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Workplace Discrimination Attorney in Laguna Beach, CA

Employment Lawyer Geniene Stillwell is dedicated to representing employees who have been the victims of workplace discrimination for 30 years. State and Federal laws prohibit discrimination in the workplace. When an employer’s actions, either directly or indirectly, foster workplace discrimination, they can be held financially liable. The Stillwell Law Office and Attorney Geniene Stillwell have obtained several multi-million dollar verdicts on behalf of individual employees. Call today!

Workplace Discrimination can take numerous forms and in many instances, it is governed by both State and Federal law. Discrimination may consist of a refusal to hire, as well as adverse employment action, including the denial of benefits, reduction in compensation, failure to promote, demoting an employee and termination. Workplace discrimination can also take the form of harassment, and may include either physical or verbal abuse. It is unlawful for an employer to discriminate against an employee based upon any of the following:

  • Age Discrimination - Governed under California Law by the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) which protects employees over 40 years of age, and under federal law under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA), it is unlawful for employers to discriminate against any employee or potential employee over 40. If you believe that you have been the victim of Age Discrimination in the Workplace, contact the Stillwell Law Office. We will aggressively protect your rights.

  • Disability Discrimination - The California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act prohibit employer discrimination against employees who suffer from a physical disability or a mental disability. Furthermore, employers must provide reasonable accommodations to disabled employees unless doing so would create an undue hardship upon the employer. For more information regarding disability discrimination, contact Employment Lawyer Geniene Stillwell at the Stillwell Law Office to schedule a consultation. We can be reached at ((949) 541-2731.

  • Gender Discrimination - The California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) and Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act prohibit gender discrimination in the workplace. Gender discrimination is defined as treating an individual employee differently on the basis of gender and is applicable to both men and women. Employers cannot discriminate against any employee on the basis of their gender with respect to hiring, firing, promotions or demotions, compensation, job duties, or employee benefits. If you have suffered workplace discrimination on the basis of your gender, contact The Stillwell Law Office today. We will review the details of your employment situation with you and determine the best course of action for you to take to protect and preserve your rights.

  • National Origin Discrimination - Governed by The California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) and Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, and enforced by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), employers cannot discriminate against an employee on the basis of their national origin. Additionally, an employee cannot be discriminated against for associating with any particular identifiable national group. If you believe that you have been the victim of employment discrimination based on national origin, call Employment Lawyer Geniene Stillwell at the Stillwell Law Office today to schedule a consultation. An aggressive legal advocate for employee rights, Ms. Stillwell has obtained several multi-million dollar judgments on behalf of individual employees.

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  • Pregnancy Discrimination - The California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 directly prohibit employers from discriminating against any employee or potential employee on the basis of pregnancy. Additional protections are provided under the California Pregnancy Disability Leave Law (PDLL), the Federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the California Family Rights Act (CFRA). Under the PDLL, employers must allow an employee to take up to four months of unpaid leave for any pregnancy-related disability, including disability due to childbirth or any related medical condition. The FMLA also allows an employee to take unpaid leave for up to 12 weeks for pregnancy, childbirth, or any related medical condition. Leave taken under the PDLL and the FMLA run concurrently. The CFRA does not cover pregnancy-related disability but entitles any qualifying employee to take 12 weeks Family Leave after the birth of their child. Leave taken under the CFRA does not run concurrently to leave taken under the FMLA or PDLL based upon disability. If you have questions regarding pregnancy discrimination or pregnancy leave, contact The Stillwell Law Office at (949) 541-2731.

  • Race Discrimination - The California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) and Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act make it unlawful for any employer to discriminate against or harass an employee on the basis of their race or color. Additionally, both state and federal law prohibits discrimination against an employee on the basis of personal association with any individual based on the other party’s race, or their association with any race-based group. Harassment may include but is not limited to employers or co-workers making racial comments, slurs, jokes, and physical intimidation. If you have suffered workplace discrimination on the basis of your race or color, contact The Stillwell Law Office immediately at (949) 494-4744. We will review the details of your employment situation with you and determine the best course of action for you to take in order to protect and preserve your legal rights.

  • Religious Discrimination - The California Fair Employment Housing Act (FEHA) and Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act prohibit employers from discriminating against or harassing any employee on the basis of the employee’s religious beliefs. The FEHA and Title VII afford protection to employees of any religious belief and allow employees reasonable accommodation for the practice of their religion, as long as the impact upon the employer is minimal. Contact Employment Attorney Geniene Stillwell if you believe that either you or a loved one has been subjected to religious discrimination in the workplace.

  • Sexual Orientation Discrimination - The California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) expressly prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. The FEHA has defined “sexual orientation” to mean heterosexuality, homosexuality, and bisexuality. Additionally, an employer who discriminates against an individual on the basis of their “perceived” sexuality can also be held liable for damages, whether or not the employer’s perception was correct or incorrect. Although employees are protected under California law, currently there is no applicable federal law prohibiting sexual orientation discrimination.

    Not only are there numerous forms of workplace discrimination, but there are also two separate ways in which workplace discrimination can occur:

Disparate Treatment

Disparate treatment occurs whenever an employee is singled out and treated differently because they are a member of a particular class of individuals, either because of their race, religion, gender, age, etc. Examples include paying employees less because of their gender, subjecting others to racial slurs, and making offensive comments towards another because of their sexual orientation or religion.

Disparate Impact

Disparate impact occurs when a company instills certain policies or procedures whose effect is to exclude individuals based upon gender, religion, disability, etc. Employers cannot implement policies, which, upon enforcement result in any group of individuals being discriminated against.

Whether by disparate treatment or disparate impact, state and federal law prohibit discrimination in any form.

If you have been the victim of workplace discrimination, harassment, or believe that your employer is acting in violation of either federal labor laws or California labor laws, please fill out our Employment Law Case Evaluation Form. A representative from our office will contact you after we have fully reviewed the information provided.

For immediate assistance, call Employment Lawyer Geniene Stillwell and the attorneys at the Stillwell Law Office today at (949) 541-2731 to schedule a consultation. Attorney Stillwell will advise you as to your best course of action, help ensure that your rights are protected, and fight for monetary compensation.

We are located in Laguna Beach, California and represent clients throughout Southern California.