Under California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), it’s unlawful to subject people to differential treatment based on race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, marital status, sex, age or sexual orientation.
The FEHA prohibits discrimination in employment, real estate transactions, financial credit and public accommodations. Employers can’t discriminate against any member of the protected classes listed above in hiring, compensation or the terms, conditions or privileges of employment.
The law is California’s version of the federal Civil Rights Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) and the ADA all rolled into one. But unlike federal anti-discrimination laws, the FEHA covers employers with as few as five employees.
Employees can file FEHA discrimination complaints with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH),...(register to read more)
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