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By John Kristensen of Kristensen Weisberg, LLP posted in Discrimination on Friday, November 24, 2017.
Asian American Police Officers Accuse San Gabriel PD of Racial Discrimination

Police officers are sworn to protect and serve the public. Many are placed in dangerous and stressful situations on a daily basis. But the job can be even more difficult when officers lack support from their own police department. Five Asian American police officers are taking legal action against the San Gabriel Police Department on allegations of racial discrimination. The officers claim they were subjected to a hostile work environment in which they were the constant targets of racial slurs from their managers. They also claim the department refused to hire or promote Asian police officers.

Allegations of a Hostile Work Environment

The plaintiffs claim they were passed over for promotions as much as three times and were passed over important assignments in favor of officers with lesser experience and training. While many of these unethical work practices occur frequently throughout Southern California, the lawsuit goes even further.The officers also allege they were subjected to harassment with co-workers mocking them with Asian accents and speaking to them with slurs and offensive remarks based on hateful stereotypes. The officers listed a captain and three specific police lieutenants who engaged regularly in this abusive behavior. One officer, Sunny Kim, claimed the abuse was so bad, he left the department. Several months later, Kim applied for a K-9 handler position and was considered “the most intelligent candidate” by the review panel. Finally, the plaintiffs also claim only 7 of the department’s 50 police officer are of Asian descent in a city where Asian Americans make up 60 percent of the population. The officers are seeking unspecified economic and special damages

The Importance of Whistleblowers

Workplace discrimination in Los Angeles is an all too familiar problem. Unfortunately, most victims do not take action and suffer in silence. For positive change to take place, it often takes a brave worker or a whistleblower to stand up and take legal action. The first step is to seek legal counsel from an experienced and knowledgeable Los Angeles employment law attorney.

Know Your Rights!

When it comes to workplace discrimination, knowledge is power. Most victims of discrimination do not properly understand their rights. By consulting with a qualified legal professional, they are able to explain your rights, allowing victims to make better decisions.Employment attorneys also have a firm understanding of California’s labor laws and statutes regarding workplace discrimination. There are currently many laws on the books designed to protect workers from discrimination including:

  • The Equal Pay Act
  • The Fair Standards Act
  • The Civil Rights Act of 1964
  • The Pregnancy Discrimination Act
  • Family and Medical Leave Act
  • Age Discrimination Act
  • Rehabilitation Act of 1973

Contact the Los Angeles Employment Attorneys That Stand Up to Bullies

Far too many employees in Southern California are forced to labor in a hostile work environment. Many face discrimination based on their race, gender, sexual orientation or disability. The Los Angeles employment attorneys at Kristensen Weisberg, LLP are committed to fight for you. Their team of legal professionals work diligently in the courtroom and behind the scenes to ensure each client is placed in the best position to succeed. It is part of their commitment to always protect the rights of workers. If you are the victim of workplace discrimination, contact the law offices of Kristensen Weisberg, LLP and schedule a free initial consultation to discuss your case.