Attorney to File Discrimination Lawsuit Against Film Studio Company
If you believe that you have been discriminated against by a film studio company, you need a quality discrimination lawyer on your side to help protect your rights and get you the restitution to which you are entitled. The attorneys at the California Labor Law Employment Attorneys Group can help you file your discrimination lawsuit against film studios and get you the compensation you need for their violation of the law. Contact us today to see what steps you have to take in order to file a successful lawsuit against film studios.
As much as we love to go to the cinema and watch the many great movies that Hollywood produces in any given year, it is difficult to ignore the inherent discrimination that occurs in the studios. There is a strong lack of diversity in almost every film that’s made, from the producers, the cast, directors, writers, and everything in between. It is only in recent years, and only due to the amount of backlash film studios have received from the public, that studios have started to include a more diverse atmosphere into the facets of their employment. Still, even with these recent actions of film studios, many executives and decision-makers still discriminate based on what their perception of what the public and people will like, along with their own personal biases. Film studios may seem like large corporations, but the federal laws of employment still apply to their practices; all employers must adhere to the anti-discrimination laws which exist at the federal level, as well as the state level. If they don’t, employees or applications have the right to file a claim against their employers – even entities as grandiose as film studio companies.
If you believe that a film studio company, like Warner Bros., 20th Century Fox, Universal Studios, Disney, Paramount, and Sony Pictures has discriminated against you, you have the right to file a claim against that company and receive the benefits to which you are entitled. The California Labor Law Employment Attorneys Group is here to assure that justice is served and that your employers pay for the disregard of the anti-discrimination laws which exist.
What Is Discrimination?
Discrimination in the workplace occurs when an employer treats an employee unfavorably because of something which is inherent to their person. An employer must treat all employees equally, regardless of what they look like. This means that film studios must not pick one characteristic over the other, if it is inconsequential to the role, or duty of that position – be it an actor, director, production assistant, intern, et al.
Can My Film Company Employer Discriminate Against Me?
The film industry has and continues to be plagued by employer discrimination. Indeed, you do not have to go that far back in either American or film history to see the discrimination that occurred in the workplace. There were no laws to protect employees and so employers could face no legal action for their unethical treatment of minorities, including women. For example, if a film studio did not want a Black person working on the production of one of their movies or other projects, the employer could simply terminate that employee and bring in the employer which better fit the rest of the crew.
There are now laws which protect employees from discrimination of many sorts. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 makes it unlawful for employers to discriminate against their employees throughout every facet of employment from the interview, hiring, and termination process to the promotions and benefits available to the employees. The law prohibits employers from discriminating against employees on protected characteristics that have a history of discrimination in the workplace. The protected characteristics that employers are not allowed to discriminate against include, race, sex, the color of skin, country of origin, religion, disability, and sexual orientation. The state’s anti-discrimination laws can further extend the characteristics against which an employer cannot discriminate, including something like gender expression – which protects members of the LGBTQ community.
For example, let’s say that you are a Latino who applied for a production assistant role to help out the crew and the production of a film. The executives and the employers decide to not hire you because of your race. They have just broken the anti-discrimination laws which are meant to protect employees from this exact situation. You now have the option to file a lawsuit against your employer and collect the compensation to which you are entitled.
Can I Sue the Film Studio Company for Which I Work?
If your employer has discriminated against you because of the listed characteristics above, you have the right to file a lawsuit against your employer and collect the damages you deserve for your employer’s blatant disregard for the law.
Before you slap a lawsuit on your employer’s desk as dramatically as one of their dramatic pictures, you must first file a charge with a government employment agency. There are two available in the state of California – the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) (which operates at the Federal level and enforces the federal anti-discrimination laws) and the Department of Fair Employment & Housing (DFEH) (which enforces the state’s anti-discrimination laws). You must first file a charge with either of these agencies in order to file a lawsuit against your employer.
The EEOC and DFEH have a work-sharing agreement, which means that when you file with one agency, an identical copy of your charge is created and sent to the other agency. This practice of duplicating files is known as dual-filing and is serves two reasons. The first is to avoid any duplicate charges against your employer, and so it keeps everything organized. The second is that because both agencies have a record of your charge, they can best protect your rights under both federal and state laws.
A normal charge under the EEOC has a statute of limitations of 180 calendar days from the day you first experienced the discrimination. The statute of limitations is simply the time limit you have to file a claim against a crime. If you time expires, your lawsuit is no longer considered legitimate and you cannot take your employer to court nor collect any damages or compensation for their unlawful actions. The statute of limitations can be extended to 300 calendar days if both state and federal anti-discrimination laws protect a characteristic under the same basis. For example, since race is protected both federally and in the state of California, your deadline to file the charge jumps to 300 calendar days from the day you experienced the discrimination. If the discrimination was ongoing, then you have 300 days from the day you last received the discrimination. Holidays and weekends do count against your statute of limitations, but if the deadline falls on either a holiday or weekend, your deadline is pushed to the next business day. We do not recommend waiting until the very last day to file your charge as there may be some paperwork or other documents that you forgot to submit.
Once the agencies receive your charge, they will conduct an investigation. Upon their investigation, they will determine if it was more likely than not that your employer broke the law and discriminated against you. Regardless of their outcome, you can request a “right-to-sue” letter which gives you the green light to file a lawsuit and take your employer to court. We advise all of our clients to never request the right-to-sue letter until you and your attorney are ready to move forward.
If you have been discriminated against by a film studio company, call us immediately. We are aggressive lawyers who will pursue the maximum amount of compensation you deserve. We offer free consultation and the zero-fee guarantee; there is no financial obligation on your part because we will not charge you unless we can prove your case and get you the compensation you deserve. Call us today to see what we can do for you.