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Employment Discrimination

Sound Advice for Employers Facing Discrimination Claims

Experienced employment law attorneys serving Alameda and Contra Costa Counties

Discrimination matters can negatively affect every aspect of your business. As an employer, it is your job to show that you did not take any action against an employee for discriminatory reasons. Despite your most ethical intentions, legal dilemmas based on charges of discrimination can still arise because an employee is disgruntled. At Garcia & Gurney, A Law Corporation, we provide immediate, trustworthy counsel to employers in California who face the most complicated employment and labor law issues. Let our legal team help you successfully defend your employment decisions.

How does an employee prove discrimination?

The basis of the employee’s case against you is that you terminated the person’s employment or made another type of employment decision that was based on a protected characteristic of the employee, as specified in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964:

  • Race or color
  • National origin
  • Sex
  • Religion
  • Age
  • Disability
  • Pregnancy
  • Sexual orientation

How you initially react to a legal action based on employment discrimination can affect your entire case. Before engaging in costly litigation, you should consult with a knowledgeable lawyer. We can examine the facts of the employee’s case and determine if there is another, less hostile way of resolving the conflict. Having represented both employers and employees, we have an advantage over the opposition — we know the tactics and strategies they use to settle such disputes.

Sexual harassment

A sexual-harassment claim by an employee can affect your reputation and your business. Even if you are unaware of any sexual harassment, you may still be liable under the Fair Employment and Housing Act. The skilled Pleasanton attorneys at Garcia & Gurney, A Law Corporation understand what is at stake in your case, and are prepared to move swiftly to resolve any sexual-harassment suit. While we are ready to engage in arbitration or mediation to settle an employment conflict quickly and civilly, we are also experienced litigation attorneys who can fight for you in court.

Age discrimination

The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 prohibits discriminatory practices against employees who are over the age of 40. This covers any aspect of employment — hiring, firing, compensation, job assignments, promotions, layoff, training, fringe benefits and other terms of employment. Our attorneys in Pleasanton can help you establish that your actions were based on reasonable factors other than age.

Trusted counsel for employers in California

Garcia & Gurney, A Law Corporation uses the utmost skill and discretion in helping employers resolve complicated discrimination and sexual harassment disputes. For assistance with a labor and employment issue or other business law matter in or around Alameda and Contra Costa Counties, contact us today by phone at 925-468-0400 or online.

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