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Employment discrimination occurs when an employer makes an adverse decision, involving hiring, firing, promotions, wages, benefits, training opportunities, shifts or other workplace matters, based upon a person’s inclusion in a protected class. Initially, most discrimination claims must be filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or analogous state agencies. After agency review, these claims get litigated in court.
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The Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and analogous state laws are the cornerstones of the legal protections against race discrimination. State regulations often expand the protections of the Civil Rights Act to ensure equal protection for all workers. Employers are prohibited from making adverse employment decisions on the basis of a person’s race or perceived race.
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National Origin Discrimination
The Civil Rights Act protects people of all nationalities in the workplace. Furthermore, employers are not permitted to discriminate against workers’ on the basis of their immigration or citizenship status once they have verified their right to work legally in the United States.
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The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 prohibits employers from discriminating against employees because they are 40 years or older. The law does not protect people who are under 40 years old, and an employer may favor a person over the age of 40 as compared to a younger person.
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The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) forbids employers from discriminating against people because they have or are perceived to have a disability. In addition, the employer must make reasonable accommodations for the person’s disability, unless to do so would cause undue hardship.
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The Civil Rights Act and analogous state laws are the primary laws that protect people from discrimination on the basis of religion, or the lack of a religious faith. Employers must also make reasonable accommodations so that employees can observe and practice their faith, unless an undue hardship to do so.
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State and federal laws make discrimination against a person on the basis of his or her gender unlawful. Federal laws that prohibit gender discrimination include the Civil Rights Act, the Equal Pay Act of 1963 and the Pregnancy Discrimination Act. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals fall under the protection of these federal statutes. California law specifically protects the rights of LGBT individuals.
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