Under Federal and California law, race/national origin/religious discrimination against job applicants and employees is prohibited. Applying to companies with at least fifteen employees, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act is the leading authority on discrimination. Title VII shields workers from discriminatory employment practices in all aspects of employment such as hiring, firing, promotion, wages, and salary. California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) extends the protection against race/national origin/religious discrimination or harassment in the workplace to include employees of an organization with at least five full- or part-time employees.
Race/national origin/religous discrimination includes discriminating against an employee or job applicant based on: racial stereotypes, physical characteristics, culture, national origin, ancestry, birthplace, language, and even surname. Race discrimination also includes color discrimination, which is discrimination against an employee or applicant on the basis of his or her skin color; therefore, a discrimination claim can be based on the color of an employee’s skin rather than race, even if the alleged harasser is of the same race.
Regrettably, workplace discrimination based on race/national origin/religion is still widespread. If you believe that you have been discriminated against because of your race/national origin/religion, call the attorneys at Tash Law Group for a free consultation.