Are you a California employee who has experienced discrimination? If you have been denied benefits, harassed, or mistreated in the workplace because of your race, gender, religion, nationality, genetic information, age, disability, or pregnancy, you may have the right to take legal action. We can help.
What Do Employment Attorneys Do?
Employment lawyers specialize in laws related to the workplace, including issues such as:
- Sexual harassment
- Employee benefit plans
- Working hours
Employment lawyers also advocate for clients in court when necessary. Additionally, they may negotiate settlements between employees and employers regarding workplace-related matters.
Employment lawyers use their knowledge of the law to protect their clients’ rights. They review documents such as employee contracts and collective bargaining agreements to ensure that employers are in compliance with all applicable laws.
At Benton Employment Law, our Oakland employment lawyer Chambord Benton-Hayes can help you fight for the damages you deserve using her experienced mediation and litigation skills. Regardless of the details surrounding your case, our staff strives to be caring, personable, and fully committed to each of our client’s best interests. We will fight for you until you achieve the most favorable result possible.
There are a number of state and federal laws that protect you against discrimination including the:
- California Fair Employment Housing Act
- Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
- The Pregnancy Discrimination Act
- Equal Pay Act of 1963
- Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967
- Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990
- The Fair Labor Standards Act.
If you have been wrongfully treated based on any of the following characteristics, we will fight for you:
- Age (40+)
- Sexual orientation
Discrimination can take many forms. It may look like wrongful termination, harassment, retaliation, sexual harassment, or a number of other things. If you feel that you have been wrongfully treated in any way because of a protected characteristic about yourself, we recommend contacting a lawyer who offers free consultations to help you determine whether you have a viable case and what steps to take next.
If you have been the victim of employment discrimination, you should take the following steps:
- Report the discrimination to your employer (a supervisor and/or the HR department)
- Cooperate with their investigation
- File a charge with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH)and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
- Reach out to a local discrimination lawyer for legal advice
After you file a discrimination claim with the DFEH/EEOC, you will receive a notice from the EEOC either asking you and your employer to participate in mediation or asking your employer to respond to your charge in written form or dismissing your charge. You might also receive an immediate right-to-sue letter.
What Compensation Could We Be Entitled to?
If you have been discriminated against, you should know that you could be entitled to the following:
- Back pay
- Front pay
- Compensatory damages
- Punitive damages
Alos, determine whether you need to seek medical treatment related to your claim against your employer and a further basis for damages. Because each case is different, it may help to speak with an attorney at our firm for more details so you can make a more informed decision about how to proceed with your case.
For the proven Oakland employment discrimination representation you need in your corner, call our office today at (510) 650-0250 to learn how our Oakland employment attorneys can help.
Attorney Benton-Hayes dedicates her time to local causes, such as serving as the President of the Black Women Lawyers Association of Northern California. This organization encourages Black women to support their peers by networking as well as prioritizes giving back to their communities.
Working for some of the world’s largest companies—like Google, Apple, and Tesla—has provided Attorney Benton-Hayes with valuable, in-depth experience and given our firm a unique perspective when handling employment law cases.
We prioritize our client's needs and make sure to handle every case with high attention to detail. Our representation is always tailored to each client, which helps us to better resolve cases in a manner that puts your goals and needs first.
Our firm will provide you with the support you need both inside and outside of the courtroom. We are available to our clients throughout the duration of their cases for whatever you need.
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