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Workplace discrimination happens when an employee or job applicant gets less favorable treatment because of a specific characteristic. In many cases, employers in California are prohibited by law from discrimination. Discrimination comes in many forms, from tattoo discrimination to harassment in the workplace.

Some examples of workplace discrimination include:

  • Race discrimination
  • National Origin discrimination
  • Gender discrimination
  • Sexual orientation discrimination
  • Age discrimination
  • Disability discrimination
  • Religious discrimination
  • Equal pay discrimination

If you have suffered any adverse actions as a result of discrimination, you may have a strong case. An adverse action can include: demotions, reprimands, reductions in pay, and termination. If your employer has failed to promote or hire you because of any of the above, you may be entitled to substantial compensation for discrimination in the workplace.

For free legal advice on workplace discrimination, talk to our lawyers.


California’s Law Protecting Against Discrimination

  • California has comprehensive laws protecting people from employment discrimination. The Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) protects California employees from discrimination based on many different factors, including: race, religion, gender, disability, sexual orientation, veteran status, and age (if the employee is over 40).
  • These protections generally apply to employers with five or more employees. It is enforced by the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), who helps employees by providing a process for filing complaints.


Federal Laws Protecting Against Discrimination

  • There are several federal laws against workplace discrimination.
  • The Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employment discrimination based on race, sex, color, religion, and nationality.
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act specifically protects people with physical and mental disabilities from unfair discrimination.
  • The Equal Pay Act of 1963 stops employers from having different rates of pay between the genders for the same work in many situations.
  • The Age Discrimination Act protects against age-related discrimination against older workers.
  •  The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 prohibits employers from using the genetic information of current or prospective employees when hiring, firing, or making other employment decisions.


Contact Lawyers for Justice, PC Today for a Free Consultation

If you have experienced discrimination in the workplace, contact Lawyers for Justice, PC, and we’ll determine if your employer violated any federal or state laws. To get started, call (818) 647-9323 and receive a free consultation, today!