Harassment, Discrimination and Retaliation: CA Counsel on EEO Litigation
Private sector workplace discrimination claims with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) have reached unprecedented levels since 2010. Employers paid the EEOC $404 million in 2010 alone, and, for the first time, claims of retaliation surpassed race as the most frequently filed EEOC charges.
California continues its national reputation as a testing ground for novel claims of race, sex, religion, sexual orientation, gender, age and other forms of illegal discrimination. Quite often, employers here are caught by surprise and are unprepared when challenged by an EEO investigation or lawsuit.
As the legislature and courts continue to expand the scope of anti-discrimination laws, California employers must be wary of, and alerted to, attendant risks.
Minimizing Threats of EEO Litigation in CA
Discipline, discharge or mismanagement of employee leaves of absence can trigger discrimination and retaliation lawsuits that threaten your public image, employee morale and business operations.
CDF defends employers against discrimination, harassment and retaliation claims before courts and state and federal agencies. We provide experienced counsel in traditional and emerging areas of EEO law including:
- Class Action Defense – Discrimination and Unruh Act
- Complex and High Stakes Jury Trials
- Employment Discrimination
- Disability and Family Leave
- Retaliation Claims
- Sexual Harassment and Other Forms of Workplace Harassment
- Whistle-Blower Litigation
CA EEO Litigation Strategies and Experience
To help clients avoid the disruption that discrimination, harassment and retaliation cases present, CDF guides clients into advantageous positions. We assist with internal investigations, development of anti-discrimination and harassment policies, and management training.
In cases where litigation is unavoidable, CDF’s experienced attorneys focus on prompt investigation of the facts, creative early resolution strategies and, where necessary, our attorneys have the experience to aggressively pursue a case through trial and verdict.
CDF attorneys’ EEO litigation background matches the wide variety of our clients’ industries across the state. Our diversity of experiences ranges from defending same-sex sexual harassment charges to university whistle-blower and white-collar, age-discrimination and class action claims levied against employers with workforces extending from the Bay Area to San Diego, Los Angeles and Sacramento.