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Common types of workplace discrimination reported in California

On Behalf of | Apr 22, 2020 | Firm News |

There are many different types of jobs that people have in California. People may work in offices, in factories, construction, transportation services, healthcare and many other types of jobs. These jobs perform very different functions and provide different services and products, however, they do have some things in common. One is that most are trying to sell their product or service, another is that they must follow labor laws, they cannot discriminate against their employees and others.

While workplace discrimination is prohibited, it does not mean that it does not occur. There are many different ways that employers can discriminate as well. It could be based on an employee’s age, sex, race, disability, religion, national origin and based on other factors as well. However, employees report certain types of discrimination more than others.

In 2019, there were a total of 4,276 charges for employment discrimination to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) from California. Many of the charges contain multiple types of discrimination though. Of those charges the top four most common type of discrimination claimed are: retaliation, which was claimed on 2,319 charges, which is 54% of all charges. After retaliation the next most common type is disability discrimination (1,487 claims), then race discrimination (1,421 claims) and the fourth most common type of discrimination is sex discrimination (1,321 claims).

Many people file discrimination charges in California each year. This discrimination can lead to many negative consequences as well. It could be that they are fired, either not promoted or demoted, transferred, not hired for a job and many other adverse effects. Because of these adverse actions, discrimination can be very costly for people. However, they may be entitled to compensation for the discrimination, which can include back pay and other damages. Experienced attorneys understand these complicated matters and may be able to protect employee’s rights.