Understanding ‘Protected Classes’ in California

Understanding protected classes is important for ensuring fair and equitable treatment for all individuals. California has comprehensive anti-discrimination laws that safeguard the rights of diverse groups of people. The Los Angeles discrimination lawyers at Moore Ruddell LLP, stand strong in our commitment to protecting these rights.

Federal Protected Classes

Federal law provides a foundation for protecting individuals from discrimination and harassment, offering a shield to various groups based on specific characteristics. The protections granted at the federal level serve as a baseline, with many states, including California, expanding upon these protections to include additional classes.

Overlapping Protection in California

While these federal laws offer substantial protection, it’s important for you to know that California provides additional protections and expands on the categories protected under federal law. Integrating federal and state laws offers a comprehensive network of protections for diverse groups of individuals, ensuring that your rights are defended.

California Specific Protected Classes

California provides additional protections beyond federal law. Protected classes in California include but are not limited to, race and color, religion, national origin, ancestry, physical and mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, age (40 and over), military and veteran status, and sexual orientation.

Protection Against Discrimination and Harassment

Your rights and protections in California are upheld under the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). This Act allows you to report discrimination or harassment based on belonging to a protected class. We at Moore Ruddell LLP can assist in ensuring that your rights under FEHA are upheld and that any violations are addressed appropriately.

Enforcement of Rights

If you believe your rights have been violated, you can file a complaint with the Department of Fair Employment and Housing. The complaint process involves specific steps and timelines that need to be adhered to for a successful claim.

We are Here to Help

At Moore Ruddell LLP, we are committed to offering support, guidance, and legal assistance to help ensure that your rights are protected. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation to discuss your situation and explore the legal options available to you. Your rights are important, and we are here to help ensure they are upheld and defended at every turn.

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