Call For a Free Case Evaluation 800.370.7102
When Life Takes a Turn, Turn to Diefer Your Side Deserves to Be Heard

Employment Law & Protected Classes

American workers are protected by a number of state and federal laws that protect them against discrimination in the workplace. These laws are designed to ensure that employees of all walks of life have the right to be treated fairly by their peers and employers. Many of these laws have been established over the course of time through several prominent legislative acts, including:

  • Civil Rights Act of 1964 & 1968
  • Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967
  • Equal Pay Act of 1963
  • Pregnancy Discrimination Act
  • Immigration Reform and Control Act
  • Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990
  • Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act
  • California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA)

These acts have all played a significant role in furthering the rights of applicants and employees and protecting them against some of the most common forms of harassment and discrimination. As defined under federal law and California's Fair Employment and Housing Act, a protected class is a person's characteristic that cannot be targeted for discrimination. Examples of protected classes under both federal and California law include:

  • Race, Color, or National Origin
  • Sex
  • Religion
  • Familial Status
  • Pregnancy
  • Citizenship
  • Disability, Medical, and Veteran Status
  • Age (Age 40 and Over)
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Political Affiliation

Employees who have faced harassment or discrimination for any of the protected classes have the right to file a claim to hold employers liable for their losses. At Diefer Law Group, PC, our Orange County employment lawyers are prepared to help employees who have faced discrimination better understand their rights and the ways in which we can help. As there is a statute of limitations in place for most discrimination claim – within one year – it is strongly advised that individuals bring their case to the attention of our legal team as soon as possible.

To discuss your claim personally with an attentive and experience Orange County discrimination lawyer, please request your free case consultation or call (949)945-0171.