Employers that discriminate against employees who “associate” with disabled individuals face potential liability under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). This kind of discrimination comes in many forms.
For example, association discrimination might include fears that an employee whose partner has HIV may also have become infected through sexual contact or that an employee who has an identical twin with a genetic disease may develop the disability as well.
Distraction discrimination includes discharging an employee because he is somewhat inattentive at work because his spouse or child has a disability that requires his attention, yet not so inattentive that he would need an accommodation (such as different hours) to perform well.
Expense discrimination includes firing or refusing to hire someone because a relative has a serious health problem that could drive up insurance rates or otherwise a...(register to read more)