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While employers have the right to hire, fire, and promote employees based on their merit, they do not have the right to do so based on certain protected characteristics. There are state and federal laws in place to prevent workplace discrimination so that all people have the opportunity to provide for themselves and their loved ones.

Types of Unlawful Discrimination

Workplace discrimination often happens in subtle ways, but they are illegal regardless. Our firm is experienced in assisting employees that have suffered various types of discrimination, including:

Age Discrimination

The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) offers protection to employees aged 40 and older to prevent them from being unfairly discriminated against based solely on their age. 

Gender/Sex Discrimination

It is unlawful to discriminate against anyone based on their gender or sex. For example, if a female is passed over for a promotion solely because she is a female, the employer has violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Fair Employment and Housing Act. 

Race/National Origin Discrimination

An employer cannot discriminate against an employee based on their race, national origin, skin color, or ancestry, as this is also a violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Fair Employment and Housing Act. An example of this would be an employer that refuses to hire an otherwise qualified candidate because they are a minority.

Pregnancy Discrimination

A pregnant employee is protected under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA). Pregnancy discrimination can take many forms, from refusing to hire a pregnant woman to firing a female employee that gave birth because she exercises her right to leave under the Family Medical Leave act and California Family Rights Act. An employer should treat a pregnant employee the same as any other employee and provide them any reasonable accommodations they need to accomplish their work duties. 

Sexual Orientation

A person’s sexual orientation, which is their identity concerning their sexual preferences, is protected from workplace discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Fair Employment and Housing Act. For example, an employer is not allowed to use sexual orientation as a basis for demoting an employee.

Disability Discrimination

People who have a disability are protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Fair Employment and Housing Act. Whether the disability is short term or long term, employers are required to work with employees who have a disability and provide them with any reasonable accommodations needed to perform their job.

Religious Discrimination

Religious discrimination is not allowed under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as well as the Fair Employment and Housing Act. An employer cannot treat an employee differently based upon their religious beliefs and must provide reasonable accommodations to an employee to observe their religious holidays. Other practices, such as wearing religious clothing, should be accommodated whenever reasonable.  

Contact a California Discrimination Attorney For Legal Assistance

If you believe you are the victim of workplace discrimination, contact our firm today by filling out our intake form. We look forward to reviewing your case to determine the best way we can serve you.