Types of Discrimination

Types of Discrimination:

Learning how to identify workplace discrimination is an important step in enforcing your workplace rights. Discriminatory actions generally fall into the following types of categories:
Disparate Treatment: A victim of disparate treatment is usually intentionally singled out by the employer and treated unfairly because of a protected characteristic, including: race, religious creed, skin color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, and sexual orientation.
A victim of “disparate treatment,” might be someone who:
  • Feels unsafe or humiliated because of repeated remarks made by a supervisor or co-workers about her gender or religious dress.
  • Is denied a request for a promotion because the employer chooses a different candidate of a different race who is less qualified.
  • Is denied a disability accommodation or reinstatement after taking medical leave.
Disparate Impact:  This type of discrimination occurs when an employer has a particular policy or practice that is not actually required for the job, but has a discriminatory effect on an individual or a group of people.
  • For example, perhaps you work for a Company where a supervisor imposes lifting requirements even though the job does not actually require lifting. Such requirements typically tend to exclude women and persons with certain disabilities.
This list is by no means exhaustive. Only an experienced attorney can determine whether you have a cause of action for illegal discrimination. This is especially true because employers often attempt to hide their discriminatory actions under the guise of legitimate business reasons such as “layoffs” or “reorganizations.”
If you have been terminated for discriminatory reasons, we strongly urge you to contact us for a free consultation.  California has strict deadlines for initiating legal action.  We provide free and confidential consultations to advise you of all of your legal options.  Our attorneys are dedicated to holding California’s employers accountable and obtaining maximum recovery for your losses.

For more information about California laws relating to wrongful termination, please visit the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

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