Employment Discrimination

Employment Discrimination

iStock_000019225846XXLarge-1024x682Since the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, federal and state governments have enacted a number of laws that bar an employer from discriminating against employees on almost any grounds, aside from the quality of the employee’s work or the nature of his or her personality.  The right to work is a fundamental right and because you have a right to work, employers cannot refuse to hire you based on your race, gender, or age.

Facing harassment or discrimination in the workplace can be one of the most difficult obstacles professionals experience in their careers.  If you believe or suspect you have encountered discrimination in the workplace, either as an employee or as a job applicant, contact the Law Offices of Robert Vaage today at (619) 338-0505.  We have extensive experience and knowledge in employment discrimination cases.

California Law

The State of California has its own set of discrimination laws.  California has the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) which is a department charged with enforcing California’s discrimination laws meant to protect Californians both at work and with their housing and public accommodations.  The California Fair Employment and Housing Act is the statute that codifies what is and is not legal in the State of California as it pertains to discrimination and harassment in either housing or employment.   With these laws, there is an equitable and fair environment that embraces differences of people instead of discriminating against them.  If you find that you are the victim of employment discrimination or harassment, contact an experienced and knowledgeable employment discrimination attorney at the Law Offices of Robert Vaage.  Our office is conveniently located in San Diego, California.

Gender Discrimination

Gender discrimination is a common form of employment discrimination.  Gender discrimination targets pregnant women, single women, and working moms.  Victims of gender discrimination are typically denied employment, passed over for promotions, or denied medical benefits they are eligible to receive.  Some gender discrimination cases include:

  • Pregnancy leave
  • Denied promotion due to being pregnant
  • Denied promotion due to having children
  • Refusal of time off under the FMLA – Family Medical Leave Act

Racial Discrimination

The majority of employers today claim to be “equal opportunity employers” who do not discriminate against people based on race or country of national origin.  Unfortunately, this means that racial discrimination is seldom open or obvious.  Managers and supervisors secretly engage in discriminatory practices that affect promotions, salary, hiring, and layoffs.  If you have been denied a job, a promotion, or have been laid off because of racial discrimination, contact the employment discrimination attorneys at the Law Offices of Robert Vaage for a free initial consultation.

Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment in the workplace occurs when an employer or coworker imposes an unwelcome verbal, nonverbal or physical gesture of a sexual type that influences the employee’s performance, job security or results in a hostile work environment.  Victims may be anyone subject to unwanted advances, sexual connotations or behavior that is sexual in nature.  Victims of sexual harassment can be either men or women.  Civil rights and employment laws protect men and women from sexual harassment.  If you feel you have been a victim of sexual harassment in the workplace contact a lawyer at the Law Offices of Robert Vaage.

Other employment discrimination cases may include:

  • Sexual orientation
  • Disability
  • Medical condition
  • Pregnancy
  • Age
  • National origin
  • Religion
  • Wage violations
  • Misuse of employees retirement benefits


At the Law Offices of Robert Vaage, we represent employers and employees in employment discrimination disputes.  Our attorneys will investigate your claim and effectively represent your interests in negotiations and in court. If you are a victim of employment discrimination our attorneys can help you recover the compensation you have suffered due to legal violations.  Call our office today at (619) for a free legal consultation.