Discrimination and Sexual Harassment

Workers face many forms of discrimination on the job.  Discrimination can be overt, such as withholding non-monetary benefits based on an employee’s sexual orientation; or subtle, such as a pattern of steering more lucrative work assignments to male workers to the detriment of equally qualified female workers. While federal, state and local protections for each form vary, CPM represents individuals and classes of employees victimized by discrimination on the basis of:

  • Gender
  • Pregnancy
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Race
  • Age
  • Disability: Federal and state law bars companies from discriminating against employees or prospective employees because of a real or perceived disability that would not prevent the individual from meeting the demands of the position.  Importantly, a qualifying employer’s failure to reasonably accommodate a disabled employee may constitute discrimination under California or federal law.
  • Religion
  • National Origin
  • Military Service

CPM also represents workers subjected to sexual harassment or hostile work environments. While sexual harassment figures prominently among the forms of harassment alleged in employee legal actions, workers may suffer harassment from employers and colleagues based on a number of factors, including race, national origin, sexual orientation, age, or pregnancy status. 

CPM represents both individual and classes of employees in these and other disputes arising under state and federal employment laws. If you believe you have suffered unlawful discrimination or harassment, contact CPM attorneys Matt Edling or Adam Zapala at (650) 697-6000.  

Discrimination Cases of Note

Shriger v. Advanced Equities Inc. ("AEI") et al.
San Francisco County Superior Court
CPM represented an employee of a broker dealer in state court litigation over harassment and compensation claims. 

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