Employment discrimination occurs when an employee or job applicant is treated unfavorably because of his or her race, skin color, national origin, gender, disability, religion, or age. It is illegal to discriminate in any facet of employment, so workplace discrimination extends beyond hiring and firing and encompasses nearly every employment decision, from applications and interviews to assignments and transfers, promotions, pay, and benefits.
In addition to state laws, numerous federal laws make employment discrimination illegal.
- Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 makes it unlawful to discriminate in hiring, discharge, promotion, referral, and other facets of employment, on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, or religion. This is enforced by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
- Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) – The ADA makes it unlawful to discriminate against people with a disability, a record of a disability, or who are regarded as having a disability.
- Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) – Employers are required to handle pregnancy in the same way that they would handle a temporary illness or other non-permanent condition that would necessitate special consideration. Pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions must be treated the same as any other medical condition with respect to leave policies, health insurance, job assignments, etc. for both employees and job applicants.
- Federal contractors and subcontractors must take affirmative action to guarantee equal employment opportunity without regard to race, religion, gender, or national original when hiring or in the workplace. these factors. Executive Order 11246 is enforced by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP).
Examples of employment discrimination include, but are not limited to:
- Denying select employees from receiving benefits
- Discriminating when selecting employees for layoffs
- Using protected classes (e.g. age, race, color) when issuing promotions
- Paying equally-qualified employees different salaries due to race, age, religion, etc.
- Excluding potential employees during job advertisements and recruitment
- Denying certain employees the ability to use company facilities
Speaking with legal counsel is the right action to take if you are in one of these protected classes and feel you have been a victim of discrimination. The links below provide more information about different types of employment discrimination and the ways leading employment lawyers at Kingsley & Kingsley can assist you with your specific situation.
- Breastfeeding Discrimination
- Genetic Information Discrimination
- Pregnancy Discrimination
- Race, Color, National Origin Discrimination
- Religious Discrimination
- Sex-Based Discrimination
- Continuing Violation
The California lawyers with Kingsley & Kingsley have the experience, ability, and desire to successfully navigate the legal process with you. For a free initial consultation, don't hesitate to call our toll free number (888) 500-8469 or click here to contact us regarding your case.