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Employment Law


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If you have been illegally harassed and/or discriminated against in the workplace and you are in a protected class, you may be the victim of a hostile work environment and may be entitled to damages under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”). The protected classes under this statute are the following: race, color, religion, sex (pregnancy or gender), sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, ancestry, mental and physical disability (including HIV/AIDS), medical condition (cancer/genetic characteristics), age (40 and above), denial of family and medical care leave, and/or denial of pregnancy disability leave. Additionally, FEHA prohibits workplace retaliation against any employee for making a complaint under FEHA, for assisting another in making such a complaint and/or for opposing any action in the workplace that would constitute a violation of FEHA.

Regardless of size, governmental employers, labor organizations, employment agencies, and apprenticeship programs are covered under FEHA. FEHA anti-discriminatory provisions are applicable to any employer with five or more employees. FEHA’s anti-harassment provisions apply to any employer with one or more employees and the protection extends to independent contractors, unpaid interns and volunteers.

FEHA anti-discriminatory provisions also protect job applicants prior to commencing work with an employer. For example, it is illegal for employers of five or more employees to discriminate against job applicants because of one or more of the aforementioned protected categories.

Under FEHA, employers of five or more employees are required to provide up to four months disability leave for an employee who is disabled due to pregnancy, childbirth, or a related medical condition.

Under FEHA, employers of 50 or more employees are required to provide sexual harassment training to supervisory employees to comply with the anti-harassment provisions in the statute.

In a civil suit under FEHA, it may be possible to recover emotional distress damages, punitive damages, reasonable attorney’s fees, expert witness fees and costs.

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