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Sometimes it starts with a seemingly innocuous compliment, or a whistle, maybe even a stare that lingers on too long. You sense your own discomfort, and blow it off. But weeks later, it escalates to lunch invitations, and even after repeated polite declines, the staring, unwelcomed flowers, and intense interest in you persists. Then you walk by your boss/co-worker’s computer screen and see pornographic material on the screen by that same individual who won’t stop sending you gifts. What should the employee do? Is it too early to take action? Are you being hypersensitive? Or is there workplace harassment going on? Are you the victim of a hostile work environment? Has your claim matured to a the point of a lawsuit? What if the person making you feel uncomfortable is a high ranking executive in the company with reputation? What if you go report this problem you see brewing and you get demoted and find yourself licking stamps in the mail room instead of performing receptionist duties as outlined in your job description? What should you do? What should the employer do once they become aware of this behavior?

The Law Offices of Tamara Benefield can help you find a legal remedy, practical solution and mitigate your personal or corporate risk of loss to employment discrimination. Employment Discrimination laws seek to prevent discrimination based on race, sex, religion, national origin, physical disability, and age by employers. California law also protects against sexual orientation discrimination. Discriminatory practices include bias in hiring, promotion, job assignment, termination, compensation, and various types of harassment. The main body of employment discrimination laws is composed of federal and state statutes. The United States Constitution and some state constitutions provide additional protection where the employer is a governmental body or the government has taken significant steps to foster the discriminatory practice of the employer.

"Employees Have the Right to Work free of discrimination and Employers Have A Duty to Provide It."

                                                                                                                                                              - Attorney Tamara Benefield


California has very powerful employee protections under FEHA and other statutes.

In addition to litigation, we provide secondary services: employee handbooks, California State Leave analysis, coordination and compliance, employee training seminars on the importance of workplace civility, identifying and avoiding sexual harassment. Whether it’s advice, education or research and analysis of risk and loss mitigation, The Law Offices of Tamara is here is help make California a place where both employees can remedy wrongful employment discrimination and employer assistance for how to avoid problem scenarios and provide a maximally efficient workplace free of employment discrimination.