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June 14, 2023

Workplace discrimination is a pervasive yet often unaddressed problem, lingering like an invisible barrier between applicants and their dream jobs. Despite laws intended to ensure equal opportunity employment, there’s a persistent prevalence of discrimination during the job interview process in California, as elsewhere.

The Different Facets of Discrimination

Discrimination takes many forms, and understanding these is key to both acknowledging its existence and combating it. One form of discrimination is “direct,” where an individual is treated less favorably due to attributes such as race, gender, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, or marital status. “Indirect” discrimination, on the other hand, involves seemingly neutral practices that disproportionately affect certain groups of people.

The California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA)

The FEHA is a crucial law designed to prevent employment discrimination in California. It prohibits discrimination against job applicants based on race, color, national origin, religion, age (40 and over), sex, pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, medical conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth, physical or mental disability, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, military or veteran status. Yet, despite this comprehensive legal protection, some employers may still subtly, even unknowingly, allow discriminatory practices to creep into their hiring processes.

Tackling Discrimination: A Collective Responsibility

There’s a growing need for businesses to introspect and scrutinize their recruitment procedures. Making job descriptions more inclusive, de-emphasizing ‘culture fit,’ and providing unconscious bias training for hiring personnel can help create a more equitable hiring landscape. Equally important is creating an environment where potential employees feel safe to raise concerns without fear of retaliation. Companies that embrace diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives tend to be more innovative, and productive and have better employee retention rates. They understand that a diverse workforce isn’t just an ethical choice – it’s also good for business.

The Role of Applicants in Combating Discrimination

As a job seeker, being aware of your rights is vital. If you suspect discrimination, there are resources available to support you. The Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) can investigate potential violations of the FEHA, and legal action may be possible if you’ve experienced discriminatory hiring practices.

Moreover, it’s important to note that while employers have a significant role in eradicating discrimination, applicants can also contribute by holding companies accountable. By standing up against unfair treatment, sharing experiences, and demanding change, applicants can help bring about a more inclusive and equitable job market

Contact Azadian Law Group For Your Free Consultation

If you believe you have experienced discriminatory hiring practices, contact the experienced attorneys at Azadian Law Group by messaging us here, or call us at 626-449-4944. We are here to help guide you and ensure you get the justice you deserve.



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