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San Francisco Discrimination Attorneys

There are many federal and California state laws that prevent discrimination against certain individuals in certain situations. These laws can apply at work, regarding housing, as well as access to public accommodations, including government offices and private businesses. Despite laws providing clear prohibitions against certain types of discrimination, this type of harmful conduct continues to occur. 

If you believe that you suffered unlawful discrimination, you have important legal rights. Contact our office to learn how our San Francisco discrimination attorneys can help. 

Unlawful Workplace Discrimination

Employers generally have the right to terminate or make other employment decisions for many different reasons, or even no reason at all. However, employers are prohibited from taking adverse employment action against employees based on any of the following:

  • Race or national origin
  • Sex or gender
  • Pregnancy
  • Sexual orientation
  • Gender expression or gender identity
  • Being the victim of sexual assault or domestic violence
  • Disability (actual or perceived)
  • Age (for employees over age 40)
  • Religion
  • Veteran or military status
  • Political activity or affiliation
  • Marital status
  • Genetic information

Employers might take many different employment actions, including refusal to hire someone, denial of raises or promotions, less desirable assignments or shifts, cutting work hours, termination, and more. Furthermore, employers may not allow harassment based on protected factors to occur, and companies may not retaliate against employees who complain of possible discrimination or harassment.

Discrimination in Housing and Public Accommodations

As well as the workplace, discrimination based on the above factors is prohibited when it comes to the rental, financing, or sale of housing. Landlords, lenders, real estate companies, brokers, and other involved parties may not refuse to transact with certain individuals because of protected factors. These parties must also make reasonable accommodations for a tenant’s disabilities. 

Anti-discrimination laws reach even further and protect you from discrimination when it comes to public accommodations. When space is open to the public, owners or managers are not allowed to discriminate against certain patrons or visitors. This applies to:

  • Stores
  • Restaurants
  • Hotels
  • Public transportation
  • Apartment complexes
  • Government offices

Such entities much also ensure they are in compliance with all accessibility requirements that allow individuals with disabilities to access their premises. In addition, companies must ensure their websites are accessible to those with hearing or visual impairments. 

Did You Experience Unlawful Discrimination?

Companies that allow unlawful discrimination against employees, patrons, or other individuals should be held liable for the unlawful conduct and any harm it caused. Victims of discrimination can be eligible for various types of relief. Such as:

  • Compensation for lost income or other losses
  • Compensation for emotional pain and suffering
  • Reinstatement to a job or housing unit
  • Accommodations as needed for a disability

Consult with Our San Francisco Discrimination Attorneys Today

It can be difficult to know whether you experienced unlawful discrimination, and it helps to have an experienced San Francisco discrimination lawyer evaluate your rights and options. The legal team of Olivier Schreiber & Chao LLP is ready to help, so please contact us for more information. 

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