Civil Rights & Discrimination

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Civil Rights & Discrimination

California State and Federal Civil Rights laws prohibit discrimination against any person on the basis of, among other things, the person’s race, gender, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, pregnancy, disability or perceived disability.

Discrimination or interference with a person’s civil rights by another, gives rise to an action for damages against the offending party. Some examples of the rights protected by law include: the freedom of speech, press, and assembly; the right to vote; freedom from involuntary servitude; the right to equality in public places; and the right to full and equal accommodations, privileges and services in all business establishments.

There are several State and Federal laws that protect individuals against discrimination. These laws include the following:

Civil Rights and Discrimination Laws
  • Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII)
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA)
  • The Unruh Civil Rights Act
  • Tom Bane Civil Rights Act
  • The Ralph Act
  • Equal Pay Act
  • Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA)
  • Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

A person who was the victim of discrimination may be entitled to recover actual and compensatory damages, punitive damages, civil penalties, injunctive relief. In addition, a victim who prevails in court may be entitled to an award of reasonable costs and attorney fees.

Contact Kaplan Weiss LLP if you believe you may be a victim of discrimination. We are experienced in handling discrimination cases and can often take your case on a contingency basis.

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