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Sexual advances, gestures or comments in the workplace are despicable. Devin Coyle Law can help you put a stop to the behavior and prevent it from occurring in the future.


  • Get a free consultation from an attorney. We are here to listen and help any way we can.
  • DO NOT rush to HR before talking to an attorney.
  • Tell the person doing the harassment to stop.
  • Document the harassment in writing, e.g. write a journal or other written record including dates and details.
  • Seek medical or psychological help when needed.
  • Realize that retaliation is illegal, even if the harassment stops.
  • File an administrative charge before the deadline (try to talk with an attorney first)
  • DO NOT let your employer or landlord tell you that you don't have a case.

Call Devin Coyle Law at 510-584-9020 at any time. You do not need to have a case to talk with a lawyer and learn about your rights. We do this work because we want to help.

You will not be under any pressure to proceed with a charge or lawsuit if it is not in your best interests. Many people who call for help are able to resolve their situations on their own without the need for legal intervention.

Employment discrimination

You may have a case involving unlawful discrimination if you believe you are being treated unfairly based on your race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, age, religion or national origin. Workers and tenants are protected from these forms of discrimination (among others) by California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”).

In order to prove discrimination, you do not necessarily need to have direct evidence of your employer’s or landlord's discriminatory motives. In general, discrimination can be proved by creating an inference of discrimination. To do this, you must show that you were treated differently than a similarly-situated employee or tenant because of your race, gender, sexual orientation, etc.

For example, imagine that you and another person of a different race applied for the same job. You were more qualified, but the other person was hired instead of you. In this situation, you may be able to prove discrimination if the employer cannot articulate a legitimate, non-discriminatory reason for hiring the other person, or if you can prove that the employer’s stated reason for not hiring you was false.

Some employers intentionally treat entire groups of people differently because of their race, sex, nationality, etc. This type of discrimination is referred to as “disparate treatment.” Other employers have policies that are neutral on paper, but which discriminate when applied in practice – say, by making it harder for employees over 40 to qualify for a promotion than it is for their younger counterparts. This type of discrimination is referred to as “disparate impact.”

If you believe you were subjected to any of these types of discrimination, either by your employer or your landlord, please contact Devin Coyle Law immediately to receive a friendly lawyer’s advice for free. Please be mindful of your deadline to report your claim to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and/or  the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH).


In California, a termination may be unlawful if it is motivated by one of the following reasons:

  • Because of your race
  • Because of your gender
  • Because of your age (over 40)
  • Because of your pregnancy or other medical leave
  • Because of your disability
  • Because of your sexual orientation
  • Because of your national origin
  • Because of your religion
  • Because you reported sexual harassment
  • Because you reported another form of unlawful discrimination based on race, age, disability, etc.
  • Because you reported unpaid wages, overtime, meal breaks, or other wage-related issues
  • Because you reported something else that you believed to be illegal

If you believe you were terminated for one of these reasons, please call Devin Coyle Law at 510-584-9020 for a confidential and completely free consultation about your legal rights and options.