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It is common knowledge that employees have rights in the workplace. However, rights do not only apply once an applicant becomes an employee—applicants have rights when they are searching for employment and throughout the entire hiring process. Do you believe that your rights were infringed in any way during the hiring process? If so, you might have grounds to pursue an employment claim.

Were your rights infringed during the hiring process? Did an employer discriminate you in any way during the hiring process? Were you denied a position based on a protected personal characteristic even though you were qualified for the position? If you believe that any of your rights were infringed during the hiring process, you must seek legal assistance as soon as possible with the knowledgeable attorneys at California Labor Law Employment Attorneys Group at your earliest convenience.

If your rights were infringed during the legal process, you might have grounds to pursue an employment claim against the employer. You must seek legal assistance with the employment lawyers at California Labor Law Employment Attorneys Group immediately. California Labor Law Employment Attorneys Group is an employment law firm dedicated to representing all those who have been wronged by employers. If an employer infringed your basic rights during the legal process, you have the right to sue and receive compensation—our knowledgeable employment attorneys are ready to handle your claim and provide you with the legal guidance that you deserve.

You Have Rights during the Hiring Process

Although many people believe that employment rights are earned only if you are a current employee, people have employment rights throughout the entire hiring process—even before being offered a job. The many anti-discrimination laws that apply in the workplace also apply during the hiring process, which means that you are protected by these laws. When these laws are infringed at any time during the hiring process, you could gain the right to pursue legal action. For more information regarding your rights during the hiring process and how your rights could be infringed, do not hesitate to contact our law firm today.

The Right to a Fair Job Posting

Your rights could be infringed as early as when you are searching for job advertisements. The content of the job advertisement or the job description could infringe your rights—specifically, the language of job advertisements or description could be discriminatory. In general, job advertisements or descriptions should never explicitly or implicitly mention any of the following:

  • A preferred gender
  • A preferred race
  • A preferred religion
  • A preferred national origin
  • A preferred age
  • A preferred physical ability
  • A preferred military status

If a job posting mentioned any of the points listed above, it could be discriminatory towards groups that do not fit into the categories that are mentioned. For example, consider the following hypothetical job descriptions:

  • A grocery store is looking for a strong man who could load and unload delivery trucks six hours a day. This hypothetical posting discriminates against women and those with any sort of physical disabilities. A better description would require someone who could repeatedly lift heavy objects, for instance.
  • Cleaning service is looking for a woman in her 20’s with a light complexion to clean homes, offices, and other locations for 10 hours a day. This hypothetical posting discriminates against men, women who are not in their 20’s and women who are any other complexion other than “light.” A better description would require someone who is capable of working long hours to perform cleaning work.
  • Business looking for a female receptionist with strong Christian values who is ready to answer phones and run office errands full-time. This hypothetical job description discriminates against men as well as women who are not Christian.

For more information about discriminatory job postings, advertisements, or descriptions, do not hesitate to contact California Labor Law Employment Attorneys Group at your earliest convenience.

The Right to a Fair Interview

As an applicant, you have the right to a fair interview. What does it mean to have a fair interview? During a fair interview, applicants and interviewers/employers discuss topics that are relevant to the position. For instance, appropriate interview topics include the applicant’s education, work experience, skills, and significant achievements. Any topics that are not directly related to the applicant’s ability to perform the job are inappropriate. During interviews, many employers begin asking personal questions that have nothing to do with the applicant’s qualifications to perform the job to which they are applying.

Some of these questions could include the following:

  • Where is your last name from?
  • Are you married?
  • Do you have any children?
  • What church do you and your family go to?
  • What’s your sexual orientation?

Employers can easily make it seem like they are asking these questions just for the sake of casual conversation or innocent curiosity. However, in many cases, employers use the answers to their inappropriate questions to make employment decisions.

The Right to a Fair Employment Decision

As an applicant, you have the right to a fair employment decision. What is a fair employment decision? A fair employment decision means that the employer makes a decision regarding employment based on your education, your skills, your accomplishments, and your experience—rather than a personal characteristic. When you apply to a job, you have the right to receive a fair decision that is based solely on your qualifications to perform the job to which you are applying. When making the decision regarding whether or not to make you a job offer, your race, color, religion, age, sexual orientation, or any other protected personal characteristics should all be irrelevant—as they do not prevent you from being able to successfully perform your work.

The Right to Pursue an Employment Claim

If any employment laws or any of your rights were infringed during the hiring process, you might have the right to pursue a claim. It is illegal for employers to discriminate against applicants based on any protected characteristic. If the employer discriminated against you in any way during the hiring process which resulted in losing the job opportunity, you can sue and receive compensation. For more information about your right to sue the employer, do not hesitate to contact California Labor Law Employment Attorneys Group today. Our employment attorneys will provide you with all the information that you need to pursue a successful claim and receive compensation.

The Right to Receive Compensation

Were you qualified to get the job? Would you have gotten the job had the employer not discriminated against you? If you pursue a successful employment claim, you could receive some sort of compensation. Although the specific type and amount of compensation that you are eligible to receive depends on the details of your employment claim, you should be familiar with the following types of compensation:

  • Lost wages—compensation for the wages that you could have earned if you had been offered the job based on your qualifications.
  • Mental and emotional distress—compensation for the distress, both mental and emotional, that you suffered after losing a job opportunity due to the employer infringing your rights during the hiring process.
  • Punitive damages—compensation awarded to the claimant as punishment to the defendant.

In addition to the types of compensation listed above, you might be entitled to other forms of compensation. For more information about the type and amount of damages that you could recover if you sue an employer for infringing your legal rights during the hiring process, you must contact California Labor Law Employment Attorneys Group as soon as possible. The experts at our employment law firm will aggressively fight for your right to sue and receive the highest amount of compensation available for your claim.

Contact the Experts at California Labor Law Employment Attorneys Group

If your legal rights were infringed during the hiring process in any way, you must seek legal assistance as soon as possible. The experts at California Labor Law Employment Attorneys Group are ready to evaluate your situation and provide you with all the information that you need to begin an employment claim against the employer that discriminated against you. Would you like to learn more about your rights during the hiring process and what you could do if your rights were infringed? If so, you must contact our law firm as soon as possible.

California Labor Law Employment Attorneys Group is dedicated to all parties who have been negatively affected during the hiring process. Our law firm offers both free consultations and free second opinions—allowing you to contact our knowledgeable attorneys without having to worry about legal expenses. Whether you are interested in beginning your case or redirecting your case after it was misguided by an incompetent attorney, you could benefit from our free consultations and free second opinions.

Our legal services are available as part of a Zero-Fee guarantee; you will never have to worry about paying any upfront legal fees. Our firm is also based on a strict contingency structure. Therefore, you will only be required to pay legal fees after our employment attorneys win your case. If you do not win, you will not be required to pay anything. If you are ready to discuss your claim with our lawyers, contact California Labor Law Employment Attorneys Group today.