Employment Discrimination

Under the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), an employer may not discriminate against a worker on the basis of:

  • Race
  • Religion
  • Gender
  • Marital Status
  • Gender Identity
  • Medical Condition (Cancer & HIV/AIDS)
  • Age
  • National Origin
  • Pregnancy
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Disability

The discrimination laws also prohibits discrimination based on the perception that a worker has any of the above characteristics (or associates with someone who is perceived to have those characteristics).

Employment discrimination can be proved by direct evidence, such as comments reflecting stereotyping, or other behavior evidencing discriminatory motive.

Under both Federal and State Law, it is improper to discriminate in the "terms or conditions of employment" on the basis of any of the protected classes stated above. "Terms or conditions of employment" include almost anything related to an employee's job such as: pay, title, promotions, opportunity for overtime, hours, vacations, benefits, discipline, demotions, harassment and termination.

If you believe you have been subjected to workplace discrimination, it important to seek a discrimination lawyer swiftly.  There are strict deadlines for filing complaints.  Please contact our offices today for a consultation.