Marital status discrimination in the workplace

Did you know that according to the Employment law in California, an employer can not deny a job because of the status marital of the person? 

Under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), it is illegal for an employer to discriminate based on an applicant’s marital status or perceived marital status. Some examples of marital status discrimination include:

  • Refusing certain employment benefits to single employees
  • Denying hiring someone because of who they’re married to
  • Firing, demoting, bearing, or discharging an employee for getting married
  • Refusing to select you for a training program because of your marital status
  • Paying you less because of your marital status
  • Reduce your salary because of your marital status
  • Denying equal pay because of your marital status
  • Denying a promotion because of your marital status 
  • Denying reinstatement because of your marital status
  • Denying benefits because of your marital status
  • Forcing you to quit because of your marital status
  • Harassing you because of your marital status


This type of discrimination does not only affect a sector of the population; it is not exclusive to those who are married or single. The reality is that anytime your marital status negatively influences your chances and opportunities, it’s wrong. Marital status can include a variety of situations, such as:

  • Currently married
  • Divorced
  • Married to a same-sex partner or opposite-sex partner
  • Engaged in being married
  • Married but separated
  • Married but seeking a divorce
  • Widowed
  • Annulled marriage
  • Plans to get married someday
  • Plans to never get married
  • Other marital states


If you have been suffering Marital Status discrimination, you should file a claim to be compensated for the damages suffered. They could be:

  • Back pay 
  • Front pay
  • Higher-income from a promotion or raise
  • Benefits
  • Pension benefits
  • Bonus payments
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Reimburse their (victim) expenses for attorney’s fees and court costs.


Again, it is a civil right to have the opportunity to seek and hold employment without discrimination based on your marital status. If you are a victim of this type of discrimination, call us today to review your case and guide you through the legal process. 

Don’t be afraid to start a legal claim against your employer. 

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