What are the types of employment discrimination?

Discrimination is an act prohibited by United States law. For this reason, employment law covers and defines the entire relationship between the employer and the worker to prevent any act of discrimination from happening.

Today, abuse and exploitation in the workplace are often very subtle, but this does not make them any less harmful. When one of our clients faces a case of discrimination, the first action is to know the type or reason for the discrimination; in this way, our team will analyze it and instruct you on whether it is possible to generate a claim for employment discrimination. The victim must share all possible details, especially if there is evidence of the abuse suffered.

Discrimination is one of the most common forms of mistreatment at work. Both federal and state laws have established a list of “protected classes.”

Classes protected at the federal level include:

  • Race
  • Religion
  • Color
  • Nationality
  • Sex (and as a subset, pregnancy, childbirth, and all associated medical conditions)
  • Disability
  • Age (for those over 40 years old)
  • Citizenship
  • Genetics


Additionally, California state law has added the following protected classes:

  • Civil status
  • Sexual orientation
  • Gender identity / expression
  • HIV / AIDS diagnosis
  • Medical condition
  • Political affiliations
  • Status as a military or veteran
  • Status as a victim of domestic violence or stalking


If you are a member of any of these classes and are treated differently or adversely because of it, you are being discriminated against. Do you suspect that you have been a victim or have been mistreated at work? Contact Blanco and Arias to discuss your case.

Our first consultation is absolutely FREE. And remember, we all have the right to work in a safe and respectful work environment. Your employers are the first responsible for creating the right conditions to promote a safe environment both physically and mentally.

Call us today. Our team will serve you with diligence and integrity!

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