Telephone (916) 538-0225
Representing Clients In The Following Cases:
- Wrongful Termination
- Discrimination in Employment
- Pregnancy Discrimination
- Sexual Harassment
- Whistleblower Retaliation
- Wage and Hour Violations
- State Personnel Board Appeals
- Internal Affairs Investigation Discipline
- Workplace Investigations
Employment Discrimination is illegal under both California law and Federal law.
Employment discrimination consists of adverse employment actions (i.e., termination, denial of employment, denial of promotion, suspension.) that are motivated by the employee’s actual or perceived protected characteristic (race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age (over 40), sexual orientation, or military and veteran status; or because of association with any of those protected characteristics).
Harassment/Hostile Work Environment
Workplace harassment consists of unwelcome verbal, visual, or physical conduct that is directed at an employee because of an employee’s protected characteristic (race, age, sexual orientation, etc.). “Hostile work environment” harassment can take form when the presence of demeaning comments, slurs, pictures, jokes, threats, or overall atmosphere is so severe or pervasive as to create an intimidating and offensive work environment.
Under both California and federal law, employees have the right to be free from unwanted offensive sexual harassment in the workplace. Sexual harassment includes unwanted offensive physical touching, unwanted sexual advances, offering employment benefits in exchange for sexual favors, unwanted or offensive gestures, derogatory comments, or jokes, or suggestive or obscene messages or invitations. The law recognizes that sexual harassment can come from a co-worker, a supervisor, manager, owner, or even a third-party on the worksite or company premises.
Retaliation refers to a prohibited employment action (e.g., termination or discipline) taken against an employee as a result of a his or her participation in a legally protected activity. These legally protected activities include:
Complaining about discrimination
Filing a discrimination lawsuit
Giving testimony in a discrimination suit
Making a discrimination complaint
Refusing to participate in discrimination
Requesting a Reasonable Accommodation
Calvin Chang, Esq.
Mr. Chang’s represents individuals in cases of employment discrimination, sexual harassment, and retaliation.
Mr. Chang has over two decades of experience in the public sector, including as a sworn peace officer, investigator, supervising investigator, special agent, and senior special agent. Mr. Chang was formerly a supervising investigator for one of California’s largest law enforcement agencies, where he supervised a team of investigators, conducting internal affairs, and equal employment opportunity investigations. Mr. Chang Co-Chairs the Public Employee Committee of the California Employment Lawyers Association.
Mr. Chang was previously Chief Executive Officer of National Flare Company, Inc. At National Flare, Mr. Chang developed, patented, and manufactured, a new safety device for road flares that reduced the number of end user injuries previously associated with the industry standard.
Mr. Chang has garnered recognition from California Super Lawyers Magazine as a Rising Star, an honor reserved for no more than 2.5 percent of lawyers in the state. Mr. Chang has repeatedly been selected as Three Best Rated Attorneys in Sacramento; Lawyers of Distinction; and AVVO Rate Superb and Clients Choice Award. Mr. Chang has volunteered thousands of hours of time to community organizations and has been recognized numerous times for his volunteer work.
Mr. Chang received his Juris Doctor from Concord Law School where he was a distinguished scholar and distinguished Oral Advocate in a Plaintiff’s ADA case. Mr. Chang received his BA in Political Science at the University of California at Davis, and a Masters in Criminal Justice at Boston University.
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