Workplace discrimination occurs when an employer or boss treats you differently because of your age, gender, race, national origin, religion, marital status, medical condition, disability or sexual orientation.
Click on the below categories of discrimination for more information.
It is unlawful for your employer or boss to treat you differently because of your gender. Gender discrimination manifests in a variety of ways and includes pregnancy discrimination, sexual harassment and unequal pay claims.
For information about sexual harassment claims, please visit our Sexual Harassment page.
Targeted after coming out of the closet at work? Members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community cannot be terminated, demoted, harassed or treated unfairly because of their protected sexual orientation, or gender identity, whether actual or perceived.
If you have suffered discrimination or harassment based on your sexual orientation contact us immediately for a free evaluation of your legal claims.
California law prohibits discrimination in hiring or employment based on pregnancy or pregnancy-related medical conditions. It is also unlawful for an employer to take you off work under the belief that you are physically unable to perform your job duties merely because you are pregnant.
Employers are also required to provide you with reasonable accommodations suggested by your health care provider due to your pregnancy or pregnancy-related condition. Examples of reasonable accommodations include a reduced work schedule, transfer or other modified job duties.
For information about your right to medical leave due to pregnancy or pregnancy related conditions, please visit our Medical Leave page.
California law protects employees who are at least 40 years old from discrimination in the workplace. An employer or boss may not use age as a reason to terminate or refuse to hire an employee. It is also impermissible for an employer to treat “older” employees less favorably than younger workers.
A person’s physical or mental disability, medical condition or workplace injury may not be used as a reason to justify employment decisions. For example, in general it is unlawful for an employer to refuse to hire or terminate you because you have a physical or mental disability or certain other medical conditions.
Employers must both engage in the interactive process and to make reasonable accommodations for an employee who is actually disabled or the employer regards as disabled. Beyond the workplace, people with disabilities are also entitled to equal access to public places such as housing, stores and restaurants.
For information about your right to medical leave due to your disability or medical condition, please visit our Medical Leave page.
It is also unlawful for an employer to treat you differently because of your race, color or national origin. Employment decisions cannot be based on stereotypes or assumptions about abilities, traits or the performance of employees of certain racial groups or national origin.