Los Angeles Office Location
Hennig Ruiz Law Firm
Not sure if you have a legal case? Call us to talk to a lawyer:
Free Consultations
424-394-0464
One Of The Most Successful Workers' Rights Trial Law Firms In California

Hiring Discrimination Laws in California: 5 Things Applicants Need to Know

Hiring Discrimination Laws in California

If you are looking for a job in California, state and federal employment laws are in place to protect you from discrimination during the hiring process. Despite the existence of these laws, you may still find that employers discriminate against job applicants.

As you are hunting for a new job, it is important to equip yourself with the knowledge of California's hiring discrimination laws. Here are five things you need to know before you submit your resume or head in for a job interview.

1) Hiring Discrimination is Prohibited by the FEHA and Title VII

Both the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibit employers from discriminating against job applicants due to their membership of a protected class. If you find that an employer may be subjecting you to hiring discrimination based on any of the following, you should consult a California employment attorney:

  • Sexual orientation
  • Gender identity and gender expression
  • Race or color
  • Ancestry
  • National origin
  • Religion
  • Sex
  • Pregnancy
  • Medical conditions
  • Disability
  • Age (40 and older)
  • Genetic information
  • Marital status
  • Veteran or military status
  • Political affiliations or activities
  • Status as a victim of domestic violence, assault, or stalking

2) Yes, You Can Work with Your Spouse

Under California law, an employer must not make hiring decisions based on whether your spouse already works for the company. However, in order to ensure that workplace problems are minimized, an employer may require you to work in a different department than your spouse, or assign job duties that do not fall under your spouse's supervision.

3) You Usually Don't Have to Disclose Juvenile Criminal History

It is now illegal for California employers to use certain juvenile records when making hiring decisions. California AB 1843 has amended the California Labor Code to prohibit employers from asking job applicants to disclose any juvenile convictions related to arrests, detentions, or court dispositions. There are some exceptions, including whether you apply for a job at a health facility and have a record of a felony or misdemeanor involving sex or controlled substance crimes within five years of applying for the job.

4) An Employer Can't Ask for Your Personal Social Media Accounts or Passwords

While you can't keep a potential employer from surfing the web and looking through your social media profiles, California's Employer Use of Social Media law prohibits both private and public employers from asking you for your social media usernames and passwords. If a potential employer demands that you hand over this information before or during your job interview, note that this a huge red flag and should be dealt accordingly by an expert California employment attorney.

5) English-Only Policies Are Only Unlawful Sometimes

Some California employers may require you to speak fluent English - and this can be legal. English-only policies can be established legally only if speaking fluent English 1) can be justified by business necessity, and 2) the employer has notified employees of the policy, when it should be observed, and the consequences if it is violated.

However, you may find that certain employers use an English-only policy to discriminate against individuals due to their national origin. If you feel that an employer has used an English-only policy in its application to deter you from applying for a job at their company, they could be violating California law.

Are You a Victim of Hiring Discrimination in California?

If you feel that you are being subjected to hiring discrimination, California employment law may be able to protect you. As soon as you notice signs of hiring discrimination, it is crucial to contact our expert Los Angeles employment attorneys at Hennig Ruiz since hiring discrimination claims can expire quickly. Contact us now for a free consultation.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
  • Super lawyers
  • California Employment Lawyers Association
  • Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles

What Our Clients Say About Us

  1. I needed great attorneys in a short period of time, it was an emergency situation. Some research led me to the Hennig-Ruiz law firm. We spoke on the phone and they had me come into the office and started on my case immediately. They got me exactly what I wanted and did it in the shortest amount of time possible. They were caring, fair and extremely good at what they do. I definitely would recommend them to anyone. -Scott Rooney

  2. If you are looking for legal representation I would suggest for you to consider Hennig Ruiz Law Firm. Put succinctly, their legal team was intelligent, hard working, responsive, and very knowledgeable throughout our time working together. While I of course cannot divulge details about the assistance that the firm provided for me, I can and will say that their representation was pivotal and changed my life for the better beyond words... -Shane Guglielmo

  3. I went to this firm to have a separation letter reviewed and met a young lawyer named Janet Hong. She was extremely friendly, professional, thorough and quick. She reviewed the documentation promptly and gave me actionable advice. I was able to resolve everything quickly. I would not hesitate to recommend Janet to anyone seeking legal services. -Brendan Hagerty

Schedule a Free Consultation

Ready To Start Protecting Your Rights? Call 424-394-0464

Not Sure Whether You Need Lawyer?

Answer a few questions to see whether you have a case.
Get Started Here

Office Location

Hennig Ruiz Law Firm
1925 Century Park East
Suite 1960
Los Angeles, CA 90067

Toll Free: 800-260-6542
Phone: 424-394-0464
Fax: 310-843-9150
Map & Directions

Free Consultations

Contact Us