Employment Discrimination Lawyer in San Diego

Welcome to the Jackson Law Firm. Conveniently located in Sorrento Valley, our experienced and caring Employment Attorneys have been successfully representing victims of employment discrimination throughout San Diego County for more than 40 years.

Devoted solely to the representation of plaintiff employees, our lawyers are seasoned negotiators and litigators. If you have been the victim of discrimination in the workplace, we will make a reasonable effort to settle your case through negotiations. When settlement is not feasible based on either the circumstances of your case or your employer’s unwillingness to partake in good faith negotiations, our highly knowledgeable San Diego Employment Lawyers at the Jackson Law Firm will not hesitate to take your case to trial.

Please contact us at (858) 552-4900 to speak with a skilled Employment Law Attorney. We are pleased to offer free telephonic consultations, and in some instances, a complimentary in-office consultation and comprehensive case analysis.

San Diego Employment Discrimination Attorneys

It is illegal discrimination to take “adverse employment action” against an employee (or job applicant) based on the individual’s membership in what is called a “protected class.” Discrimination is forbidden under both State and Federal law. However, California’s laws provide a greater level of protection for employees than Federal laws. As a result, unless you are employed by the federal government, we normally rely on the California laws.  Most, but not all, of the anti-discrimination laws appear in the California Government Code.

The Adverse Employment Action Requirement

What the employer is doing has to be sufficiently severe for the courts to get involved.  Terminations, demotions, and suspensions certainly qualify.  However, reprimands or other criticisms, bad performance appraisals and such normally are not enough to qualify as an “adverse employment action.” While there are exceptions, normally your earnings have to be affected. 

A change in your duties with no change in pay may qualify if it significantly lowers your chance of promotion. (While a bad performance review may also lower your chance of promotion, the courts will not take such cases - judges do not want to act as supervisory human resources personnel.)

The Protected Class Requirement

Why something has happened to you is every bit as important as what happened. You cannot prevail on a discrimination case unless you can show both that you were subjected to an adverse employment action AND that the reason you suffered from the adverse employment action was that whoever took (or proposed or otherwise furthered) the action did so because of your membership in a “protected class.”

Everyone is in several protected classes. You are male or female and straight or gay. You are one race or another. You are of one religion or another, or have no religion at all. You and/or your ancestors are from one part of the world or another. 

You are in a protected class based upon your status on all of the above factors. However, in order to prevail on a discrimination claim, we must be able to successfully demonstrate that your membership in the protected class was the reason (or at least one of multiple reasons) for the adverse action. 

There are many protected classes other than those just named.  If you think you have been or may be subjected to an adverse action because of discrimination or have other questions about the law, contact the Jackson Law Firm for answers to all of your questions.

Contact the Jackson Law Firm – San Diego Employment Discrimination

Should you have reason to believe that you have been the victim of Discrimination in the Workplace, please complete our Employment Law Case Evaluation Form and one of our experienced attorneys will contact you.

For immediate assistance and answers to your Employment Discrimination questions, call the Jackson Law Firm at (858) 552-4900. We will review your case with you over the phone, and if we determine that additional information is required, may ask you to come in for a complimentary in person consultation.

Located in Sorrento Valley, the Jackson Law Firm proudly represents clients who work throughout San Diego County, and we have been obtaining favorable settlements and judgments on behalf of plaintiff employees for more than 40 years.


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is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. You should consult an attorney for advice regarding your individual situation. We invite you to contact us and welcome your calls, letters and electronic mail. Contacting us does not create an attorney-client relationship. Please do not send any confidential information to us until such time as an attorney-client relationship has been established.

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San Diego, CA 92121

Phone: (858) 552-4900

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