The Fair Employment And Housing Act: A Powerful Legal Tool
In California, the primary law protecting employees from harassment, discrimination and retaliation is the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), first passed in 1959. This law prohibits these behaviors when used to target a wide range of demographic minorities, and it has proved to be a remarkably effective tool in asserting employees’ rights and creating more equitable work environments in our state.
Unfortunately, FEHA is also quite complicated to navigate. Filing a FEHA complaint requires understanding a complex set of regulations, and completing a long list of exhausting administrative procedures within a specific time frame before the statute of limitations has expired for a particular FEHA violation. The best way to navigate FEHA effectively is to work with an experienced employment law attorney.
At Sabharwal Law Offices, we are committed to helping everyone enjoy a safe, supportive and productive work environment. After hearing the details of your workplace situation, we will help you understand your options. If you decide to move forward with a FEHA complaint, we will stand up for your rights as your advocate in the legal system.
Who Is Protected By FEHA?
The California Fair Employment and Housing Act protects employees from discrimination and harassment based on the following characteristics:
- Race and skin color
- Religion (including religious practice dictating dress, hairstyle and grooming)
- Sex and gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions)
- Sexual orientation
- Transgender identity and other issues of gender identity
- Military or veteran status
- National origin (including language use)
- Mental and physical disability
- Marital status
- Requests filed for family care leave
- Requests filed for leave for an employee’s own serious health condition
- Requests filed for pregnancy disability leave
Navigate FEHA With A Lawyer’s Help
To learn more about how Sabharwal Law Offices can help in your case, come in for an initial consultation. To schedule an appointment, just call 510-969-2109 or send us an email. From our offices in Berkeley, we serve clients throughout the Bay Area and Northern California.