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Alameda County Employment Lawyers

Bay Area Employment Lawyers Dedicated to Advocating on Behalf of Workers—and Only Workers

If you've been wrongfully terminated or faced discrimination at work, you might be unsure of what to do next. At the Nourmand Law Firm, APC, our Alameda County employment lawyers are here to help. We exclusively represent workers, ensuring that your rights are protected and your voice is heard. We offer free consultations to discuss your situation and explore the best options for your case. If you believe you may have an employment claim, don’t hesitate to reach out to us for support and guidance.

Alameda County Employment Statistics

Alameda County has a population of just under 1.7 million and an unemployment rate of about 4.5 percent. According to the most recent data from the California Employment Development Department, there are 783,700 people employed in some capacity in Alameda County.

Employers in Alameda County are no different than elsewhere in the state and occasionally ignore employment laws when doing so benefits them. Below are some statistics on the most commonly filed employment law claims in Alameda County.

Discrimination Claims: The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recorded a high number of discrimination claims in Alameda County. In 2023, there were over 1,200 claims filed for various types of discrimination, including race, gender, age, and disability discrimination.

Wrongful Termination: Alameda County saw a substantial number of wrongful termination claims. According to local reports, there were approximately 700 claims filed in 2023, where employees alleged they were fired for illegal reasons such as retaliation or refusing to participate in unlawful activities.

Sexual Harassment: Sexual harassment continues to be a prevalent issue. In 2023, the EEOC noted around 450 claims of sexual harassment in Alameda County workplaces. These cases involved unwanted advances and inappropriate behavior, highlighting the need for better workplace protections.

Wage and Hour Violations: Wage and hour violations remain a common problem. In 2023, the Alameda County Workforce Development Board reported about 1,000 claims related to wage and hour issues, including unpaid overtime and improper break times.

If you believe that you’ve experienced discrimination or any other unlawful employment practice, reach out to our Alameda County employment lawyers to discuss your case.

What Counts as Discrimination Under California Law?

In California, it is considered an unlawful employment practice to take any adverse action against an employee based on any of the following protected characteristics:

  • Race and color
  • National origin and ancestry
  • Sex and gender
  • Age
  • Disability
  • Religion
  • Marital status
  • Military and veteran status
  • Sexual orientation
  • Medical condition
  • Gender identity and gender expression
  • Genetic information
  • Political activities or affiliations
  • Status as a victim of domestic violence, assault, or stalking

The type of conduct that fits within the definition of discrimination is very broad and includes:

Hiring and Firing: If you are not hired or are fired because of your race, gender, age, disability, or any other protected class, this is considered discrimination.

Promotion and Demotion: Being denied promotions or demoted because of your protected class status is discriminatory.

Pay and Benefits: If you are paid less or denied benefits because of your race, gender, age, or other protected characteristics, it counts as discrimination.

Job Assignments: Receiving undesirable job assignments or having your opportunities limited because of your protected status is discriminatory.

Training Opportunities: If you are denied training or professional development opportunities based on your protected class, this is considered discrimination.

Hostile Work Environment Harassment: Experiencing a hostile work environment through offensive comments or actions related to your protected class is a form of discrimination.

Quid Pro Quo Harassment: If you are subjected to unwelcome sexual advances where job benefits are conditioned on submission to such advances or where refusal results in a negative employment action, this is considered quid pro quo harassment and is illegal.

Disciplinary Actions: Being unfairly disciplined based on your protected status, including receiving warnings, suspensions, or other penalties, is discriminatory.

Retaliation: If you are retaliated against for filing a discrimination complaint or participating in an investigation related to discrimination, this is illegal.

Speak With an Alameda Count Employment Attorney About Your Case Today

If you believe that your employer or former employer engaged in unlawful employment practices, and your job or peace of mind suffered as a result, reach out to the Nourmand Law Firm, APC, to learn more about your rights. At the Nourmand Law Firm, APC, we have more than 25 years of hands-on experience representing workers—and only workers—in all types of Alameda County employment lawsuits. Give us a call to schedule a free consultation to learn more about your rights and how we can help. You can reach us at 800-700-WAGE or through our secure online contact form.

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