California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”) makes it unlawful for a Los Angeles employer to discriminate on the basis of an individual’s race or ethnicity. This means a Los Angeles employer may not take any adverse employment action(s), such as demote, terminate, or refuse to promote an employee, because of their race or ethnicity.
The FEHA also prohibits harassment in the workplace based on race and ethnicity. A wide range of conduct may give rise to liability for harassment based on an individual’s race or ethnicity, including the use of epithets, derogatory comments, disturbing racially offensive materials, or racial slurs. Although the law generally does not prohibit occasional, isolated, or trivial comments, harassment can be established when the comments are so severe or pervasive that it alters the conditions of employment and creates a hostile or abusive work environment.
A Los Angeles employer has a duty to remedy instances of harassment as well as take steps to prevent such harassment from occurring in the future. An employer who fails to remedy problems in the workplace may be held liable for the harassment despite having a formal policy prohibiting such harassment.
If you have been subject to unlawful discrimination or harassment in the workplace, we can help. In order to evaluate your individual situation and determine the appropriate legal remedies, contact our office today for a free consultation.