Pros and Cons of Suing an Employer for Discrimination
California business attorneys provide advice to companies on the steps they can take to reduce the chances they will be sued. Brown & Charbonneau, LLP can also provide representation to employees who want to take action against their employers in cases where they are discriminated against or treated improperly. Unfortunately, discrimination at work happens far-too-often and employees often have a difficult choice to make when they wish to determine the kinds of action they should take if they are victimized.
Brown & Charbonneau, LLP can provide advice if you are an employee who has been treated unfairly and if you are considering taking legal action. Our compassionate and knowledgeable legal team can help you to evaluate the strength of your case and can help you to understand what the process of filing a lawsuit will entail. We provide representation to both employers and employees in discrimination claims so we know the ins-and-outs of discrimination proceedings and can help you to determine your best course of action.
Pros and Cons of Suing an Employer for Discriminatory Behavior
As the California Department of Fair Housing and Employment explains, many different kinds of discriminatory behavior are unlawful. If your employer sexually harasses you, treats you differently on the basis of your race, gender, religion, or other protected status, or refuses to make reasonable accommodations to allow you to work with a disability, you could file a lawsuit for discrimination.
You can also sue if you were disqualified from work opportunities because of a job-related requirement that has a disparate impact on a protected class, or can pursue a lawsuit if you were victimized by the creation of a hostile work environment. There are a vast number of different situations where you workplace rights are protected, and in any of these situations, you can file a lawsuit to protect your legal interests.
There are a few big benefits of deciding to sue. First, you can hopefully get the harassing or discriminatory behavior to stop. This will be beneficial to you, because your workplace will be safer and more egalitarian. It will also be beneficial to many other current and future workers who will not have their work opportunities or work lives derailed as a result of unlawful discriminatory behavior.
If you sue, you can also obtain a legal remedy for the discriminatory behavior that you endured. Often, companies will settle for a signifiant sum of money or you will be able to obtain substantial financial compensation through an award of damages in employment litigation. Being compensated for the harm that you endured can be important, especially if you were forced to quit your job or if you were denied promotions because of the discrimination and you experienced financial loss as a result.
However, there are also some downside associated with deciding to sue. While your employer is, by law, not allowed to retaliate against you for asserting your right to a workplace free from discrimination, this does not mean in practice that your employer won’t be looking for justifiable ways to take action against you. Your employer may pounce upon any mistake or problem at work and use it as justification to fire you or demote you if your employer is unhappy about your lawsuit. You may also simply feel uncomfortable continuing to work for a company you are pursuing legal action against and may decide that you need to leave your place of employment.
You could also find that you are the victim of a character assassination as an employer tries to discredit you, which can be very uncomfortable– and which could end up damaging your future employment prospects. A quick settlement with a non-disclosure agreement can often help you to avoid these undesirable outcomes.
Getting Help from California Business Attorneys
The expert business attorneys at Brown & Charbonneau, LLP can provide you with guidance if you wish to sue a company, or can provide you with advocacy and advice if your company is being sued. We can help you to try to negotiate an amicable out-of-court resolution to conflicts that arise in connection with anti-discrimination claims so you can avoid the stress of court if you are being discriminated against or avoid the damage to your company’s reputation when a claim is made against you. We are also assertive, knowledgeable litigators who can fight for you in court.
To find out more about how our firm can help you with discrimination cases, give us a call at 866-237-8129 or contact us online today.