Penalties for Discrimination

The penalties for engaging in unlawful employment discrimination differ based on the violated law and the agency or court in which the penalty is assessed. All cases can have a substantial financial impact and lay the groundwork for similar claims by other employees.

Once you receive a complaint, consult with legal counsel to determine the best option for your company. Options include:

  • A settlement to resolve a claim before a formal complaint is filed
  • Mediation offered by DFEH or the EEOC after a complaint is filed​