Sexual Orientation Discrimination

“Sexual orientation” is defined by the statute as heterosexuality, homosexuality, and bisexuality, but the FEHA also prohibits discrimination against transgender/transsexual people.

Employees are protected against discrimination and harassment on the basis of his or her perceived or actual sexual orientation under the California FEHA.

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Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA):

The Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) prohibits harassment and discrimination in employment because of race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, ancestry, mental and physical disability, medical condition, age, pregnancy, denial of medical and family care leave, or pregnancy disability leave and/or retaliation for protesting illegal discrimination related to one of these categories, or for reporting patient abuse in tax supported institutions. You may file a private lawsuit under the Fair Employment & Housing Act.

– California DFEH

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