If you're an employee in California and you think you've been passed over for a promotion because of your race, gender, religion, or other protected characteristic, you may be experiencing discrimination. Thankfully, there are rights that protect you as an employee. Our California employment law attorneys explain how to determine if you experienced promotion discrimination and what you can do to protect your rights.
What Is Promotion Discrimination?
Promotion discrimination is a type of workplace discrimination that occurs when an employee is passed over for a promotion for an unlawful reason. For example, it is unlawful for an employer to not promote an employee because of their gender, race, ethnicity, religious beliefs, disability, or age.
How to Determine If You Experienced Promotion Discrimination
There are a few key things to look for that can help you determine if discrimination is taking place:
Are you qualified for the position you were passed over for? If you meet all of the qualifications for the job, it's more likely that discrimination was a factor.
Do you know of any other employees who were promoted ahead of you? If they don't have the same qualifications as you do, or if they're part of a different protected group, that could be evidence of discrimination.
Has your employer given any justification for why you weren't promoted? If they've given a reason that isn't related to your qualifications or performance, that could be discriminatory.
If you think you may be a victim of promotion discrimination, it's important to reach out to an experienced employment law attorney who can help you protect your rights.
How to Protect Your Rights
If you're an employee in California and you think you've been denied a promotion for a discriminatory reason, you can do a few things to protect your rights.
First, it's important to reach out to an experienced employment law attorney who can help you determine if discrimination is taking place. They can also advise you on what steps to take next.
Second, you can file a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH). These agencies will investigate your claim and take appropriate action if they find evidence of discrimination.
Finally, you can also file a lawsuit against your employer.
Get in touch with our California employment law attorneys today at (888) 796-4010 to schedule a consultation!