Discrimination is defined as treating someone unjustly or with prejudice as a result of their differences. By law, discrimination against certain groups of people is illegal. These laws aim to protect vulnerable groups and encourage equality when employers hire, promote or terminate employees.
Employers are unable to be discriminatory against their employees based on differences such as:
- National origin
- Race or skin color
- Genetic information
- Sexual orientation
Other groups may also be protected that are not listed here. If you feel that you've been discriminated against, you should reach out for more information and to verify your case.
Your genetics shouldn't matter in the workplace
Of these, one of the newest protections is the protection against discrimination based on your genetic information. As genetics become easier to understand and evaluate, it could become possible for employers to see possible illnesses or factors that would influence their willingness to hire or promote an employee. Thanks to the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008, employers may not discriminate based on an employee's genetic information. GINA protects genetic information by preventing employers from buying, requesting or requiring genetic information from employees.
If you face discrimination in the workplace, don't feel that you have nowhere to turn. There are many laws in place to protect people like yourself from facing discrimination and ways to seek compensation and justice if you have been a victim of this unfair treatment.
Our website has more information on discrimination in the workplace in California. If you are struggling as a victim of discrimination, you deserve better and can get help with your situation.