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Get help if you're a victim of discrimination in California

If there is one thing that can make a workplace feel hostile, it's discrimination. Workplace discrimination is harmful because workers are made to feel like they don't belong.

The discrimination that takes place might hold them back, too, resulting in unfair treatment. They may not be able to get the promotion they want or could even lose a job due to discrimination.

What kinds of discrimination are illegal in California?

In California, it is illegal to discriminate based on:

  • The predisposition to genetic hereditary disease
  • An employee's inability to speak English, unless the job requires it due to a business necessity
  • Marital status
  • Gender
  • Sex
  • Gender expression
  • Gender identity
  • Sexual orientation
  • Medical condition
  • Mental disability
  • Physical disability
  • Ancestry
  • Creed
  • Color
  • Race
  • National origin
  • Age
  • Veteran status

It's important to note that California's laws are generally broader than federal law.

How can you make a claim if you're discriminated against in California?

If you are discriminated against in California, you can make a claim through the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or through the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing. California's anti-discrimination statutes do cover some smaller employers that federal laws would not apply to. The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing handles cases with employers who have between five and 14 employees, while the EEOC handles federal law and employers with 15 or more employees, except for in age discrimination cases where 20 employees is the minimum.

If you're discriminated against, you can speak with an attorney about making a claim and fighting back against the unfair treatment you've faced in the workplace.

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