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Hiring Discrimination (Failure to Hire)

California has some of the strictest employment laws in the nation, preserving your right to receive fair treatment and equal benefits and protecting you from being exposed to hostile or discriminatory acts in the workplace.

Hiring Discrimination Comes in Many Forms

Workplace discrimination takes many forms, both explicit and more subtle, all negatively affecting the victim’s professional and personal life.

Discrimination Against a Protected Class Is Illegal

In California, the most important anti-discrimination laws in the workplace were adopted as part of the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). Under these California hiring laws, if an employer refuses to hire an applicant for certain reasons, they may have committed an unlawful recruitment practice.

Specifically, an employer is not permitted to discriminate against a candidate in the hiring process based on the following:

  • Race, skin, color, national origin, or ancestry
  • Religious creed
  • Physical or mental disability
  • Genetic information
  • Medical condition
  • Gender, sex, gender identity, or gender expression
  • Pregnancy or childbirth
  • Marital status
  • Age
  • Sexual orientation

California’s anti-discrimination laws apply to all aspects of the hiring process, including advertisements, applications, screening, and interviews. Employers might also commit discrimination if they work with an employment agency that they know uses unlawful discrimination practices.

Our Approach

Our Practices are Guided by Integrity. We’ll protect what you deserve.

We work tirelessly and fight tenaciously to hold rights abusers accountable.

If you’ve experienced a distressing incident related to an issue like this, call us for a free case evaluation.

Did You Know?

Failure to Hire
Discrimination at work can happen even before someone is hired. Laws against workplace discrimination cover everything from the start of the hiring process. Employers need to know what's okay and what's not to make sure they hire fairly. Being ready and informed is important to avoid and handle complaints about not getting hired.
Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA)
It is illegal for employers of 5 or more employees to discriminate against job applicants and employees because of a protected category, or retaliate against them because they have asserted their rights under the law.

Is It Illegal, or Just Unfair?

Legal cases can be lengthy, complicated, and confusing, but you don’t have to take on the system all by yourself. If you believe someone has violated your individual rights, or the rights of a large group of people in your community, we can help you find the right course of action.

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