita, El Monte, Torrance, and Downey.
Is Dolan Law Firm’s legal team of discrimination attorneys in Los Angeles the right choice for my case?
If you are looking for representation in a discrimination case, Dolan Law Firm has the knowledge and experience you need.
As one of the premier civil rights and discrimination law firms in Los Angeles and the Bay Area, we have been fighting for our clients’ rights since our founding in 1995. We have won our clients hundreds of millions in compensation, including a landmark $61 million verdict for racial and ethnic discrimination. As well-versed discrimination attorneys in the Los Angeles area, we know the best way to approach your case to get you justice—contact us today for a free case review consultation.
What does it cost to hire to handle my Los Angeles discrimination case?
When you are a client of the Dolan Law Firm you won’t pay anything upfront. No retainers, hourly fees, or other hidden charges.
Our team of discrimination attorneys in Los Angeles will consult with you about your case for free, and if we proceed, we will only get paid if we are able to win a settlement or a verdict for you. Learn more about how we have helped clients just like you.
As an experienced discrimination attorney in Los Angeles, how long would my case take to settle?
We understand that you are in pain from your experience, and you may be looking for a resolution as quickly as possible.
Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee a result in a specific time frame. Like any legal case, a discrimination lawsuit can be a time-consuming process. However, we will do our best to move your case forward in a timely manner to get you the outcome you deserve, and pride ourselves on keeping you informed along the way.
How long do I have to bring a discrimination case?
The amount of time you have depends on many factors. In some instances, you may need to file administrative claims first, and exhaust all of those options before you can proceed to legal remedies.
We recommend that, if you have been the victim of discrimination, that you speak to a Los Angeles discrimination attorney as soon as possible so you know exactly what courses of action you may have, and how long you have to pursue them.