Employment2018-07-12T23:35:41+00:00

Employment Attorney in Beverly Hills, CA

We each aspire to have a job that is not only meaningful and rewarding but also pays a wage that is fair and generous enough to support a family. The law does not guarantee this, unfortunately. But California and federal laws do guarantee a workplace free from discrimination, sexual harassment and retaliation.

West Seber Bulger LLP represents employees across California in cases involving:

  • Discrimination based on race, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, disability, religion immigration status, marital status, age, or national origin

  • Wrongful termination of employment due to race, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, disability, religion, immigration status, marital status, age, or national origin

  • Sexual harassment or harassment based on race, sexual orientation, disability, religion, age, or national origin

  • Retaliation for taking leaves of absence or for reporting harassment or discrimination

  • Defamation at the workplace or as a result of a wrongful termination or performance review

There are specific laws in California, such as the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), that make it an unlawful for an employer to discriminate against or harass any person based on race, ancestry, sex, age, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, pregnancy or other enumerated characteristics, or to retaliate against any person for challenging certain conduct.

Examples of unlawful discrimination can include the following:

  • Offensive jokes based on your sexual preference, race, disability, pregnancy, age, religion, marital status, sexuality, physical appearance or other protected characteristic

  • Treating someone who is pregnant less favorably than her colleagues

  • Being told you are too old for promotion

  • Reference to or jokes about your religion

  • Paying different salaries to equally-qualified employees in the same position

  • Dismissal or reduction in shifts

  • Denial of training opportunities, transfers and promotions

  • Exclusion or isolation by co-workers

  • Deliberate withholding of information that you need to do your job effectively

  • Being given “impossible” tasks

  • Being subjected to taunts or abuse that reference a protected characteristic

  • Refusal to hire a job applicant due to the applicant’s protected characteristic

  • Stating or suggesting preferred candidates in a job advertisement

California law also protects against workplace harassment.

Under FEHA, workplace harassment is unlawful if the harassing conduct is tied to one following protected characteristics:

  • Color

  • Sexual orientation

  • Age (40 and over)

  • Military status

  • Marital status

  • Genetic information

  • Gender

  • Sex

  • Medical condition or disability
  • National origin

  • Ancestry

  • Religion

  • Race

Sexual harassment is the most common form of workplace harassment. California law typically recognizes two forms of sexual harassment: “quid pro quo” or “hostile work environment.”
“Quid pro quo” harassment occurs when a job benefit is directly tied to an employee submitting to unwelcome sexual advances. For example, a supervisor promises an employee a raise if he or she will go out on a date with him or her, or tells an employee he or she will be fired if he or she doesn’t sleep with him or her.

In contrast, a “hostile work environment” occurs when unwelcome sexual comments or conduct unreasonably interferes with your work performance or creates an intimidating or offensive working environment. You may experience sexual harassment even if the offensive conduct was not targeted at you directly.

Examples of sexual harassment may include the following:

  • Physical contact, such as fondling or touching

  • Kissing, touching, brushing or being held

  • Obscene gestures

  • Sexually suggestive comments on your physical appearance

  • Sending sexually explicit messages in writing, or by telephone, facsimile, email or the internet

  • Unwelcome comments about your personal life or your sexual activities

  • Displaying or sending offensive materials such as pornography

  • Leering

  • Displaying sexually suggestive objects, pictures, cartoons or posters

The attorneys at West Seber Bulger LLP represent individuals who were fired, demoted or failed to be promoted due to workplace discrimination, retaliation or sexual harassment.

Our attorneys will seek to recover the following damages:

  • Past lost wages

  • Future lost wages

  • Lost benefits

  • Emotional distress damages

  • Punitive damages (to punish the company)

  • Attorneys’ fees

We also seek job reinstatement for our clients, if desired.

Looking for a Employment Attorney in Beverly Hills, CA?

If you believe you were discriminated or retaliated against, wrongfully terminated or sexually harassed, schedule a free initial consultation with one of our attorneys by calling us or filling out our contact form.

We look forward to speaking with you today

310-651-7438