How to File a Claim Against My Employer in California?

You should not go up against your employer alone in a California discrimination or harassment claim. The Los Angeles employment lawyers at Setyan Law can help.

Anyone who has faced retaliation, discrimination, or other wrongful treatment in the hiring process or throughout employment can file a complaint against their employer. However, these complaints can become extremely complex, and your employer will likely fight back with a team of “big law” employment attorneys. That’s why it’s important to work closely with an employment lawyer in Los Angeles, CA who will protect your rights and guide you through a claim.

Who Can File a Complaint Against an Employer?

Anyone who has faced discrimination, harassment, sexual harassment, retaliation, or other wrongful treatment based on protected status or protected activity can file a complaint against their California employer. Contact our team of employment attorneys to find out if you qualify as a protected class or if you participated in a protected activity.

What Do I Need to File a Complaint Against My Employer?

In order to file a discrimination complaint or claim for any other reason, you should gather any information that shows the employer took adverse action against you because of your characteristics or because you exercised your labor rights.

Keep a record of changes in your employment conditions from the moment you exercised your rights. For example, you should document any demotion or reductions in pay or hours.

Documents that you may gather include pay stubs, time sheets, personal notes, personnel evaluations, commendations, and other records. Make sure you also write down names and contact information for coworkers or anyone who witnessed the discrimination, harassment, or other wrongful acts.

How Do I File a Complaint?

You can file a complaint through the appropriate government agency online, via mail, or by phone. You may also be able to download and print your complaint form. Once you fill it out and sign it, you can deliver it to the government agency’s office in person.

To complete your complaint, you will need personal information about yourself and the person who took negative actions against you. You will also need to include details about the discrimination or retaliation that you faced.

In order to determine which government agency you should file a complaint with, you should call a Los Angeles employment attorney who can analyze your case and provide you with the steps you should take.

What Happens After the Complaint is Filed?

Once a complaint is filed, an investigator will collect information that has been submitted by both the employee and employer. They may ask additional questions of both parties as well. The investigator may request an interview with various people, such as witnesses, who have been named in the complaint. They may also request additional documents.

The California government agency may require the parties to go to a mediation to try to reach an agreement regarding the issues in the complaint. However, if a settlement is not reached, then the agency will proceed to make a determination regarding whether any laws were violated.

If your employer violated the law, then the government agency may file a lawsuit on your behalf. If the agency does not find that a law was violated, you still have a right to sue your employer. That’s when it’s especially important to work with an attorney who can guide you.

Work with a Los Angeles Employment Lawyer to File a Complaint

If you need to file a complaint against your employer through a California government agency like the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), you should work with an attorney at Setyan Law who has significant experience with cases similar to yours. It’s important to have adequate evidence to support your case and an understanding of the law.

The legal professionals at Setyan Law have litigated hundreds of employment law cases like yours. Call us today at (213) 618-3655.

How an Employment Attorney in Los Angeles Can Help You

Employment disputes are about more than winning. They often involve your livelihood and can impact your entire life. Setyan Law has a team of legal professionals and discrimination lawyers in Los Angeles, CA, Pasadena, CA, and Glendale, CA.

We will review your case, gather evidence to support your claims, and fight for you to get the justice you deserve.

Please feel free to call us for a free consultation about your rights.