Discrimination is against the law, but, unfortunately, it happens in the work place all too often. Discrimination occurs when an employer, supervisor, manager, or even sometimes a co-worker changes the conditions of employment for the worse because the employee, trainee, intern, or apprentice is a member of a protected class.
A protected class is defined in California as the following: race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, sexual orientation, military or veteran status. If an employee suffers a loss of pay, demotion, termination, or other negative change in employment status because of that employee’s protected status, then the adverse employment action is discrimination.
In California, the above discrimination laws apply to employers who have five or more employees.
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If you are an employee who feels that you have suffered discrimination, harassment, or retaliation, please do not hesitate to contact Ward Heinrichs to get more education about your situation. Likewise, employers should feel free to discuss potential work place discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation that may have occurred on the job. Employers should do an impartial investigation and analysis of the situation and take adequate remedial action when necessary