Both federal law and California law prohibit employers from taking adverse (negative) action against an employee or applicant based on membership in or connection with a protected class. “Adverse action” includes termination of employment, but may also take many other forms, such as:

  • Refusal to Hire
  • Discriminatory Disciplinary Action
  • Lower Pay Rates
  • Failure to Promote
  • Lack of Access or Limited Access to Training
  • Unnecessary Testing with a Discriminatory Impact

Although these examples represent some of the most common types of discriminatory treatment in the workplace, the list is far from exhaustive. If you believe that you have been treated differently in the workplace because of your race, religion, sex, or other characteristics of a protected class, and the impact has been negative, you owe it to yourself to learn more about your rights.

Federal Anti-Discrimination Laws

Title VII of the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employers from discriminating on the basis of:

  • Race or color
  • Religion
  • Sex
  • National Origin

The federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA) prohibits employers from discriminating on the basis of age. However, the ADEA only protects workers and applicants aged 40 and older.

Other federal statutes prohibit discrimination on the basis of pregnancy and disability.

California Workplace Discrimination Law

California law parallels federal law in many ways, but generally provides greater protection to workers. For example, the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) extends protection to a much broader range of classes than federal law. FEHA provisions prohibit discrimination on the basis of:

  • Race
  • Religion
  • National Origin
  • Color
  • Ancestry
  • Physical Disability
  • Mental Disability
  • Medical Condition
  • Genetic Information
  • Marital Status
  • Sex
  • Gender, Gender Identity, or Gender Expression
  • Age
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Military or Veteran Status

Fight Back Against Workplace Discrimination


When you’re still working in the discriminatory environment, determining your next steps can be challenging. Perhaps you don’t feel that you can afford to lose your job, even though you’re being treated unfairly, so you’re reluctant to confront your employers. Maybe the problem is so widespread within your company that you feel powerless to make a change.

An experienced employment discrimination attorney understands those concerns and can help you assess your situation and consider your options. The better informed you are, the more able you will be to make the best decision for your future.

Give yourself the benefit of knowledgeable guidance right now. Schedule a consultation with one of our experienced employment discrimination attorneys to learn more about your rights and how to assert them. Just call (818) 914-3433.


If you’ve been fired for discriminatory reasons or forced out of your job by discriminatory treatment, you may be feeling vulnerable and discouraged. It may be difficult to believe that you can prevail in a claim against a large employer who seems to be holding all the cards. However, you may be surprised by the protection that California law provides.

You don’t have to accept workplace discrimination. However, deadlines for filing claims relating to some types of discrimination are short. The sooner you talk with an employment discrimination attorney, the better.

Ready to fight back? You can get started right now by calling (818) 914-3433.

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