Can I File a Lawsuit If I Experience Racial Discrimination at Work?

Discrimination or harassment based on a person’s race, age or gender is reprehensible. In addition, in many cases, it is illegal if it occurs in a workplace. Photo of hand

Recently, an extra for the movie “A Haunted House 2” filed a harassment lawsuit against actor Marlon Wayans claiming that he subjected him to “offensive language about his race and unfavorably compared him to an animated character.”

According to Beverly Hills Patch, the plaintiff filed a lawsuit against Wayans and other parties, including IM Global Octane. In the lawsuit, in September 2013 Wayans tweeted photos of the alleged victim and Cleveland Brown, an animated character on the television series, “Family Guy”.

The lawsuit also claims that Wayans used a derogatory racial term when captioning photos, and made fun of the man for his hair, mustache and weight.

Can I File a Lawsuit If I Am Subjected to Discrimination at Work?

Remember, in addition to speaking with an attorney, you must file a claim with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) if you believe that you have been subjected to harassment at work. You must file the claim within a year from when the alleged incidents took place.

If you believe that you are experiencing harassment at work, including name-calling, threats, intimidation, offensive jokes and insults, you should keep a record and note when the incidents occurred. Recording these events will make things easier for you, should you speak to an attorney and contact the DFEH.

If you are experiencing harassment by another employee, schedule a consultation with our Los Angeles discrimination attorneys. We can investigate your case and determine if you are entitled to damages.

Kesluk, Silverstein & JacobLos Angeles employment attorneys