My Nonprofit Employer Discriminated Against Me. What Can I Do?

Our Los Angeles Labor Attorney Upholds Your Right to a Discrimination-Free Workplace

Our Los Angeles employment attorneys regularly handle discrimination and harassment cases from employees in the for-profit and private sectors. However, all workers in Los Angeles have certain rights under the law that their employers cannot violate. These rights are universal, and do not apply solely to for-profit companies.

Nonprofits Must Follow the Law

According to a study done by the University of California at Los Angeles, the county of Los Angeles hosts close to 20,000 registered foundations, public charities and nonprofit companies. These organizations, with rare exception, must adhere to the same labor laws as any other employer in Los Angeles. This includes paying the minimum wage, maintaining fair hiring practices and adhering to the laws governing the Family and Medical Leave Act.

A particularly important piece of legislation that governs nonprofits is the Age Discrimination Act of 1975. The law explicitly prohibits “discrimination on the basis of age in programs and activities receiving federal financial assistance.” This includes organizations receiving funds from the following:

  • The National Endowment for the Arts
  • Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
  • Federal Pell Grants
  • Environmental Protection Agency Grants
  • The Small Business Administration
  • The Department of Energy

Nonprofits are also obliged to follow the regulations set forth by Executive Order 11246, because they are a recipient of federal funds. This order governs the hiring practices of government contractors and subcontractors, as well as prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, religion or national origin. Additionally, the law requires employers to provide equal opportunity to all employees for promotions, retention and wage raises.

Some nonprofit employees find it necessary to blow the whistle when they suspect or discover that their organization is using donations and government funds for illegitimate purposes. Like in the private sector, the law legally protects employees from retaliation by their employer.

I Suffered Discrimination. What Can I Do?

Nonprofit workers are essential to improving and maintaining what is great about Los Angeles, and they have the same rights and freedoms as any other worker. Do not be afraid to seek assistance and legal counsel if you have suffered discrimination. By law, your employer cannot retaliate against you without facing serious legal consequences.

Contact our office to speak with a Los Angeles labor lawyer. We use our experience and qualifications to protect the rights of all Los Angeles workers.