Protected Classes

In California, discrimination based on the following protected bases is prohibited:

  • Age, for people 40 and older
  • Genetic information
  • Marital status
  • Medical condition (including cancer/genetic characteristics) or AIDS/HIV status
  • Mental or physical disability
  • National origin and ancestry, including:
    • Language use restrictions
    • Holding a driver's license granted under Vehicle Code section 12081.9 (for undocumented persons)
  • Pregnancy and perceived pregnancy
  • Race and color
  • Religion
  • Sex, including:
    • Pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions
    • Gender identity or gender expression, this includes transgender status
  • Sexual orientation
  • Military and veteran status

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