Laws Prohibiting Discrimination

Many federal and state laws contain prohibitions of discrimination in employment. These laws include the principal federal and state civil rights legislation, plus other laws that regulate the employment relationship. You may face discrimination claims from employees for unexpected reasons. It is important to be familiar not only with FEHA and Title VII, but with other laws as well.​​​​

  • California Constitution

    California ConstitutionThe California Constitution, Article I, section 31, provides that California state government shall not discriminate  More »

  • California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA)

    California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA)The FEHA1 prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of race or color, religious creed, national origin or ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, marital status, sex, age and sexual orientation.  More »

    Read about a new 2016 agency action​.
  • California Unfair Competition Law (UCL)

    California Unfair Competition Law (UCL)A California appeals court significantly raised the extent of potential employer liability with a ruling that the state’s Unfair Competition Law (UCL)1 provides a basis for remedying claims of discrimination in violation of the FEHA.  More »

  • Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII)

    Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII)You are covered by the discrimination provisions of Title VII1 if you engage in an “industry affecting commerce.”  More »

  • The Civil Rights Act of 1991

    The Civil Rights Act of 1991The Civil Rights Act of 19911 amends both Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 19642 and section 1981 of the Civil Rights Act of 1866.  More »

  • Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA)

    Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA)You are covered by the ADEA1 if you are a private sector employer, engage in an “industry affecting commerce.”  More »

  • California’s Fair Pay Act

    California’s Fair Pay ActThe Equal Pay Act1 (EPA) is part of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).  More »

    Read about 2016 legislation.