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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: Racial discrimination is when an employee is treated differently because of their race. The treatment could be a one-off action, or something far ore ongoing and systemic. It’s important to remember that the treatment doesn’t have to be intentional to be illegal.
  • National Origin discrimination: An employee’s national origin is the nation where that employee was born, or where the employee’s ancestors originated. It can also include the diaspora of multi-ethnic states and societies that have a shared sense of common identity that is identical or similar to that of a nation while being made up of several component ethnic groups. In the workplace, an employee can face discrimination because of an existing prejudice a coworker or employer has about that employee’s nation of origin.
  • Gender discrimination: Gender discrimination can also be referred to as “sexism.” It is a prejudice or discrimination based on an employee’s sex or gender. While gender discrimination can affect anyone, it primarily affects women and girls. It may include the belief that one sex or gender is superior to another.
  • Sexual orientation discrimination: Sexual orientation discrimination refers to harassment or differential treatment based on an employee’s perceived or actual sexual orientation (including being gay, lesbian, trans, or bisexual).
  • Age discrimination: This type of discrimination is stereotyping and/or discriminating against individuals or groups on the basis of their age. Like other types of discrimination, it can be casual or systemic.
  • Disability discrimination: Disability discrimination occurs when an employer or coworker treats a qualified individual who is an employee or applicant unfavorably because they have a disability.
  • Religious discrimination: Religious discrimination occurs when a coworker or employer treats a person or group differently because of a particular belief which they hold about a religion.
  • Equal pay discrimination: The Equal Pay Act requires that men and women in the same workplace be given equal pay for equal work. The jobs do not need to be identical, but they must be substantially equal. Job duties (not job titles) determines whether jobs are substantially equal. Employers who believe otherwise could be committing equal pay discrimination.

If you have suffered any adverse actions as a result of discrimination, you may have a strong case and should contact one of the discrimination lawyers at Lawyers for Justice, PC. 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 discrimination lawyers by calling (818) JUSTICE.

How to Prove Workplace Discrimination

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.


Signs of Workplace Discrimination

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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!