Written by attorney Rodney Mesriani

The Basics of California Wrongful Termination and Race Discrimination

Terminating an employee on the basis of his or her race is against the law. Accordingly, a California employee who was terminated because of his or her gender has a claim for wrongful termination case. Under the law, employers are prohibited from discriminating against an employee based on his or her race or color, which is why terminating an employee just because he or she is affiliated with a certain race is unlawful. In the State of California, there are two laws that prohibit wrongful termination based on a person’s race, and these are: Title VII of the Civil Rights Act – Title VII is a federal law that prohibits employers with 15 or more employees to discriminate individuals based on their race or color. This law also explicitly prohibits termination of an employee because of his or her race. California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) – This California state law makes it unlawful for employers with five or more employees to terminate individuals only because of their race. Meanwhile, California employees who were terminated due to their race are advised to file a formal complaint with either the United State Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH). These government agencies give assistance to California employees who were discriminated by their employers. Additionally, EEOC and DFEH both have the mandate to investigate and mediate on discrimination and termination caused by discrimination complaints. If you are California employee who was terminated because of your race, it is advisable for you to hire a Los Angeles labor lawyer. Your lawyer can assist in you filing a complaint with the EEOC or the DFEH. Also, he or she can help you file a lawsuit in case you have to. Hiring a labor lawyer is important in claiming for wrongful termination damages. Under the law, wrongful termination victims may be eligible to the following forms of compensations: • Loss of income – This serves as payment for the employee’s wage lost due to termination. • Pain and suffering – This compensates the mental anguish and emotional distress caused by the termination. California employees and applicants alike should know their rights under employment laws so they will never be subjected to undue hardships like wrongful termination. Individuals who want to learn more about their employment rights may seek legal advice from an expert Los Angeles labor lawyer. They may also use the Internet to read various legal articles and news stories about wrongful termination in California to further improve their knowledge regarding the subject.

Additional resources provided by the author

California Fair Employment and Housing Act Title VII of the Civil Rights Act United State Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

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