Although sexual harassment receives the most attention and publicity, harassment on the basis of any protected class status violates federal and state law and is considered a form of discrimination. In addition, prohibitions against harassment on the basis of protected class contain significantly broader coverage than other types of protected class discrimination. Although other FEHA provisions apply only if you have five or more employees, the harassment provisions apply to all employers who employ one or more people or who hire independent contractors.1 All California employers are prohibited by law from harassment based on belonging to any protected class.

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