It is unlawful for an employer or prospective employer with five or more employees to subject you to unfair treatment based on any of the following protected categories: sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, reproductive health decision-making, marital status, race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, age (40 and over), physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, or veteran or military status. If an employer or prospective employer took an action related to your application, hire, transfer, promotion, compensation, working conditions, or separation of employment based any of these protected categories, it may have subjected you to unlawful discrimination under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act.
Employers can also be liable for failing to take reasonable steps to prevent discrimination from occurring.
Victims of discrimination can recover back pay (past lost earnings), interest on back pay, front pay (future lost earnings), damages for emotional distress, punitive damages, and attorney’s fees and costs. Non-monetary remedies are also available, such as hiring or reinstatement, promotion, policy changes, and training.