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San Diego Employment Lawyer

San Diego Employment Lawyers Fighting for Employee Rights

For over 20 years, the California employment law attorneys at The Nourmand Law Firm, APC, have dedicated our practice to championing the rights of employees throughout California. Our commitment is unwavering: we exclusively represent employees, empowering them to stand against workplace injustices and ensuring their voices are heard.

Our San Diego-based attorneys handle all types of employment law claims, including wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, and wage and hour disputes. We are here to navigate the complexities of employment law on your behalf, offering personalized support and fierce advocacy. Contact us at 800-700-9243 for a free consultation to discuss your San Diego employment law case.

What Are the Largest Employers in San Diego?

San Diego has a diverse economic landscape, home to some of the largest employers in the region, each playing a significant role in the local job market. These top employers include:

  • 32nd St Naval Station
  • Collins Aerospace
  • General Dynamics NASSCO
  • Illumina Inc.
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Vendever Medical
  • City of San Diego
  • San Diego Unified School District
  • Scripps Health
  • San Diego County

Despite the range of industries, San Diego's unemployment rate remains around 4.60%, which contributes to broader economic challenges. Further, data from the most recent reporting year indicates that workers from 11 of the largest employers have submitted nearly 200 claims to DFEH, citing unlawful employment practices. As employment discrimination attorneys in San Diego, we understand the importance of protecting employment rights and offer guidance and advocacy for those facing workplace challenges.

What Steps Do You Need to Take Before Filing an Employment Discrimination Lawsuit?

Before filing an employment lawsuit in California, it's crucial to take the following steps to ensure your case is as strong as possible. As San Diego employment discrimination attorneys, we guide our clients through each of these essential stages:

  • Gather Evidence: Collect all relevant documents, such as emails, text messages, employment contracts, performance reviews, and any other records that relate to your employment and the issues you've encountered. Documentation is key to supporting your case.
  • Record Details: Write down a detailed account of the discriminatory actions, including dates, times, locations, and the names of those involved or witnesses. The more specific you are, the better we can understand and represent your situation.
  • Report Internally: If possible, report the discrimination or harassment to your employer through the appropriate channels, like HR. This step is crucial as it formally notifies your employer of the issue and allows them to address it.
  • Consult with Us: Contact an employment attorney to discuss your case. We can help you understand your rights and the viability of your claim. This step is vital to assessing the strength and potential of your case before proceeding.
  • File a Complaint with DFEH: Before initiating a lawsuit, you must file a complaint with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH). We can assist you in ensuring your complaint is thorough and timely.
  • Follow DFEH Procedures: Once your complaint is filed, the DFEH may investigate your claim, which could lead to mediation or a settlement. If the DFEH issues a right-to-sue notice, you can then proceed with filing a lawsuit in court.

We are here to navigate these steps, ensuring you feel supported and informed throughout the process.

Leading Employment Discrimination Complaints

Under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), the most common reasons for complaints in San Diego reflect critical areas where employees face discrimination.

Disability (20.3% of claims)

This includes unfair treatment due to physical or mental impairments. Disability discrimination falls under the broader category of health and ability discrimination, where employees are entitled to reasonable accommodations and protection from bias.

Sex/Gender (11.5% of claims)

These claims involve discrimination based on an individual's sex or gender identity. This type of complaint is part of sex and gender discrimination, encompassing issues like unequal pay, harassment, and other forms of gender-based inequality.

Family Responsibilities Discrimination (9.7% of complaints)

Refers to discrimination against employees for family responsibilities, including caregiving for children or other dependents. This falls under family and caregiver discrimination, recognizing the need to balance work and family obligations.

Age (9.0% of claims)

Age discrimination involves treating employees less favorably because of their age, typically affecting older workers. It is a subset of age-related discrimination that aims to protect individuals from bias based on age.

Protected Activity (7.9% of claims)

This category includes retaliation against employees for engaging in legally protected activities, like filing a complaint or participating in an investigation. Such complaints fall under the broader term of retaliation discrimination, safeguarding employees' rights to address and report discrimination without fear of reprisal.

Race (7.9% of claims)

Race discrimination encompasses unfair treatment based on an individual's race or ethnicity. This type of discrimination is part of racial discrimination, which addresses biases and inequities in the workplace related to an employee's race or ethnic background.

As employment discrimination attorneys, we are dedicated to fighting against these injustices and supporting employees in asserting their rights under FEHA and federal law.

Speak with a San Diego Employment Law Attorney from The Nourmand Law Firm, APC

If you are navigating a challenging workplace due to your employer’s unlawful employment practices, you have the right to step up and take action. If successful, you may not only put an end to your employer’s conduct, but you may also recover meaningful compensation for the economic damages you’ve sustained along the way. At The Nourmand Law Firm, APC, we’re a team of dedicated San Diego employment attorneys who represent workers in all types of claims, including wrongful termination, discrimination, wage & hour violations, and more. 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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