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What kinds of discrimination are banned in California?

In California, it's not legal to discriminate or harass anyone in the workplace or in other circumstances. There are protections in place that keep you, as a worker, safe from being discriminated against. For instance, did you know that your ancestry can't result in discrimination against you? That's important, because even if you were from a dangerous family in history or have an ancestry to a group of people that are biased against, you can't be denied employment or fired because of it. If you are, then you can work with your attorney to build a case for compensation or to get your job back.

Your marital status is also protected from discrimination by others. That is particularly important for same-sex couples today. No matter who you are married to, you can't be discriminated against because of it. In fact, it doesn't matter if you're married or not; your job shouldn't require a single or married person in particular.

Your race is not a good enough reason to be discriminated against. No one can stay that you aren't good enough for a job just because you're white, black, Asian or from another culture. There is no reason your race should define your abilities.

Your sex is also something that can't be discriminated against. Take for instance women who decide to get pregnant. It would be illegal for an employer to fire a woman because she chooses to become pregnant or because she has children. She can't be discriminated against for needing to breastfeed or because she needs reasonable assistance during pregnancy.

Source: The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, "California Law Prohibits Workplace Discrimination and Harassment," accessed Oct. 22, 2015

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