What qualifies as employment discrimination?
What is employment discrimination? Employment discrimination generally exists where an employer treats an applicant or employee less favorably merely because of a person’s race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or status as a protected veteran.
What happens if I can’t afford a lawyer?
In a criminal proceeding, if you can’t afford legal assistance, a court will appoint an attorney for you. In a civil case, generally described as a dispute between two private parties, to get legal representation, you have to get creative. Seek free lawyer consultations. Look to legal aid societies.
Can I sue my employer for unfair wages?
When an employer fails to follow California wage and hour laws, you may be able to recover the unpaid wages through filing a wage claim with the labor commissioner or filing a lawsuit against your employer. Lawsuits against employers for California labor law violations may include: Late payment of wages.
Do you need an employment discrimination lawyer?
By Joseph Williams, Attorney. Updated: Jun 17th, 2020. You usually don’t need a lawyer to file a discrimination complaint with the EEOC, but you should consider hiring one in certain situations. Before you can sue your employer for discrimination, whether based on race, gender, disability, or another protected characteristic, you usually must file a complaint (called a “charge”) with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), or a similar state agency.
Is it necessary to hire an employment lawyer?
An employment lawyer often becomes necessary when a dispute arises with a current or former employee. Employers can also hire an employment lawyer-preferably the same one-to review their policies and contracts periodically and advise them on any changes in the law.
Should I contact an employment lawyer?
If you are involved in an employment-related dispute, or if you need to ensure that you are in compliance with state or federal employment laws, you should contact a local employment lawyer for assistance. Your lawyer will help you understand the issue and will represent your best interests in resolving any legal disputes.
How to choose an employment law attorney?
Schedule a consultation. Many attorneys now offer free or reduced-fee consultations.