Fair Employment
Housing Act Attorneys

California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) aims to protect citizens, including employees in San Diego, from the effects of discrimination. If your employer discriminated against you, they may have violated the FEHA and you may hold them civilly liable for doing so.

You may receive compensation for any damages that your employer has caused. San Diego Fair Employment and Housing Act lawyer is ready to review your case and fight for the justice you deserve.

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What Does the Fair Employment Housing Act Say?

The California Government Code spells out and bans unlawful employer practices. Those unlawful practices include:
  • Discrimination in hiring and employment practices
  • Harassment of employees, prospective employees, or former employees
  • Retaliation against employees, including but not limited to whistleblowers
Discrimination is a major feature of the FEHA. Employers in San Diego (and California more broadly) must not discriminate against job applicants or employees due to:
  • Gender or gender identity
  • Religion
  • Age
  • Race
  • Culture
  • Mental health status
  • Sexual orientation
  • Marital status
  • Disability
  • Pregnancy or other family-related considerations
  • Any other criteria protected by the FEHA
Though statutes like the FEHA can be detailed and complicated, trust your gut. You may simply know when you’re treated unjustly by an employer. If you want to weigh the merits of a FEHA violation lawsuit, don’t hesitate to contact our firm.

How Does the Fair Employment Housing Act Apply to Employees in San Diego?

Any employer in San Diego with five or more full-time or part-time employees must abide by the Fair Employment and Housing Act. If you qualify as an employee at a business subject to FEHA guidelines, anti-discrimination, anti-harassment, and anti-retaliation statutes may protect you.

In addition to employees, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) explains that, under certain circumstances, FEHA statutes may protect:

  • Job applicants
  • Interns (paid or unpaid)
  • Volunteers
  • Contractors

You may have reason to pursue a lawsuit, even if you’re not technically an employee of a company in San Diego.

If you need to file a complaint, talk to a Fair Employment House Act attorney at Haeggquist & Eck, LLP who can help.


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Which Kind of Claims
Can I Make Under FEHA?

FEHA covers a number of different types of discrimination, including the following:

Who Can Pursue a Lawsuit Based on Violations of the FEHA in San Diego?

There is no single category of individuals who can pursue a lawsuit based on FEHA violations—there are simply too many examples to place in one category. If you believe an employer has violated your rights, you should contact Haeggquist & Eck to discuss your circumstances. Some common FEHA violations that may warrant a lawsuit are:
  • An employer failing to hire a qualified candidate based on one of their protected characteristics (sexual identity, race, gender, faith, etc.)
  • An employer failing to promote a qualified candidate without explanation as to why
  • Dismissing a volunteer or intern based on their open adherence to a certain religious sect
  • Terminating an employee who complained to the employer
  • Berating or otherwise harassing an employee who is considering filing a complaint, has filed a complaint, or is pursuing legal action against the employer.
The laws and rules governing fair employment are not always clear. A San Diego Fair Employment Housing Act lawyer from Haeggquist & Eck will review your case today.

What Damages May I Recover for a Successful FEHA Lawsuit in San Diego?

Damages vary from one FEHA lawsuit to the next.

We’ll evaluate each of your damages, which may include:

  • Pain and suffering caused by the defendant’s actions
  • Professional damages, including but not limited to lost income, lost retirement contributions, lost healthcare benefits, and lost bonuses.
  • The cost of any psychological counseling or other treatments related to your case
  • Damage to your reputation in your field of employment

Damages are extremely personal. We’ll work with you to identify all of your recoverable losses. We’ll then calculate the cost of each damage and work towards a fair settlement or judgment.

How Will My Lawyer Help Me Pursue Justice for My Losses?

The attorneys at Haeggquist & Eck spend much of their time focused on employment law cases. We have done intensive research into FEHA-specific issues, and we’ve won settlements and judgments for clients who had cases similar to yours.

We generally assist FEHA plaintiffs by:

  • Gathering all relevant details and evidence
  • Consulting experts who can support your case
  • Obtaining proof of the client’s damages
  • Filing their case
  • Drafting and filing all other case-related paperwork
  • Negotiating a settlement
  • Taking their case to trial, if necessary

Your case probably will not go to trial—only a small percentage of civil cases do. However, the team at Haeggquist & Eck will have only one goal for your case: to secure the compensation you deserve. If this means that we must take your case to trial, we won’t hesitate.

You can focus on your well-being by allowing us to lead your case. While it’s crucial that you secure the justice you deserve, handling your case without an attorney can compromise your health and your case’s success. Let us help.

Can I Afford to Hire a Lawyer From Haeggquist & Eck?

Many FEHA plaintiffs pursue legal action during financial hardship—they’ve been unjustly terminated, passed over for a job, deprived of a promotion, or face other circumstances that cause financial strain. We understand this, and we ensure that hiring our firm adds no additional stress.

The attorneys at Haeggquist & Eck work for contingency fees. This means that:

  1. You won’t pay us anything when we accept your case
  2. We’ll handle all the case-related costs
  3. We will receive a portion of any judgment or settlement that we get from you
  4. You won’t pay us anything unless we secure compensation for you

Our concern is getting justice for you. That’s why we take the financial risk in handling cases like yours.

Call Haeggquist & Eck Today for a Free case evaluation About Your FEHA Case in San Diego

Do not wait to contact the San Diego Fair Employment Housing Act Attorneys on our team. We may have a brief window to file your case, and we’ll get to work as soon as possible.

Complete your FREE case evaluation first contact us online or call Haeggquist & Eck today at (619) 342-8000.

Haeggquist & Eck, LLP – San Diego Office

225 Broadway, #2050
San Diego, CA 92101

Phone: 619-342-8000

Alreen Haeggquist - Fair Labor Standards Act Wage Claims Attorney in San Diego
Alreen Haeggquist - Fair Employment Housing Act Attorney in San Diego

Not only are they extremely knowledgeable and professional but they sincerely cared about my wellbeing and understood the severity of my circumstance

I am beyond grateful to Alreen Haeggquist and Jenna Rangel who represented my case. Not only are they extremely knowledgeable and professional but they sincerely cared about my wellbeing and understood the severity of my circumstance. As much as this path I was on was challenging, they tirelessly fought which gave me strength to carry me through. Their diligence, legal expertise and zealous advocacy led to a successful settlement and a new beginning to my life!

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