Discrimination or Harassment

How do I know I'm facing discrimination or experiencing harassment?

Facing discrimination or harassment at work can be a stressful and painful experience. It can breed a toxic workplace environment and make you dread or feel anxious about going into work each day. Fortunately, California law protects workers from discrimination.


Discrimination is the unfair or unequal treatment of an individual based on certain characteristics.


In the state of California, it is unlawful for employers to discriminate against employees based on the following:


  • Race, color
  • Nationality, national origin, ancestry
  • Religion, creed
  • Age (over 40)
  • Disability - mental or physical
  • Sex, gender
  • Sexual orientation
  • Gender identity, gender expression
  • Medical condition (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, or related medical conditions)
  • Genetic information
  • Marital status
  • Military and/or veteran status


Some examples of discrimination may include:


  • Refusal to hire
  • Termination
  • Denial of training
  • Failure to promote
  • Unequal pay
  • Demotion
  • Harassment

What should I do if I believe I'm facing discrimination or experiencing harassment?

If you are in California, contact us! We want to help. Your conversation will be protected by client/attorney privilege, so any information you provide will be completely confidential. If you are outside of California, please consult an employment attorney in your area to discuss your situation and options.