Failure-to-Hire Attorney in Sacramento
A California Employment Lawyer Can Help You
Rejection hurts. No one likes to be rejected. That is why many people approach
job interviews with a sense of dread and panic. All the time spent preparing
for interview questions and all the resources spent selecting the right
outfit can all be for naught if the interview goes poorly and you are
In some cases, it is difficult to know why an employer did not choose you.
Perhaps competing job seekers had more experience or were more personable,
or perhaps another job seeker got a glowing recommendation from someone
that the interviewer esteemed. There is little you can do about these
situations. But when a hiring decision is made on the basis of your race,
your ethnicity or national origin, your religion, or any other protected
characteristic, it crosses the line into hiring discrimination.
Have I Been the Victim of Hiring Discrimination?
Sometimes it is blatantly obvious that hiring discrimination occurred.
These cases are usually easily identified because of the questions that
are asked during the interview process. The fact that the interviewer
was asking questions about certain characteristics raises to a reasonable
inference that discrimination played a role in the hiring decision.
- Be on the lookout for interview questions such as:
- “Do you plan to have children?” or “How many children
do you have?”
- “Do you plan to get married in the near future?”
- “When did your family come to the United States?”
- “Do you take any medications?”
- “What church do you go to?”
- “How old are you?”
If the interviewer asked you questions that were not asked of other candidates
– especially if those questions are like any of the questions listed
above – there is a very strong possibility a negative hiring decision
was motivated by discrimination against you.
Other times, however, it may be more difficult to spot hiring discrimination.
If all the questions that are asked are appropriate, hiring discrimination
may nevertheless be occurring if:
- The employer has no employees that share any characteristics with you;
- The employer makes comments suggesting that he or she tries to cultivate
a certain atmosphere at work;
- The employer asks questions of you or requires you to take tests or evaluations
that are not required of any other job seeker;
- The employer treats you differently from other job seekers in any way.
In cases where hiring discrimination is suspected but not readily apparent,
filing a hiring discrimination lawsuit may allow you and your attorney
to view internal memos, e-mails, and notes concerning your candidacy that
can either prove or disprove discrimination.
What Happens if Hiring Discrimination Did Occur?
California and federal courts and agencies have a great deal of power to
address and correct instances of hiring discrimination.
Some of the remedies that might be available to you include:
- An order that the employer hire you;
- Requiring the employer to implement anti-discrimination training programs;
- An order requiring the employer to adopt new, non-discriminatory hiring
- Compensation for lost pay or other expenses and losses you suffered;
- Punitive damages, in some cases.
How a California Hiring Discrimination Attorney Can Help
In order to bring a successful discrimination lawsuit in California, you
must be prepared to follow specific procedural rules and support your
contentions with relevant and persuasive testimony and evidence. The Law
Offices of Gay Carroll-Haring is able to help you investigate and prosecute
your hiring discrimination lawsuit. I have almost two decades of experience
helping clients fight unlawful discrimination by holding employers accountable.
Contact me at 916-443-3553 to discuss your case and to take advantage of my firm’s
experience in representing victims of employment discrimination.