Recently, famous national parks around the country have come under scrutiny amongst reports of sexism and work harassment committed against female park employees. The park service has a reputation for being a male dominated culture, and there are many more men than women in the workforce. Allegations of bullying against the former superintendent of Yosemite park, and complaints of exploitation of female workers at Yellowstone started investigations last year. It is not easy being a woman in a male-dominated field, and there are laws that protect against workplace discrimination, like the California Fair Employment and Housing Act. Wrongful termination, sexual harassment, and race and gender discrimination are illegal. Keep reading to see how to file your discrimination case.
Questions to Ask Yourself Before Filing a Workplace Discrimination Case
What kind of issue is it? Were you wrongfully terminated from your position, sexually harassed, or held back from promotions because of your race? Determining what kind of discrimination you experienced is necessary to connect you with the right resources to fight your case.
Should I seek an attorney? Local employment lawyers will have the most knowledge regarding state employment discrimination laws, how to file your specific case, and what kind of damage compensation you should receive.
Where Should I File My Case?
After referring to your company’s discrimination policy for filing claims, write a detailed description of your claim and submit it to your employer as instructed by their policy. After this, you can choose two government agencies to file your claim in the state of California. You can file with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH). You have 300 days after the incident to submit your claim. You need to submit your case to one of these agencies before you can file a law suit.
The issues surrounding the National Park Service reflect a long-lasting fight amongst women and people of color to be treated fairly in the workplace. Los Angeles labor law attorneys at the law offices of Kesluk, Silverstein & Jacob are experienced in handling complex California labor law cases.