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What Is Workplace Discrimination?

In California, employment discrimination laws are designed to help prevent discrimination in the workplace based on attributes such as race, religion, age, gender, and many others. While California employment discrimination laws affect employers and employees at the state level, there are also Federal employment discrimination laws in place as well.

Federal Discrimination Laws

Federal law makes it illegal to discriminate against employees based on:

  • Race
  • Color
  • National origin
  • Religion
  • Sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions)
  • Disability
  • Age (40 and older)
  • Citizenship status
  • Genetic information

Under federal law, businesses with 15 or more employees are covered by Title VII, the primary law prohibiting employment discrimination, the Americans with Disabilities Act, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability, and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, which prohibits discrimination based on genetic information.

Businesses with 20 or more employees are subject to the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) — the federal law that prohibits discrimination against employees 40 years or older.

Companies with four or more employees must comply with the employment discrimination provisions of the Immigration Reform and Control Act, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of citizenship status.

Finally, all businesses of any size must pay men and women equally for doing equal work, by virtue of the Equal Pay Act.

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Additional California Discrimination Laws

In the state of California, businesses with five or more employees are subject to the state’s antidiscrimination laws.

In addition to all the categories that Federal law prohibits discrimination, California also prohibits discrimination based on:

  • Marital status
  • Sexual orientation and identity
  • Medical condition
  • Political activities or affiliations
  • Military or veteran status
  • Status as a victim of domestic violence, assault, or stalking

The government agency responsible for regulating California employment discrimination laws is the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

If You’re A Victim Of Workplace Discrimination

If you think you are the victim of workplace discrimination, you should immediately contact an attorney to examine your case. Many employment law claims have a short statute of limitations, which means that you are not entitled to a recovery if you wait too long.

The longer you wait the more likely it is you will not be compensated or the amount you are truly owed will be reduced. The only way to know for sure is to contact us.

Initial consultations and evaluations for employment related violations are confidential and free, so there is no cost to you to find out if you have a valid concern and are entitled to compensation.

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