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Employment Discrimination

Employees or job applicants in a protected class who suffer an “adverse employment action” — such as termination, demotion, a cut in pay or hours, not being promoted, a negative change in the terms and conditions of your employment, or another similar type of action — due to discrimination must prove that their protected class status was a “substantial factor” in the adverse employment action.

Both federal and California laws prohibit discrimination based on many important categories. In California, the laws prohibit workplace discrimination based on a person’s.

Under California law, employers may not discriminate against California employees based on the following protected categories:

  • Disability (mental and physical)
  • Age (40 and over)
  • Gender identity, gender expression
  • Ancestry, national origin
  • Medical condition
  • Marital status
  • Veteran status
  • Religion
  • Race, color
  • Sexual orientation
  • Sex or gender (including pregnancy, breastfeeding, or related medical conditions)