Employers, particularly in California, must be concerned with compliance with the often inconsistent laws pertaining to harassment and discrimination. Federal and state anti-discrimination laws prohibit employers from hiring, promoting or discharging employees based on race, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, national origin and ancestry, pregnancy, marital status, veteran status, medical condition, perceived or actual mental or physical disabilities and religion/creed.
RPNA works with small and large employers alike to provide harassment and discrimination training, defense and preventative advice pertaining to this very specific area of the law. Our attorneys understand how to effectively communicate harassment and discrimination policies and procedures to companies and their employees, and we assist clients to devise tailored programs that are specific to their unique culture and industry.
State and federal law require employers to execute prompt and fair investigations whenever an employee makes an allegation of harassment. RPNA is there, actively advising clients on how to deal with legally mandated investigations.
Our solid shield of defense for clients accused of harassment, discrimination and retaliation under state and federal laws spans the full scope of related statues, including the:
- Age Discrimination in Employment Act
- Title VII and IX of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
- Americans with Disabilities Act
- California Family Rights Act and the Family Medical Leave Act
- California Fair Employment and Housing Act
- California Unemployment Insurance and Workers’ Compensation Codes
- California Unruh Act and the California Education Code
- Municipal codes and state and federal privacy statutes
The firm has represented a multitude of clients in unlawful harassment, discrimination and retaliation matters before the myriad of governmental agencies, such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Office of the Federal Contract Compliance Programs, the Fair Employment and Housing Commission, and the Immigration and Naturalization Service, among others. Our track record of effective advocacy in representing employers before these agencies is second to none, and we have successfully mitigated lawsuits filed by individuals and class actions under federal and state discrimination laws.