At Abogato, we believe that all workers should have the same opportunities of success, regardless of their background. We celebrate and advocate for diversity in the workplace. Sadly, many employers in California continue to discriminate against their employees to this day.
In California, it is unlawful for an employer to discriminate against you for one of the following reasons:
- Age (over 40);
- Citizenship Status
- Gender Identity, and Gender Expression;
- Genetic Information;
- Marital Status;
- Medical Condition;
- Mental Disability;
- Military or Veteran Status;
- National Origin;
- Physical Disability;
- Political Activities or Affiliations;
- Sex and Gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding or related medical conditions);
- Sexual Orientation; or
- Status as a victim of domestic violence, assault or stalking.
These are called “protected classes” or “protected groups.” An employer cannot refuse to hire you, cannot punish you, and cannot fire you because of you being a part of a protected class.
In general, there are two ways an employer can discriminate against you:
- Your employer treats you less favorably than others because of you being in a protected group (lawyers call this “disparate treatment”); or
- Your employer has a policy or practice that seems to be neutral but in reality has a negative impact on protected groups (lawyers call this “disparate impact”).
If you believe that you have been discriminated against by your employer, you may have a legal claim. Call Abogato to speak with an attorney. We will listen to your situation and let you know how we can help.
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