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Discrimination in California



Employment discrimination is illegal under several federal and California laws. If you think you're the victim of job-related discrimination, contact an employment attorney or discrimination lawyer immediately. Your attorney can guide you through the process of filing a claim with the appropriate government agency.

Recognizing the Signs of Discrimination

Have you been passed over for a promotion in favor of a less-qualified candidate? Do you receive fewer or less desirable shifts than other employees? Did a company refuse to hire you because of your gender or race or religion? Are other employees in the same position receiving more benefits or a higher salary or more training than you are? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be a victim of employment discrimination.

According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, it is illegal to discriminate based on:

  • Gender
  • Race and/or skin color
  • National origin
  • Religion
  • Age (for people who are 40 and older)
  • Disability
  • Pregnancy
  • Retaliation

Additionally, the California Fair Housing & Employment Act makes it illegal to discriminate based on marital status, mental disability and sexual orientation.

But how do you know if you're the victim of discrimination? Sometimes the signs may be very subtle. One of the key indicators is when people with the same abilities are treated differently based on some characteristic that has nothing to do with their skills. Are certain groups consistently excluded? Has the company stated a preference for certain types of candidates in job postings? Are employees in the same positions and with similar tenure being paid different salaries based on some discriminatory reason?

If you think you're the victim of discrimination in the workplace, contact a discrimination attorney or employment lawyer immediately. You have a limited period of time in which to file a claim, so you cannot afford to delay.

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