In employment law, the word “discrimination” is narrowly defined, limited in context and refers to actions taken against protected classes of people.

This section thoroughly explores employment discrimination as defined by both federal and state anti-discrimination laws, including:

  • Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII)
  • The California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA)
  • The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA)
  • The California Fair Pay Act
  • Other state and federal protections
  • Please note that the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) recently changed its name to the Civil Rights Department (CRD), and the Fair Employment and Housing Council (FEHC) is now the Civil Rights Council (CRC). CalChamber is currently reviewing all of our content and will make changes accordingly.

This section is designed to help you recognize and avoid unlawful discrimination in your workplace. Also, you’ll read about how these laws are enforced and who is held liable for acts of discrimination. In addition to commonly recognized employment discrimination laws, this section discusses other, less widely known state and federal protections against discrimination and retaliation.

Harassment discusses sexual harassment and workplace harassment in general. Disabilities & Accessibility discusses disability discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Finally, making your business fully accessible to the public is detailed in Accessibility.