The San Francisco Employment Law Attorneys at Jones & Devoy are committed to protecting your rights in the field of employment law. The law protects those that have been denied employment, terminated from their employment, or suffered from changed conditions of their employment due to one of the following reasons:


There are a variety of ways that an employee can be discriminated against.  The most common are:

  • Age
  • Gender
  • Race
  • National Origin
  • Physical Disability
  • Religion
  • Marital Status
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Pregnancy

If you are denied employment, terminated, or refused a promotion due to one of the above listed reasons, your employer may be committing employment discrimination.

In order to prove employment discrimination, you must first show you fall into one of the above listed categories and your job was negatively impacted.  Afterwards, it must be proved that there was actual discrimination in the workplace, and this discrimination was the cause of the employment problem.

Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment in the work place is prohibited by both federal and state law.  It most commonly occurs in the form of inappropriate touching, sexually suggestive language, the displaying of offensive content and unwanted sexual advances.

Generally, there are two types of sexual harassment:  1) Quid Pro-Quo ( “this for that”); and 2) Hostile Work Environment.

Quid Pro-Quo Harassment occurs when the employer offers an incentive to an employee such as a promotion, in exchange for sex.  The law prohibits such conduct and victims of it can recover lost wages, future lost wages, emotional distress and punitive damages.

A Hostile Work Environment occurs when the employer creates an uncomfortable environment in the work place.  This most often occurs through the display of offense material, jokes, touching, pictures, and repeated requests for a date.

You do not have to endure an oppressive or hostile work environment.  The attorneys at Jones & Devoy can explain your rights and help you end the unwanted behavior or negotiate a severance package.