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Two women allege workplace discrimination based on race, gender

Most Los Angeles residents probably believe that discrimination in many different areas of life is on the decline in America. Our country certainly has come a long way from the days of slavery or Jim Crow laws. However, racial discrimination is unfortunately alive in many aspects of day-to-day life. One place where it can be easily seen is in employment discrimination.

Two African American women recently filed a lawsuit against several different companies at both the Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach, alleging unlawful workplace discrimination. The two women allege that the companies at the ports did not promote them due to their race and gender.

In the paperwork filed to begin the lawsuit, the women claim that their qualifications for many supervisory-level positions either met or exceeded the qualifications of the individuals who were ultimately awarded the jobs they sought. According to reports, about 10 years ago, one of the two women won a discrimination claim against some port companies. That lawsuit also alleged discrimination, as well as retaliation and harassment.

If the two women are successful in their lawsuit, the defendants in the lawsuit may be ordered to compensate the women for lost wages and other damages.

Workplace discrimination based on gender and race is illegal, under both state and federal law. However, while these types of workplace discrimination are clearly against the law, it can be difficult for a worker to succeed in making this type of claim. It's important for those who feel they've been wrongly discriminated against to speak with an attorney with experience in workplace discrimination law. A lawyer can tell them how the law may apply to the facts of their case and what kind of evidence they may need to help prove their case.

Source: Daily Breeze, "Lawsuit alleges race-gender discrimination by companies on Port of Los Angeles, Long Beach docks," Donna Littlejohn, Oct. 20, 2015

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