What are the Protected Classes in California?

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There are numerous issues you can encounter in the workplace ranging from wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, and more. Unfortunately, many employers feel as though they can make decisions for whatever reason because California is an at-will state. However, you should know this only holds true for legal reasons.

In many states, there are protected classes that make it illegal for employers to discriminate against. Recognizing the protected classes can help you understand what rights you have should your employer discriminate against you.

State Protections

In California, it’s illegal for your employer to make decisions regarding hiring, firing, promotion, raises, and other vital employment options based on any of the following:

  • Race
  • Color
  • National origin
  • Ancestry
  • Age (over the age of 40 only)
  • Sex (pregnancy and other medical conditions included)
  • Disability (both physical and mental)
  • Medical condition
  • Religion
  • Military status
  • Political choices
  • Citizenship

Because of state and federal laws, if your employer discriminates against you for any of these, you have legal options that allow you to hold your employer accountable. You may be able to pursue compensation for damages you experience. If you have been wrongfully terminated and would like to be reinstated, this may be an option.

What to Do If You Face Discrimination

If you’ve been a victim of discrimination in the workplace, it’s vital to recognize the steps you should take. It starts with reporting the situation to the proper agency who can help you. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) helps to regulate discrimination in the workplace, and they should know about whatever situation you endure.

At Levin & Nalbandyan, LLP, we know that discrimination is never easy to endure. You need someone on your side who can help you safeguard your rights moving forward. Our Los Angeles employment lawyers stand ready to give you a voice and protect your rights throughout the process. We are the team that can help you stand up to discrimination.

Call our firm today at (213) 267-3640 to discuss your potential options.